Oklahoma town bans outdoor watering

Saturday, July 26th 2008, 4:38 pm
By: News 9

Associated Press

NEWCASTLE, Okla. -- Low water-tower levels have caused officials from a McClain County town to ban outdoor watering for most of the weekend.

They are also considering stronger water-rationing rules.Newcastle's ban is in effect through 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Because the Grady County town of Tuttle buys most of its water from Newcastle, Tuttle residents will fall under the same rules as those in Newcastle, Tuttle interim City Manager Don Cluck said.

Earlier this week, Newcastle went to an odd-even water rationing schedule, but City Manager Nick Nazar said that didn't improve water pressure because residents watered their yards twice as much on their scheduled days.

Nazar said Newcastle is not in danger of running out of water, but that water-tower levels are low enough that it has resulted in low water pressure in some areas.

Nazar said it has not been determined what watering restrictions will be in place after the temporary ban expires, but that rationing will have to continue until temperatures cool and rain falls.