Drought and drinking water concerns spurred Oklahoma City to begin work on a 29-mile water pipeline nine years ago. The city draws its drinking water supply from six area lakes.
However, because of the recent drought, city officials said the city it now gets 70 percent of its drinking water supply from Stanley Draper Lake, Atoka Lake, and McGee Creek Lake.
Utilities department spokesperson Debbie Ragan said the pipeline currently under construction will help funnel water from those three southeast metro lakes to the northwest metro area.
“It's a very fast growing area out there in the west metro area, “ she said.
Ragan said right now, Lake Hefner is only at 42 percent of capacity.