Officials: Water Rationing Possible For OKC Residents

Monday, July 30th 2012, 11:46 pm
By: News 9

Extreme drought conditions prompt Governor Fallin to declare a state of emergency. Meanwhile, here in the metro, it's causing city leaders to keep a close eye on our water supply.

7/30/2012 Related Story: Oklahoma Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to Drought

On Monday, the city of Moore sent out an alert asking residents to only water their yards on certain days. With no relief in sight and lakes shrinking, Oklahoma City says that is a possibility for its residents.

7/30/2012 Related Story: Moore Residents Asked To Follow Water Conservation Program

A dry hot forecast has area lakes vanishing before our eyes.

"We're in for a stretch of extreme temperatures," said Debbie Ragan with Oklahoma City Utilities.

Right now, the city is pumping a total 185 million gallons of water a day from Lakes Draper, Overholser, and Hefner.

The record was hit last summer with 202 million gallons a day.

Oklahoma City says it needs the public's help. It's asking its citizens to limit the amount of outdoor watering, and water the lawn after 11 p.m. during low use times.

"Typically when we ask our citizens for help, we usually get some help," Ragan said.

Mandatory odd/even watering restrictions are not out of the question. Because right now, people in the far reaches of the city will typically experience low water pressure.