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Mandatory (Moderate) Water Conservation

The City of Norman is instituting “Moderate (Mandatory)
Conservation” because of the significant increase in water usage due to the
extended period of high temperatures with little chance of rain in the immediate
future. This represents Stage 2 in the City’s adopted Water Conservation Plan.
The trigger for starting Stage 2 conservation occurs when local water demand
exceeds the City’s water supply capacity by greater than 3 MGD (Million Gallons
per Day) for two consecutive days with no weather related relief in the
immediate future and water is being purchased from Oklahoma City at emergency
pricing.

Steve Lewis, City Manager, noted “The goal of ‘Moderate
Mandatory Conservation’ is to accomplish a significant reduction in the water
demand to more closely match the supply capabilities of the
City.”

Lewis went on to say “The
goal of this action is to help ensure that we have an adequate water supply to
maintain services. The drought plaguing much of the interior United States continues to stretch into
Oklahoma. The
U.S. Drought Monitor Report indicates severe to extreme drought has crept into
Oklahoma with 64% Oklahoma now portrayed in
at least severe drought. The outlook is for drought to persist or intensify
over much of the U.S.,
including Oklahoma, through at least the next couple of
weeks.” Cleveland County has joined the ranks of Oklahoma counties with
active burn bans. Currently 49 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties have burn bans in
effect. Yesterday Governor Mary Fallin has declared
a State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to
extreme or exceptional drought conditions.

Finally, Lewis noted “We must make the most efficient
use of existing supplies. Moving to Stage 2 restrictions now will allow the
water system to maintain supply for domestic water use, sanitation, and fire
protection. Implementation of these restrictions is needed in order to minimize
future adverse impacts on the water supply and to forestall drastic actions such
as limiting yard and landscape watering to one day a week and shutting down the
City’s splash pads. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and support”.

In Stage 2 of the City of Norman adopted Water Conservation Plan, the
following rules and regulations apply:

For Residential Customers:

  • ·
    All outdoor watering or irrigation is
    prohibited between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • ·
    Odd/Even water restrictions (house addresses
    that end with an even number water on even numbered calendar days; house
    addresses that end with an odd number water on odd number calendar days) for
    irrigation purposes are required for all customers with NO watering on Wednesday
    and Thursday of each week. The first days with no watering restriction will be
    Wednesday, August 8th and Thursday, August 9th. Hand
    watering gardens/plants/shrubs with a hose is allowed at any time. The
    31st day of the month is not included in the odd/even water rotation,
    but conservation is urged.
  • ·
    Excess water run-off from any landscaped area
    onto streets is prohibited whether by design, maladjustment to sprinkler system,
    or usage during high winds.
  • ·
    Washing of cars, trucks, trailers or other
    vehicles is prohibited unless these items are taken to a commercial
    carwash.
  • ·
    Washing or hosing down of buildings,
    sidewalks, driveways, patios, porches, parking areas or any paved surface is
    prohibited.

For Commercial Customers:

  • ·
    All residential watering and irrigation
    restrictions noted above apply.
  • ·
    Developers and commercial enterprises must
    wait until the current water emergency has passed before establishing any new
    landscaping.

For the City of Norman:

  • ·
    The City will follow the same watering
    conservation rules as the public.
  • ·
    City splash pad operation hours will be
    reduced by 2 hours each day.
  • ·
    Eliminate non-essential City water use (e.g.
    street cleaning, vehicle washing, flushing of water mains, fire hydrant testing,
    etc).

Additional information:

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    The conservation measures apply to City of
    Norman water
    customers. Those residents with private wells are not subject to City of
    Norman’s
    conservation rules.
  • ·
    The Mandatory Conservation Stage will be
    lifted by notice from the City Manager’s office. Notification will be in the
    newspaper and on the City web site.
  • ·
    Violating or ignoring the Mandatory
    Conservation rules may result in enforcement action as set in the City of
    Norman Code of
    Ordinances 21-501. Violations are considered a misdemeanor and punishable with
    fines not less than $50 or more than $750 per violation.
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    For more information about the Water
    Conservation Plan and to read the conservation plan in full, go to the City
    website http://www.normanok.gov/sites/default/files/Utilities/images/2011%20Water%20Conservation%20Plan.pdf