Water Treatment Water Quantity
Norman’s Annual CCR
The Environmental Protection Agency requires Water Utilities to inform the customers about the quality of water produced for consumption by the community. A brochure called the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) must be mailed to each customer and the utility must make a substantial effort to inform the public with press releases, internet access, and make it available in public places like libraries.
Every year the Norman Water Treatment Division has collected this information into an annual Consumer Confidence Report. The CCR is posted on our utility web site and a press release is issued letting the public know it is available. The EPA allows the Water Utility to
produce and distribute the annual CCR electronically. This has allowed us to minimize the carbon footprint by reducing paper, chemicals, and energy to printand mail the documents to the community. Anyone interested in having apaper copy of the report can request a copy be mailed to their residence by calling 405-321-2182 and placing a request wit the Water Treatment Division. We receive requests for print copies of
the CCR each year and will accommodate anyone needing a printed copy. This will also help as a cost controlling
measure and the city estimates savings of $7,500.00 annually. For most of our citizens, the notice in the
utility bill directing them where to go to view an electronic version has been
a success. If you have not seen our CCR
as of yet, please check it out at:
Water Conservation Tips
You can do your part to reduce the need for additional system expansion by conserving water and using water wisely. The City has material available on water conservation tips available at the City Hall, Building C, behind the drive-in window where you pay your water bills. Some are included here.
- Take brief showers and/or open faucets half or three-quarters open to minimize the total water use per shower. Installing a simple restrictor in the shower head or installing a low water use shower head can reduce water use by 25 to 35 percent. However, only opening the faucets part way will accomplish the same thing with no cost or installation required.
- Place plastic bottles or bags filled with water and a few stones in the toilet tank to reduce the volume of water used with each flush. There are also alternatives of toilet dams or low water use toilets available. These may reduce the total water used by 5 to 20 gallons per day. However, be aware that if your toilet is a newer model, it probably is a low water use model, and reducing the volume of water per flush may cause improper flushing.
- Encourage the use of faucet aerators on all kitchen and bathroom faucets, as these reduce the water flow while enhancing the rinsing action of the faucet stream.
- Use automatic dishwashers sparingly and only for full loads. Most dishwashers use 20 to 30 gallons per wash, and most or all of it is hot water. By washing only full loads or hand washing small amounts, you will save in both water and energy. When cleaning dishes for the dishwasher, wipe them out with a paper towel or napkin rather than rinsing, as this will save from 3 to 5 gallons.
- Wash only full loads of clothes, or match the water setting of the washer to the size of the load.
- Use a nozzle with a cutoff feature on your garden hose when washing your car or other outdoor items. This will let you cut off the water flow when not needed.
- Sweep driveways or patios rather than hosing them off, unless they border a flower bed or garden. If so, wash so the water will run to the garden or flower bed. Get double duty from the water used.
- Plant trees, shrubs and ornamentals that are adapted to dry conditions. Mulch around plants and shrubs to help limit evaporation and retain water. Use sprinklers sparingly and water after the sun goes down to limit evaporation. Where possible, use soaker hoses instead of sprinklers, as they are more efficient. Don't over fertilize your lawn, since this will make it require more water than normal.
- Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator for a cool drink. Do not run the faucet to chill the water.
- If you have a swimming pool, cover it when not in use to control evaporation.