Local & Regional
1:33 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Tulsa Water Restrictions Lifted

Mayor Bartlett issued an executive order today lifting Stage 1 Water Usage restrictions for City of Tulsa water customers. Tulsa water customers include residents in: Tulsa, Bixby, Catoosa, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso and surrounding water districts.

Stage 1 Voluntary Restrictions were implemented on Wed., Aug. 3 when the City of Tulsa used 207.6 MGD of water on Monday, Aug. 1 and used 207.4 MGD on Tues., Aug. 2, reaching the triggers set by ordinance with water usage deliverability reaching 94% for two consecutive days.

When voluntary restrictions were implemented, Mayor Bartlett took water conservation measures at city facilities, golf courses and closed splash pads and water playgrounds. With voluntary restrictions lifted, all splash pads and water playgrounds will be turned back on.

"Although the rain we are receiving is putting less strain on our system, we will continue to monitor the tank levels and water usage levels in case we may need to implement voluntary restrictions once temperatures spike again," Mayor Bartlett said. "The plants have been running near capacity for the past few weeks, but with the rain and Tulsans taking part in conserving, we were able to bring our water usage level down dramatically."

Although most Tulsa Park Pools will be closing tomorrow, Mayor Bartlett is extending days for Whiteside and Lacy Park Pools to remain open. Mayor Bartlett made this request and ensured funding was available for lifeguards and operations for the extended days the pools will be open.

"With the record breaking temperatures Tulsa is experiencing and expected to have through the end of August, I wanted to give children and residents additional facilities within the city where they could beat the heat," Mayor Bartlett said.

Whiteside Pool will remain open until Saturday, August 20. Lacy Pool will stay on its regular schedule until August 21, and then be open on weekends only - August 27 and 28, and September 3 and 4.