Water Rationing Avoided for Time Being

Aug 1, 2012

Water usage for the City of Tulsa and area customers reached 202.07 yesterday, July 31, which keeps residents and customers on voluntary restrictions. If water usage had reached 204 million gallons or more yesterday, the mayor would have enacted mandatory restrictions.

City ordinance states that if water use tops 197 million gallons per day (mgd) for two consecutive days, Stage 1 voluntary water restrictions will be asked for. That means customers are asked to limit outside watering to the hours between midnight and noon every other day, based on odd-even address numbers.

If water use tops 204 mgd for two consecutive days, Stage two mandatory restrictions will be imposed. Stage two would make those voluntary restrictions mandatory.

For stage three restrictions, if water use reaches 210 mgd for two days, watering would be restricted to the hours between midnight and noon every other day and with the use of a hand-held hose only. If use grows higher that 210 mgd, then outside watering could be prohibited.

The City of Tulsa asks that water customers continue to conserve and below are a few conservation tips to help not only conserve water, but save on customer water bills:

·         Adjust sprinklers so only the lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, driveway or street.

·         Run the clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. Customers could potentially save up to 1,000 gallons of water a month.

·         To avoid evaporation, it is most feasible to water your lawn in the morning or evening, along voluntary restrictions, to minimize evaporation.

·         Check the home for any leaks, including outdoors faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.

·         When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink basin or large container and rinse only when all the dishes have been washed.