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.
Earlier today, Mayor Dewey Bartlett asked the citizens of Tulsa and its surrounding communities to voluntarily restrict their water usage. This request was based on that fact that 207.3 million gallons of water were used by Tulsans yesterday; this amount surpassed the point at which City of Tulsa ordinance requires the mayor to ask for voluntary restrictions on outside watering. In fact, if the same rate of water usage occurs today, Tuesday the 31st, then Tulsans will be looking at mandatory water restrictions.
The City of Tulsa has plenty of water in its reservoir lakes, but the age of the pumping equipment is a concern. Mayor Bartlett says they are replacing the equipment as the city has the funds available
City officials are keeping a close watch on the water usage, because they don’t want to over extend the pumps.
Rationing of water will start when the city has two consecutive days of water usage at or over 197-million gallons per day.
BRAGGS, Okla. (AP) — Officials in Braggs say the town is facing a water shortage.
Town Clerk Rebecca Smith says all 416 water customers have been asked to avoid outdoor watering and to not fill their swimming pools. Tulsa television station KOTV reports that the town hopes to open up a shared water line between Fort Braggs and the city of Braggs.