Mayor Dewey Bartlett announces Stage 1 voluntary water restrictions for city of Tulsa

TULSA - The city of Tulsa called for voluntary water restrictions Tuesday, and may quickly follow with mandatory restraints.

Tulsa mayor Dewey Bartlett made the announcement a day after 207 million gallons of water was used, the highest amount of the summer. If Tuesday's water usage reaches 204 million gallons, city ordinance states mandatory restrictions would be enacted.

Residents will be under Stage 1 conditions, meaning customers will be asked to conserve water by limiting outside watering to the hours between midnight and noon every other day based on odd-even house numbering.

Broken Arrow residents and businesses have been asked to begin conserving their water consumption beginning Aug. 1.

If use continues to grow, outside water could be prohibited. Sixteen communities currently receive water from Tulsa:

  • Bixby
  • Catoosa
  • Glenpool
  • Jenks
  • Owasso
  • Skiatook
  • Sperry
  • Creek Rural Water District #2
  • Okmulgee Rural Water District #6
  • Osage Rural Water District #15
  • Rogers Rural Water District #3, 5
  • Turley Water District #3
  • Wagoner Rural Water District #4
  • Washington Rural Water District #3

In addition, Sand Springs and Sapulpa are emergency customers.

Below are the four stages of restrictions:

Stage 1 - Voluntary Restrictions:
The condition for Stage 1 shall exist when water usage reaches 94 percent of deliverability each day for 2 consecutive days. Stage 1 would be implemented when demand is 206 mgd for 2 consecutive days. Under Stage 1 conditions, customers will be asked to conserve water voluntarily by limiting outside watering to the hours between midnight and noon every other day based on odd-even house numbering.

Stage 2 - Mandatory Restriction of Outside Watering To Every Other Day:
The conditions for Stage 2 shall exist when water usage reaches 97 percent of deliverability each day for 2 consecutive days, or 213 MGD. Under Stage 2 conditions, the Mayor can order the mandatory restriction of outside watering to the hours between midnight and noon every other day.

Stage 3 - Mandatory Restrictions of Outside Watering To Every Other Day with a Hand-Held Hose:
The conditions of Stage 3 shall exist when water usage reaches 100 percent of deliverability each day for 2 consecutive days, or 220 MGD. Under Stage 3 conditions, the Mayor can order the mandatory restriction of outside watering to the hours between midnight and noon every other day by hand-held hose only.

Stage 4 - Mandatory Curtailment of Outside Watering:
The conditions of Stage 4 shall exist when water usage exceeds deliverability each day for 2 consecutive days. Under Stage 4 conditions, the Mayor may prohibit all outside watering.

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