Tulsa Mayor Lifts Voluntary Water Usage Restrictions

Thursday, August 11th 2011, 1:48 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett has lifted a water usage restrictions for water customers.

Stage 1 Voluntary Restrictions were implemented on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 when the City of Tulsa used 207.6 MGD of water on Monday, August 1 and used 207.4 MGD on Tuesday, August 2, reaching the triggers set by ordinance with water usage deliverability reaching 94% for two consecutive days.

8/3/2011 Related Story: City Of Tulsa Asks Customers To Voluntarily Limit Water Usage

Tulsa water customers include residents in Tulsa, Bixby, Catoosa, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso and surrounding rural water districts.

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 Friday, 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.