Conserving water in Bartlesville

Tuesday, April 16th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Hulah Lake in northeast Osage County has about five weeks of water left. The lake is the main water source for the city of Bartlesville.

The lack of rain has forced the Bartlesville City Council to declare a state of emergency. The city council says they need state and federal funds to help them out during this drought.

Since mandatory restrictions took affect last week, water usage is down. City of Bartlesville public information officer, Joan Sehested, "We've gone from 8 and a half, 9 million gallons per day to 6 and a half million. So, people are paying attention and doing what they can to conserve.”

Commercial businesses are exempt from the water rationing rules but many have voluntarily cut back on water usage.