Claremore Daily Progress

July 31, 2012

Claremore Lake level dropping: Citizens urged to conserve water

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — The city of Claremore is asking water customers to continue voluntary water conservation as lake levels continue to drop due to extreme heat.

The extending drought and high temps have been creating recent water issues, but a new issue is on the horizon, according to city officials.

Communications Director Cassie Woods reports that low lake levels are now a concern and citizens need to continue to conserve.

Currently Claremore Lake is down 25.68 inches from normal, according to Woods.

“If lake levels drop another 10 inches then the city will be required to issue mandatory water rationing,” Woods said. 

With no rain in the immediate forecast city officials decided to continue conservation efforts until temperatures dip below 100 and it rains.

“Everyone needs to pray for rain,” Woods said. “It is the only thing that will save us.”

Previously the issues were a direct result of waterline breaks and tower depletion.

The issue with the towers in the city is improving and since last Tuesday, the tower on Talbert Hill has seen a water level increase average of 20 feet.

 “The voluntary conservation has helped tremendously,” Woods said.

This provided the opportunity for the city to increase water storage in the towers and city officials report that tower levels are recovering.

“We have not had any other major line breaks either, just some minor leaks,” Woods said.

Voluntary restrictions include residents being asked to limit consumption during the peak hours of 5 to 11 a.m. and 4  to 9 p.m.

In addition, officials are asking residents to refrain from doing excessive outdoor watering.  

Shutting off an overnight sprinkler system for a few days would help tremendously to increase the pressure in the towers to a safe level, Woods said.

Another big help would be to wait to fill up swimming pools or washing cars at home until further notice, she added.

Water continues to be pumped from Oologah Lake to help boost the lake levels, according to city officials.

The pumping alone is not enough to battle the extreme weather, however city officials are using every tool possible to help the situation.

Citizens who have questions about the city’s request can contact the city manager’s office at (918) 341-8842.