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July 18, 2012

RWD-3 implements water rationing

CLAREMORE — Effective immediately, Rogers County Rural Water District No. 3 customers are under a mandatory water rationing schedule. District officials announced the rationing Wednesday due to increase usage.

The mandatory water rationing is for all non-essential water usage which includes landscaping, yards, trees, gardens, car washing and pools, according to RWD-3 General Manager Rick Stull. 
However, the district is instituting an every-other-day usage plan for customers, similar to the plan it utilized in 2011.
Rationing has been prompted by customers using more water than the district can produce, Stull said.
The district’s storage facilities are “very low and water for fire protection could be jeopardized” without implementing a rationing plan.
Alternating Schedule
Customers living  west of North 177Th East Avenue are allowed water outside only on Monday, Wednesday and 
Residents living east of North 177th East Avenue and west of the Verdigris River or west of the Caney River may water outside only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Customers living west of NS-4150 Road (Owalla Road), east of the Verdigris River and/or east of the Caney River may water outside on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 
Residents living east of NS-4150 Road (Owalla Road) may water outside only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 
The district is mandating no watering on Sundays for all customers. 
“Non-complying customers will be written a warning for the first offence and for any subsequent offense(s) non-complying customers risk the shutting off of their water at the meter,” said Stull.  “The situation has become extremely serious and if the mandatory water rationing is not honored, and the current conditions remain, the District will have to further curtail usage by further and more stringent rationing which would ban all non-essential water use, implement fines and turn off meters for any non-complying customers.

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