Claremore Daily Progress


August 3, 2011

RWD3 issues outside watering ban

CLAREMORE — Residents in Rogers County Rural Water District No. 3 are now under a mandatory no outside watering order.

Officials made the change today as the strain on its water resources have left about 150 residents totally without water in the Keetonville area.

“The previous Mandatory Water Rationing guidelines are no longer in effect.  It is imperative that ALL OUTSIDE WATERING be suspended until further notice,” according to the district’s website.

“There are many customers in the Keetonville area that have and are doing without any water at this time.  We have to think about our neighbors first and adhere to NO OUTSIDE WATERING so that everyone will have essential water available.  We are aware that many have gardens, landscaping and other outside situations but we MUST think about the people that are being deprived of water, due to excessive water use”

“We understand this will cause a huge imposition to many but nothing compares to the health and well being of neighbors that are completely WITHOUT water.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.”

The Keetonville area on both sides of Hwy 20 is experiencing water outages due to high water usage in the entire rural Owasso area. Pumps are pumping to capacity. Towers are not capable of filling overnight due to high usage among customers south of Hwy. 20.

Due to high usage in the Tacora area, Avian Country and other elevated areas are also experiencing low to no water at this time.

All watering on 193rd, 76th and The Patriot golf course located at Stone Canyon are not serviced by RWD3 in any capacity.

“We are asking everyone to stop outside water use. Personal use for bathing, cooking, and other indoor use is ok, “ said Rick Stoll.

Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. the board will meet and discuss additional funding needed to enforce the ban. Customers who fail to abide by the order could face written citations from local law enforcement.  Citations will be written with fines ranging from $100 to $500 per violation. Warning citations will be issued on the 1st offense only.

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