The City of Edmond has implemented mandatory water rationing effective immediately until further notice, per the OKC water emergency declaration.
The mandatory water rationing declaration was made by the OKC City Manager in an attempt to reduce daily peak consumption by all retail and wholesale water customers until further notice.
“Because of Edmond’s increased summertime water usage and record, extreme temperatures, we have begun to purchase water from Oklahoma City to meet our community’s water demands,” said Ashleigh Clark, City of Edmond Public Information Officer. “Because of our agreement with Oklahoma City, Edmond is required to implement level two mandatory water rationing schedule when Oklahoma City has initiated theirs,” said Clark.
Edmond’s daily water use during the summer months varies from 18 to 22 million gallons per day (MGD) with the average being less than 20 MGD. During the last several days, demand has exceeded 23 MGD.
Edmond, like many other cities in the state, is beginning to feel the effects of higher than normal temperatures combined with a shortfall in rain over the summer. Other metro communities affected by this mandatory rationing include OKC, Moore, Yukon and Norman.
Residents and businesses can follow the level two mandatory water rationing schedule listed below. This applies to only irrigation systems and sprinklers. Hand watering with a hose is allowed every day.
The City encourages compliance with the level two mandatory water rationing schedule. “City officials are confident residents understand this immediate need. We are certain residents will work with the City in assisting to reach our water capacity levels,” said Clark. Citations for watering not consistent with the level two mandatory water rationing schedule could result in a citation amount of up to $240.
The City of Edmond will continue to monitor our water levels and work with Oklahoma City on communicating any changes.