Bartlesville water supply increasing after storms

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Updated: 4/04/2013 8:36 am Published: 4/03/2013 5:09 pm

Lake Hulah is the main water supply for the city of Bartlesville, and it is finally getting back to normal levels.

For the past couple of months, the city’s water supply has been about 40 percent of what it usually is, but because of recent storms, both rain and snow, that number is up to about 74 percent.

In December, the city says water levels concerned them enough that they asked citizens to voluntarily limit how much water they used.  People who live there were asked to only do outside watering one day a week and to not wash their cars at home.

However, weeks of persistent precipitation have almost doubled the available water supply. Water officials say even though the available water supply has increased dramatically in the last few weeks, the city isn’t out of the woods yet.

“75 percent (of available water), it is still below what we normally see this time of year, so we’re in need of rain. The conservation measures are still voluntary, but they’re still in effect so we just ask citizens to be a diligent user of water,” Terry Lauritsen, City of Bartlesville Director of Engineering and Water Utilities, told FOX23.

Before the city of Bartlesville lifts those voluntary restrictions, they want to get to about 80% of their normal water supply.

The city of Bartlesville updates its available water supply percentage daily on its website. To visit that site, click here:

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