Broken Arrow working to avoid water shortage this summer

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 2/24 6:32 pm Published: 2/24 5:06 pm

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Water stored for the city of Broken Arrow is running low.

Officials told FOX23 that if the city faces another dry season, there may not be enough water to meet the growing demand.

City leaders hope a new plant will help fix their storage capacity problems. The new plant should triple the amount of water they can treat within the city.

City Manager Thom Moton said if Broken Arrow can't provide enough water through a dry season, the city will go to mandatory water rationing-- something that worries people like Brandon Salinsbury.

“If it starts to get low, I probably would be concerned,” he said.

Moton hopes it doesn’t get that bad.

“Now, we have 6 million gallons of water that's treated at the water plant. In the past it’s only been 2 million gallons,” said Moton.

With the addition of the new water plant, Broken Arrow will be its own primary source for water treatment and storage.

“You'll want to have a certain amount of stored treated water in the distribution center and generally you want to have enough for the average peak day,” said Moton.

Even with the new plant, there will be just a 17-million-gallon capacity.

“The water tower that was presented last week would be a new water tower in the south part of town,” said Moton.

The new proposed tower would add another 2 to 3 million gallons. But either way, some people are preparing for the worst.

“Seems typical (that) most summers we have to limit the amount of water we put on our lawns anyway,” said Salinsbury.

The new water plant is on schedule to open this summer. The city can also use a water treatment plant in Pryor as a secondary source.

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