|Updated: 7/31/2012 11:35 am
||Published: 7/31/2012 11:34 am
Claremore city officials are asking residents to continue with the voluntarily conservation they have been doing since last Tuesday.
Officials say things are improving, but there are other issues that are prompting this proactive measure.
The city requested the previous restrictions in an effort to increase the water level in the towers, particularly the towers on Talbert Hill. The towers were drained multiple times in a short period of time due to water line breaks. The low water level created a problem of low to no water pressure for the residents and businesses served by that tower. To avoid the health and safety concerns that are present due to low water pressure, the city made the request.
Claremore officials say citizens responded very well and the city measured a gradual increase in the water level and water pressure each day. Since the conservation request went out, the tower on Talbert Hill has seen a water level increase average of 20 feet. This increase helps eliminate the concern for a boil order or disabling the abilities of fire personnel, however, the extreme temperatures and dry weather are still taking a toll on the overall system.
Officials now say the lake levels are getting dangerously low. On Tuesday morning, the lake was down 26.16 inches and if it doesn't rain soon city officials will be forced to call for a mandatory water rationing. Officials say continuing voluntary conservation will allow the city to attempt to fill the towers now and operate the plant at a lower capacity to slow the drop in the lake level.
The voluntary restrictions the city is asking residents to limit consumption during the peak hours of 5am - 11 am and 4pm - 9pm. If possible, run dishwashers and washing machines only when needed and during off-peak hours. In addition, please refrain from doing excessive outdoor watering. Shut off any automatic sprinkler systems, wait to fill up swimming pools or wash cars at home until further notice.
City officials will continue to ask for voluntary conservation, until the temperatures break and the area receives enough rain to increase the lake level or until they are forced to make the request mandatory. Citizens who have questions about the City's request can contact the City Manager's Office at (918) 341-8842.