|Updated: 7/25/2012 11:26 am
||Published: 7/25/2012 11:25 am
Claremore officials are asking residents to voluntarily conserve water due to the extreme temperatures and dry weather taking a toll on the city’s water delivery system.
The city's water treatment plant is currently operating at maximum capacity and, while the amount of water needed to meet demand has not yet become a problem, water line breaks have made keeping the towers full difficult, resulting in very low water pressure, which could cause health and public safety issues soon.
If the pressure in the towers gets below a certain level, the city will be forced to issue a boil order. Officials also say low water levels would make it difficult for firefighters to fight a fire because of low pressure in the lines.
The city is asking residents to limit consumption during the peak hours of 5 am - 11 am and 4 pm – 9 pm. In addition, officials are asking residents to refrain from excessive outdoor watering, especially overnight when water is released to the water towers. People are also being asked to avoid filling pools or washing cars.
City officials hope the voluntary conservation will resolve the problem with filling the towers and usage can go back to normal soon. Officials warn if the problem worsens, the city will have to look at mandatory rationing with the potential for boil orders in the future.
Anyone with questions about the voluntary rationing can contact the City Manager's Office at (918) 341-8842.