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Oklahoma City Facing Water Woes
Everyday for the past ten years Mike Lester walks his dog around Lake Hefner.
“We walk about an hour and 20 minutes a day,” said Lester
But lately mike has noticed something obviously different about the
“It’s dirt. There’s no water.”
“Lake Hefner is down about 17 feet. This is a record low,” said Debbie Ragan,
Utilities Spokeswoman for Oklahoma City.
Ragan blames the drought over the past few years for the record low
“We typically rely on the fall and spring rains to refill the lake. The
fall rain didn’t happen for us.”
While they haven't yet, Ragan says the low levels could result in major
water woes for the city
“Lake Hefner is our primary water supply.”
Residents draw more than 100-million gallons of water daily from Lake Hefner.
The city is considering several options including pulling water from
other sources to keep water flowing from faucets.
“We have water rights to two other lakes.”
But if that's not enough more aggressive action may be taken.
The city may implement water restrictions or raise the rates.
“Its always a possibility.”
Ragan says it is still too early to tell what will happen but says
residents need to use water wisely
“A good thing to do now is make sure we are not running our sprinklers
in the winter time.”
But only one thing will fix the problem
“We need rain and a lot of it.”
Which is exactly what mike is hoping for.
“I hope it rains a lot and fills everything up.”
Posted: Thursday, January 10 2013, 10:31 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. Legislature honors Moore schools educators
May 23, 2013 22:06 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Legislature is honoring two educators from a school district where a massive tornado destroyed one elementary school and heavily damaged another.
Robert Romines, incoming superintendent of Moore Public Schools, and Shelly McMillin, principal of Briarwood Elementary School, appeared before the Oklahoma House and Senate Thursday.
Their visit comes after a monstrous tornado ripped through Moore on Monday and destroyed the Plaza Towers Elementary School, killing seven third-graders. The same tornado heavily damaged Briarwood.
Romines says the area has witnessed a lot of devastation, but that it will rebuild. He asked lawmakers to pray for strength and wisdom and courage for the community.
Superintendent of Schools Janet Barresi says the Board of Education has agreed to suspend the remainder of Moore's school year and has waived some reporting requirements.
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