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August 3, 2012

UPDATE: Stillwater Utilities Authority asks southwest Stillwater residents to alter watering schedules

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater resident Pauline Poe hasn’t really noticed a water pressure problem in her Woodland Trails Drive neighborhood until she turned on her shower Thursday night.

“The pressure was low,” she said. “Other than last night, I hadn’t noticed any problems.”

Poe said she has experienced pressure problems during the previous two summers, and plans to comply with the Stillwater Utility Authority’s voluntary water restrictions, which were announced Friday.

The Utilities Authority is asking southwest Stillwater residents Friday to stop outdoor watering between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to increase water pressure to homes and businesses in the area.

Utilities Authority Director Dan Blankenship said residents west of Western Road and south of Lakeview Road barely have enough water pressure to bathe or brush their teeth in the morning because heavy use is draining the water tower at 19th and Range Road.

The tower had less than one foot of water in it at 6 a.m. Monday, Blankenship said.

“For some residents, this means the water pressure at their faucets was significantly less and that made it extremely challenging just to get ready for work,” Blankenship said. “We are asking our customers located west of Western Road and south of Lakeview Road to assist us in our efforts to maintain adequate pressure for all of your neighbors.”

Utility Authority customers normally use 6.5 million gallons of water a day. Water use hit 12 to 14 million gallons a day this week, Blankenship said. Stillwater’s water treatment plant has the capacity to treat 18 million gallons a day.

“The increase is almost entirely due to outside use, irrigation, swimming pools, etc.,” he said.

The Utilities Authority asks southwest Stillwater residents to:

• avoid outside watering between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• reprogram automatic sprinkler systems to water between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.

 

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