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March 27, 2013

Council passes water rationing clause

Mayes votes against water sales

DUNCAN — The council amended city ordinances as they pertain to water rationing during Tuesday’s council meeting. An emergency clause was also passed during the meeting and the changes will go into effect immediately.

The amendments laid out provisions for the sale and discharge of water from Lake Fuqua during times when water rationing was either suggested or mandated. Vice-Mayor Ricky Mayes voted “no” to every item on the agenda pertaining to the sale or discharge of water from Lake Fuqua. The remainder of the council agreed to pass the amendments.

“I agree with stage one and maybe stage two but stage three — when we get to that point, I do not think we ought to be able to sell it to anyone if we are restricting our residents,” Mayes said. “If it gets to that point where we are restricting our residents that strongly, I do not think we ought to be selling off our water. We have to look out for the citizens of Duncan before we have to worry about the oil companies.”

The amendment lays out restrictions similar to the restrictions laid out for water rationing for members of the public.

Stage one goes into effect when Lake Fuqua reaches a level of 75 percent or less. At this point, the General Manager shall, through appropriate means, restrict the sale or discharge of water. The amount of water sold or discharged should not exceed 235,000 gallons per day.

Stage two goes into effect when Lake Fuqua reaches a level of 60 percent or less. Again, the General Manager will be in charge of restricting the sale or discharge of water so not to exceed 150,000 gallons per day.

Stage three goes into effect when Lake Fuqua reaches a level of 50 percent or less. This will restrict the sale and discharge of water from Lake Fuqua to 150,000 gallons per day on Wednesday and Saturdays only.

Stage four goes into effect when Lake Fuqua reaches a level of 40 percent or less. At this stage, all sale or discharge of water from Lake Fuqua for non-municipal supply use is prohibited.

The city implemented voluntary rationing on Sunday asking the public to conserve water by limiting outdoor watering to the hours between 12 a.m. and 9 a.m. every participating. Those taking part in the voluntary water rationing should water on even-numbered days if their address ends in an even number and on odd-numbered days if their address ends in an odd number.

In other business, the council approved:

  •  The purchase of one van for the Community Labor Department from Carter Chevrolet for $24,561.
  •  Payment to Main Street Duncan for $3,190, as matching funds.
  •  Payment for  removal of abestos-containing materials in dilapidated residential structures to A & M Quality Asbestos Removal Company for $12,900.
  •  Payment to Crafton Tull Sparks for $29,147.50 for professional services rendered in conjunction with the Osage Waterline Improvements Project.
  •  A resolution proclaiming April as Fair Housing Month. Approval of Fair Housing Resolution.

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