The Duncan Banner

Local News

July 31, 2013

More discussions likely on Waurika Lake reductions

DUNCAN — City Manager Jim Frieda says he wants to ensure that Duncan is treated equitably under a proposed 10-percent reduction in water that Duncan and five other cities draw from Waurika Lake.

 The Waurika Master Conservancy District decided last week to seek an across-the-board reduction in water tapped from the lake, basing the 10-percent cuts on consumption in 2011 and 2012.

 District Manager Dave Taylor said Tuesday that contrary to some media reports, the district did not order Duncan and the other five cities to make the reductions.

 He said the six cities verbally agreed to discuss the proposed reductions, which are being sought to conserve water given drought conditions that largely have persisted for more than two years.

 The district could lawfully impose restrictions, but Taylor said that is not the way they want to operate.

 “All the cities have to agree to it,” Taylor said. “We’re not going to force it down anyone’s throat.”

 Frieda said he is all for conserving water and protecting Waurika Lake, he just wants to make sure Duncan is treated fairly in any agreement reached.

 He said Duncan already has been drawing much less water from the lake than usual and should not face the same percentage cut as cities that might be drawing close to their maximum allowable rates.

 “We say kudos if everyone agrees to reduce their intake from Waurika Lake by 10 percent, but we’ve already been involved in taking less than we were allocated,” Frieda said.

 The other cities that draw drinking water from Waurika Lake are Comanche, Lawton, Temple, Walters and Waurika.

 Three of the cities - Lawton, Walters and Temple - temporarily stopped using water from the lake because of a water line break.

 Duncan has only been taking approximately one-third of its allocation in recent months. It has not chosen to draw water from Waurika to help fill two Duncan  lakes _ Humphreys and Fuqua - because more water would be lost to evaporation.

 Frieda also said it was the philosophy of Duncan Public Works Director Scott Vaughn that transferring water to Duncan’s own, smaller lakes would only deplete water from an already struggling Waurika Lake.

 “There is going to be further discussion because if somebody is taking 95 percent of their allocation and then taking a 10-percent reduction, and we are only taking a third and have a 10-percent reduction, then obviously we are taking a bigger hit,” he said.

 Taylor said Lawton in recent months has been taking the biggest share of its allocations - about 60 percent - but no city is close to taking their maximum.

 He also said rains in the past week have bumped up Waurika’s water level by about a foot - a nice jump. That and more rains could change the discussion entirely, he said.

 Vaughn said Tuesday that about a week ago, Waurika had dropped to 44 percent of its capacity. Thanks to rains, it was at 48 percent as of late Monday.

 Duncan has had restrictions on outside water use since May 9. It came close to imposing stricter restrictions a few weeks ago before three days of rain moved across the area.

Text Only
Local News
  • Council votes for cheaper, quicker water fix

    The Duncan City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to go with a $650,000 fix to its water infrastructure needs.
    The council approved a $43,000 contract with Crafton, Tull, Sparks and Associates to build a 1,000-foot long pipeline that will be capable of putting about 3 million gallons of water per day into Lake Humphreys.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23 DHS Band 0042.jpg DHS band wins fifth straight Sweepstakes

    The Duncan High School band received a rare distinction, winning Sweepstakes for the fifth consecutive year.
    Senior Cody Plumley is excited the band won Sweepstakes for its fifth year in a row, making the DHS Band one of the few school bands to do so.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Do the crime, you’ll face a bigger fine

    It just got considerably more expensive to be cruel to animals, ride a bike at night without a light, drive over a fire hose and noodle in a city lake.
    The Duncan City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to increase the amount of municipal fines and bonds associated with dozens of misdemeanor offenses.

    April 23, 2014

  • Sheriffs: State backing out on prisoner promises

    State efforts to save time and money by shuffling prisoners more swiftly through the system are riling local sheriffs who are losing money because of the efficiency program.
    A change in Department of Corrections practice is landing a “significant hit” on two-thirds of Oklahoma counties, which depend on reimbursements to house state inmates locally, said Ken McNair, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association.

    April 23, 2014

  • McKinney: DOC move will benefit Stephens County jail

    Oklahoma Department of Corrections efforts to move county inmates to DOC prisons has helped the Stephens County Jail dip below capacity.
    But Sheriff Wayne McKinney wonders why it took so long to happen when the county jail was overcrowded for several years.

    April 23, 2014

  • Officer urges volunteers to sign up for mentoring program

    A new in-school mentoring program trying to recruit volunteers got a boost on Tuesday night when Duncan Police Officer Julio Alvarez stepped onto a stage to tell a crowd of 50 spectators that a mentor helped him overcome the trauma of childhood victimization.
    “Go out and spread the word,” Alvarez said, urging people to sign up as mentors through a program that is being developed by The Well Outreach, Inc.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23 Assumption 0009.jpg Assumption Catholic to honor Pope John Paul II

    As Pope John Paul II moves toward being named a saint, Assumption Catholic Church will have its own celebration of the former head of the Catholic Church.
    Assumption will have a Divine Mercy Healing Mass at 6 p.m. Sunday to celebrate the canonization of John Paul II. John Paul II was pope from 1978 until his death in 2005.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-22 Tyee Percival OBIT.jpg Tyee Leon Percival

    April 14, 2009-April 19, 2014

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • City Council to consider airport runway rehabilitation

    A rehabilitation project could be coming to the runway at the Duncan Municipal Airport.

    April 22, 2014

  • High rainfall recorded for Duncan, more expected this week

    Duncan’s rainfall total for 2014 nearly doubled between Sunday night and Monday morning, when the community received 2.06 inches of precipitation.

    April 22, 2014