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March 14, 2013

Water rationing law set for Duncan


Duncan City Council approved an amendment to the city code on Tuesday, designating conditions for water rationing, stages of water rationing and penalties for violation of the codes.
“Pray for rain,” Mayor Gene Brown said.
The measure was taken as the city is preparing for another year of drought conditions. With the short supply of rain the past few years, city administrators believe it is necessary for the procedures to be put in place should water rationing be needed.
Before the city begins water rationing, they will give the public 72 hours notice by publishing it in The Duncan Banner. If it is not possible for this amount of notice to be given, the city shall place a copy of the proclamation, signed by the mayor in 10 prominent places around town such as city hall, the police department, the library, the Simmons Center and the Stephens County Courthouse.
Should there be a sudden or unexpected event that reduces the availability of water or water pressure that creates an immediate threat to public health or safety, the notice will be given by any reasonable means and the water rationing will be in full force.
There are four stages to the accepted city code, three of which are mandatory while the first level is voluntary.
“Voluntary restrictions would go into effect when either the demand on the water plant is 90 percent of capacity for 14 consecutive days or the combined municipal capacities of Lake Humphreys and Waurika Lake reaches a level of 75 percent,” Public Works Director Scott Vaughn said. “We have wrestled with this a long time and we wanted to be careful. We wanted to be diligent so we have also included a provision that if either of those lakes reached that condition the stage one restrictions may be declared.”
City Manager Jim Frieda asked that should the city declare a need for voluntary water rationing that the public be diligent in participating.

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