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OKC implements odd/even water rotation


Staff report

As long as the temperature remains high and the rainfall low, citizens will be at risk of low water pressure. To help ease these problems, the City of Oklahoma City this weekend sent to The City Sentinel and other news organizations a release asking all citizens to begin an odd/even water rotation program immediately.


Wholesale customers are required to comply with this outdoor watering restriction.


Citizens whose house numbers end in even numbers are asked to water on even-numbered days. Likewise, citizens whose house numbers end in odd numbers should only water on odd-numbered days. The odd/even rotation program applies to yard sprinklers and irrigation systems. Hand watering with a hose is allowed any day.


Low-water pressure can happen anywhere in the City. However, those most likely to experience reduced water pressure are those who live at the far edges of the city. As water is used along its way through the pipeline, the lower the water pressure will be for those near the end.


The odd/even watering rotation program will reduce the incidents of low water pressure that are unavoidable when everyone waters at once. 

The following water-use tips will help ease low-pressure problems:
        Avoid watering in between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. when people use the most water indoors.
        Water the lawn only when it needs it and in the early morning or late afternoon. Watering in the middle of the day allows most of the water to evaporate.
        Make sure the sprinkler is aimed at the lawn not the street or sidewalk. If you water when it’s windy, water will go everywhere but on the grass.

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