LAWTON, Okla. - Lawton Mayor John Purcell urged residents to conserve water during a Tuesday afternoon press conference. City workers have been trying to repair a generator that failed, which has been powering the water treatment plant in Medicine Park. At this time, the southeast water treatment plant is supplying water for the city, but it only handles about 25% of the total water volume for the city.
Citizens are asked to only use water for cooking and flushing toilets. Even with conservation efforts, Mayor John Purcell says it is possible some residents will experience low, or no water pressure over the next 24 to 36 hours. City Manager Larry Mitchell says the city will not run out of water. Mitchell says they will maintain a reserve supply, in case the city needed to battle a massive fire, for example.
They are working on short-term solutions to bring the water treatment plant back online, but Mayor Purcell said he expects the part needed to repair the plant will arrive Wednesday morning and then crews will be able to repair the generator and bring the plant back online. That process will still take a few hours.
Mayor Purcell stressed there is no truth to the rumor that the water is contaminated, or that the city will be shutting off the water at a specific time.