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City explains water conservation policy

LAWTON, Okla._ The City of Lawton has been under stage two water restrictions since March in an effort to try and conserve water, but for many the rules are an inconvenience.

Outside watering is limited to every other day and only between the hours of Midnight and 9 a.m. Even numbered addresses are able to water on even numbered days and vice versa.

Lakes throughout our area are losing millions of gallons of water each day. A lot of water is lost to evaporation, but the city says since evaporation happens slower at night, it’s a better time to use the additional water.

“(The) month of May, June, July (and) August, we have the highest evaporation rate,” says Afsaneh Jabbar, assistant director of water and wastewater.

At Lake Ellsworth alone, 28 million gallons of water was lost each day last month. That’s on top of millions more being used by Lawton residents at home.

When the city first put restrictions on water use many years ago it was to deal with water pressure issues. Jabbar says that is no longer a problem, because the city now has two treatment plants.

She also adds the Midnight to 9 a.m. time frame is easier to enforce: “If you were wondering why not start from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. in the morning, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. is one day and 12 a.m. to 9 a.m. is another day. So people will not know which day they are at and enforcement will become an issue,” she says.

While the inconvenience might be a reality for some, Jabbar says it's the only way for the city to know their water supply is under control.

“By putting these restrictions in place in a timely basis we extend the life of our water supply until the weather pattern changes.”

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