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Frederick enacts water conservation policy

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FREDERICK, OK (KSWO) -Despite all of the rain that has filled up reservoirs, Frederick has decided to implement water conservation measures.

A Stage 1 water conservation is in effect as of April 26 in Frederick. Outdoor watering is banned between noon and 6 p.m. every day. Violators can be fined up to $200 or 30 days imprisonment. Frederick City Manager Robert Johnston said it's all about being prepared for the next drought.

About four years ago, the city of Frederick went through a long, horrible drought as the levels at Lake Frederick dropped below 25 percent capacity and put a toll on the city's water supply.

"I think we learned a lesson the past four or five years, and it’s been learned before and will be learned again as droughts are part of nature’s cycle. As rainfall slows down and water supply diminished, you need to make adjustments and in this part of the world, water conservation is never a bad idea," Johnston said.

The city has sent letters that include the regulations, such as outdoor watering of lawn and plants, pool filling, vehicle washing and washing of parking lots, driveways and sidewalks to all of the residents.

"I think that's just another way to keep the conservation in front of our heads. That's not good, it's very inefficient…get a sprinkler out there in the middle of the afternoon, it's throwing water up in the air, it's evaporating before it has any beneficial use," Johnston said.

Johnston also says Lake Frederick and Tom Steed Reservoir are the town's primary sources of water, but even with the levels at 100 percent capacity right now, people need to use water wisely.

"I think use the water you need when you need it. Just realize that things happen," he said.

Johnston says they've had very good cooperation from the city and hopes to continue to help educate the community and businesses about the need for conservation.

Frederick's mandatory water conservation measures will be in effect until further notice from the city. 

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