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SHAWNEE, Okla. -- Water rationing, including limitations on
residential watering, have gone into effect after months of drought
conditions shrunk the city's water supply.
Residents were told to water their lawns every other day and only
between midnight and 8 a.m. or 7 p.m. to midnight.
Violators can be fined $150 for a first offense by a municipal
judge, said City Manager Jim Collard, who announced the rationing
plan at a city council meeting.
Twin Lakes, the city's main water supply, is about 9 feet below
normal water levels, and weekend rainfall added only one-half inch to
"It wasn't enough," Collard said. "The ground is so dry that it
just sucks up the water. There's no runoff."
City officials could increase water rationing restrictions if
The municipal swimming pool will remain open unless the city has
to use the most restrictive level of rationing.
Collard encouraged people to use something other than car washes
for fundraisers and said he was preparing a letter to restaurants,
asking them to serve water only on request. He also will ask hotels
to post notices to customers asking that they reuse their towels.
He said no boats or Jet Skis will be allowed on the Twin Lakes
this summer, although swimming and fishing still will be permitted.
Shawnee also supplies water to Meeker and Bethel, both of which
have also imposed water rationing restrictions.
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