By Matt Montgomery
The City of Piedmont has imposed an outdoor watering ban effective as of Wednesday, Aug. 1.
City Manager Jim Crosby indicated that residents are allowed to use a water hose or water can if needed. However, they can’t leave a hose or sprinklers unattended. The City will hold an emergency meeting regarding the water ban at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at the George Fina Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public.
Crosby said he made the decision to ban outdoor watering and the major reason is keeping Piedmont’s water towers full.
“That not only affects water pressure in town, but it also affects firefighting capability,” he said. “So we’ve got to maintain as much pressure as we can in that.”
He added that Piedmont is using as much water as it ever has drawing almost 1 million gallons a day, mainly because of the drought, and last year the City pulled a tremendous amount of water from Oklahoma City, also affecting Oklahoma City’s water pressure.
He stipulated that under Piedmont’s contract with Oklahoma City, the City is allowed to take 12 million gallons a month and beyond that the City pays penalties and the cost of water goes up.
“We are way over, and we haven’t finished the month, but right now we are at about 20 million gallons,” he added. Read more →