By Matt Montgomery
The City of Piedmont announced last Thursday that they would implement a odd/even water rationing schedule that started at 8 a.m., last Friday.
For those residents who live inside the city limits and whose house number ends in an even number, they will be allowed to use their sprinklers or outdoor watering devices on even days, according to the City. The same goes for those whose house number ends in an odd number. The odd number houses will be allowed to water on odd number days.
Even though some might think there isn’t much grass to water and some might not water during the winter months, the city said there are some residents who still use their sprinkler systems regularly to water their landscapes and fresh sod that’s been laid, especially in the subdivisions.
The City said they received an email from the City of Oklahoma City after 5 p.m., last Wednesday alerting them of the change. And since Piedmont uses some Oklahoma City water, they must follow the same schedule as Oklahoma City.
The email from Oklahoma City to Piedmont said the reason they implemented the new water rationing schedule was due to extreme drought conditions in Oklahoma City and surrounding communities.
Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby said if Piedmont doesn’t get the water it needs in the coming months then it will be a rough summer and year for the city.
Crosby said he is having a meeting Friday with Oklahoma City’s water director to talk about what lies ahead for Piedmont.
“I am very concerned about it,” he said. “At the present time, the future looks pretty bleak. The lakes are down, way down. Oklahoma City is looking at some alternatives for what to do in the future.”
Crosby said Oklahoma City wants to raise their water rates for everybody. And Oklahoma City is also looking at restricting their watering to once a week for everybody or none at all.
He said that if Oklahoma City and Piedmont have hot, dry summers like forecasters are predicting, then things won’t be good for the area.
However, Crosby said Piedmont is looking at alternatives. He said the city is working on their water wells and trying to get those going.
“We are working on our water wells for the summer so we can supplement as much as possible,” he said. “This time last year we were able to reduce the amount of water from Oklahoma City.”
The Piedmont City Council meets at 6:30 p.m., Monday.