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By Traci Chapman
El Reno city officials Thursday morning issued notice they would begin water rationing, in the wake of conservation measures put into place by Oklahoma City.
Rationing for yard sprinklers and irrigation systems was to begin at noon Thursday, Jan. 17. The mandate will put residents on an odd-even watering system. Anyone with even-numbered address may water on even dates, while those with odd-numbered addresses would be allowed to water on odd-numbered dates. Hand watering would be allowed any day.
City officials said rationing would also be implemented for irrigation at some public recreational locations.
El Reno first received word from Oklahoma City it would be instituting rationing late Wednesday. Because El Reno receives some water from Oklahoma City, officials routinely put restrictions into place when asked to do so by the larger municipality.
Matt Sandidge, El Reno community services director, said while some rain had fallen recently, it was far short of what was needed to break the long-standing drought.
“The good news is there are not a lot of people watering their lawns because their dormant,” Standidge said Thursday. “Even though it seems we’ve had some recent moisture, it’s going to take a lot more – we’re still in a severe drought.”
Rationing will continue until officials declare it ended, Sandidge said. More information was available at cityofelreno.com, Cable Channel 20, the city of El Reno’s Facebook page and Twitter account, Sandidge said.