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Bartlesville Water Supply Examined


 The current state of the water supply was examined last night during the Bartlesville city council meeting.

 City Director of Water Utilities Terry Lauritsen says the projected water supply could fall to below 25% by January of next year, if there was no rain, or dripping, and if consumers reduced their water consumption. The water supply currently sits at 65.1% as of last week.

 Lauritsen says if levels reach a critical point in supply level, regular habits will have to change, or members of the community can pay extra for an extended amount of water supply. Councilman Lauren Roszell says the use of stages concerns him.

 Water usage has four stages, with the city in stage 1 currently. Stages two, three, and four will have restrictions. The main differences are noticed in stages three and four. In stage three, when the supply drops below 59%, restrict all outdoor watering to once per week. Any usage over that amount will be subject to fines. Stage four, which is below 44% total water supply, all outdoor water use is banned, and city pools will be closed.

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