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The Drought Hasn't Dried Up Tulsa's Water Supply

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Water is something we need, so today's rain hit the spot as we are in a major drought situation. Oklahoma City and Bartlesville both have introduced rationing. But what about Tulsa, which supplies most of the community around us?

Lake Yahola is where we get our immediate water from and if you're wondering, Tulsa has enough water to last a year without rain.

Lake Yahola, holds raw water that comes from Lake Eucha, and Spavinaw and Hudson lakes. There is more that comes from Lake Oolagah. It's all part of an elaborate plan.  Right now Lake Eucha is down about 11 feet, but gaining since December, when city leaders decided to halt pumping to conserve water. Now Tulsa is tapped into Lake Hudson, which is full.

Still there is enough water that you don't have to worry for now. But city planners have been told the forecast predicts the drought will continue through spring.

If that happens, Tulsa could be asked to conserve water. As it warms, communities use more water. The problem for Tulsa has been not being able to treat the water, fast enough for the demand.

"If we should go through the fall and spring with minimal rain, depending on where we stand, with levels in the summer, we may look at voluntary or involuntary rationing. But there are a lot of factors that go into the decision to ration," said Clay Edwards, who directs water usage for the City of Tulsa.

To make sure Tulsa water standards are up to where they should be we all experienced a rate increase last year and we could see another in 2013.

Tulsa is also in the process of securing more water, from The Grand River Dam Authority and the Hudson Lake.

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