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The City of Tuttle put restrictions on water usage. (File photo)
 
By Jeff Harrison
Managing Editor

The City of Tuttle has been forced to ration its water due to low levels in the city’s 12 water wells, said City Manager Tim Young.

“We’re hoping to make this as short term as possible and the length of the water rationing probably depends on our backup sources,” Young said. “We think it could last roughly a week up to a month.”

The City usually purchases water from neighboring communities during water shortages, but neither options are available, Young said.

“Typically we depend on Newcastle, but they’re having some issues at the moment,” Young said. “When they get those fixed, we’ll be fine.”

The water restriction was put into effect Wednesday morning and applies only to unattended outdoor water. All residents will be permitted to use water outdoors freely on an odd, even day schedule based on the last digit of their address.

“If the last digit of your address is an even number you can water on even days, and odd numbered addresses on odd number days,” Young said. “And we’re also asking well owners to follow the rationing too, so the wells can replenish.”

Young said rationing will also apply to filling swimming pools, but noted that residents can water by hand at any time.

Despite the recent rainfall, Young said the city’s water wells have not fully recovered from last year’s drought. He said the city is currently exceeding its daily capacity by 100,000 - 150,000 gallons.

“The good news is we got rain this year, but it’s come in downpours, which don’t allow the aquifers to recharge,” Young said.

Last year, Tuttle was one of the last local municipalities to enact restrictions on water usage. The City started rationing water in late July and did not lift the restrictions until September.

The rationing will not affect the price of water.

For up to date information on the water rationing visit cityoftuttle.com or follow the City of Tuttle on Facebook.




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