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The City of Shawnee

 The City of Shawnee

Drought Management Plan

Updated August 2014
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As Citizens of the City of Shawnee, we must be constantly aware of our water needs and that there are times when it is necessary to conserve water. Prudent use of this essential natural resource is the responsibility of every citizen. We must all take voluntary steps to conserve our water than this must be reinforced each summer when the need for water becomes the greatest.

Many people believe that the changes involved with water conservation will somehow diminish their lifestyle. Following are some actions that we can take individually to conserve and reduce our water needs and expense. Many are simple onetime adjustments. Others involve simple changes in habits:

  • One can save about three gallons of water if the water is not allowed to run when brushing teeth or shaving.

  • Low-flow devices placed in faucets and showers can save two to three gallons of water for each minute of use.

  • Running the washing machine with a full load will save thirty gallons of water each time a small load was held.

  • Prudent water of plants and lawns is another example. Watering during the heat of the day is wasteful and detrimental to lawns. Allowing water to run off lawns into the street not only wastes this precious resource, but causes pavement to deteriorate as well.

  • For more tips read the Every Drop Counts Brochure in PDF format

Water conservation actions must be inherent in our daily lives with added emphasis during the summertime so that we voluntarily utilize only the potable water necessary for our daily needs.

In addition to the above voluntary conservations measures, the following is established as the conservation plan for the City of Shawnee as established:

"If a shortage occurs in the city water system, the city manager is authorized and directed to declare an emergency. The city manager is authorized to issue a proclamation proclaiming such an emergency and establishing the level of water usage restrictions as follows:"
Level One
 

Voluntary Restrictions

 

At Elevation 1066, 46% storage remaining = 19,825 AcFt= 6,459,976,250 Gal.

At 3.5 mgd* use that would be 1,845 days supply.

*million gallons per day

 

It is important to be constantly aware of water needs and understand that there are times when it is necessary to conserve water. Prudent use of this essential natural resource is the

responsibility of every citizen. We must all take voluntary steps to conserve our water and this must be reinforced each summer, when the need for water becomes the greatest.

  

Voluntary restrictions are requested from all customers year round regardless of the demand or lake levels as a permanent conservation measure and include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

         Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.

         Showers use less water than baths.

         Plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand.

         Use a dishwasher, and, when you do, make sure it is fully loaded.

         Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water gets cool.

         Wash only full loads of laundry or use appropriate water level or load size selection on washing machine.

         When replacing fixtures, look for water saving features that include the EPA WaterSense endorsements. 
They will have the WaterSense Logo: Water Sense Logo

         Voluntarily limit outdoor watering to the Level 1 odd/even schedule or voluntarily water  at most 3 days a week.

         For more water saving tips go to www.shawneeok.org or www.epa.gov/watersense

         For lawn watering information and calculation estimates go to http://sip.mesonet.org

         For more information contact the Water Treatment Plant Supervisor at 405-273-0890

         To view this document online go to: www.shawneeok.org/savewater


Level One
Level One Rationing

Level 1 Mandatory Restrictions

 

At Elevation 1060, 29% storage remaining = 12,527 AcFt= 4,081,922,950 Gal.

At 3.5 mgd* use that would be 1,166 days supply.

*million gallons per day

 

Level 1 Mandatory Restrictions begin when Twin Lakes reaches an elevation of 1060 1988 National American Vertical Datum- (NAVD 88) feet and the average weekly water treatment plant production exceeds 6.0 mgd. It is assumed that Wes Watkins remains at an elevation of 1062 feet. Mandatory restrictions include the following:

 

         Residential Outside water usage restricted to 7:00 pm to 10:00 am on the odd/even system defined as odd‐numbered houses utilizing water on Monday and Thursday and even‐numbered houses utilizing water on Tuesday and Friday during the above hours.

Commercial: Outside water usage restricted in the same manner as residential customers
Level One
Level Two  Rationing

Level 2 Mandatory Restrictions

 

At Elevation 1059, 27% storage remaining = 11,691 AcFt= 3,809,512,350 Gal.

At 3.5 mgd* use that would be 1,088 days supply.

*million gallons per day

 

Level 2 Mandatory Restrictions begin when Twin Lakes reaches an elevation of 1059  (NAVD 88) feet and/or the average weekly water treatment plant production exceeds 6.5 mgd. It is  assumed that Wes Watkins remains at an elevation of 1062 feet. Mandatory restrictions include the following:

         Residential Outside water usage restricted to 7:00 pm to midnight on the odd/even system defined as odd‐numbered houses utilizing water on Monday and Thursday even‐numbered houses utilizing water on Tuesday and Friday during the above hours.

         Commercial:

 

Outside water usage restricted in the same manner as residential customers as well as these additional measures:

 

  Commercial car washes to employ best management practices.

  Restaurants: serve water only upon request.

  Lodging: Have signage in rooms reflecting; Change linens every 3 days for multiple night guests unless otherwise requested by guest.

         Other:

  Consider whether to start the process of obtaining permission to draw below recreational level in Wes Watkins Reservoir.

  Power washing or spraying of water for washing impervious surfaces prohibited in this level.

 

 

Note, during Level 2 Mandatory Restrictions, it may be necessary to make withdrawals from the Wes Watkins recreational pool, after receiving appropriate approvals
Level Three
Level Three Rationing

Level 3 Mandatory Restrictions

 

At Elevation 1058, 25% storage remaining = 10,902 AcF= 3,552,416,700 Gal.

At 3.5 mgd* use that would be 1,015 days supply.

*million gallons per day; the calculation assumes that Wes Watkins remains at elevation 1062 feet

 

 

Level 3 Mandatory Restrictions begin when Twin Lakes reaches an elevation of 1058 (NAVD 88) feet and/or the average weekly water treatment plant production exceeds 4.5 mgd. Mandatory restrictions include the following:

 

         Residential, other than household purposes: Outside water usage restricted to 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the odd/even system defined as odd‐numbered houses utilizing water on Monday and even‐numbered houses utilizing water on Friday during the above hours. Water usage is limited to handheld watering with shutoff nozzle of shrubs and young trees only.

         Commercial: Outside water usage restricted in the same manner as residential customers as well as well as Level 2 Commercial restrictions with these additional measures:

 

         Other: Lawn watering, refilling or adding water to public and private swimming pools and automobile washing forbidden.

         Installation of new sod, seeding, and landscaping prohibited.

         Filling and operation of non-recirculating fountains and decorative water features prohibited.

         Filling of outdoor and indoor pools and hot tubs prohibited.

         Washing automobiles at non-commercial facilities prohibited.

 

Note, during Level 3 Mandatory Restrictions, it may be necessary to make withdrawals from the Wes Watkins recreational pool, after receiving appropriate approvals
Level One
Level Three Rationing

Level 4 Mandatory Restrictions

 

At Elevation 1057, 23% storage remaining = 10,160 AcFt= 3,310,636,000 Gal.

At 3.5 mgd* use that would be 946 days supply.

*million gallons per day; the calculation assumes that Wes Watkins remains at elevation1062 feet

 

Level 4 Mandatory Restrictions begin when Twin Lakes reaches an elevation of 1057 (NAVD 88) feet and the average weekly WTP production exceeds 4 mgd. Mandatory restrictions include the following:

 

         Residential:  There will be no usage authorized, other than for indoor household purposes.

         Commercial: Outside water usage restricted in the same manner as residential customers as well as  Level 2 and Level 3 Commercial restrictions with these additional measures:

 

  Prohibit use of water for construction purposes.

  All vehicle washing prohibited.

 

         Other: Lawn watering, refilling or adding water to public and private swimming pools and automobile washing forbidden.

 

Note, during Level 4 Mandatory Restrictions, it may be necessary to make withdrawals from the Wes Watkins recreational pool, after receiving appropriate approvals.


This plan is not designed to place any individual or firm under any undue hardship but rather to ensure that the City of Shawnee has water for domestic uses available throughout the year to its citizens. It is hoped that no more than steps one or two would ever be required. It is necessary, however, to have a plan in place that will permit everyone to be aware of the necessary precautions to ensure that water for domestic use is available in the City of Shawnee.


 

The City Code, Section 26‐67 (b) (4), provides for penalties for violation of a proclamation proclaiming a water emergency:

Any person violating any provision of the proclamation, upon conviction, shall be fined as follows:

(i) First Violation ‐ Warning

(ii) Second Violation ‐ $150.00 fine plus costs

(iii) Third Violation ‐ $250.00 fine plus costs

(iv) Fourth and Subsequent Violation ‐ $500.00 fine plus costs

In addition to such penalties, the water, sewer, and garbage services furnished by the City to such person who violates any of the provisions of such proclamation shall be subject to suspension summarily and without notice.