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Water customers in Broken Arrow use an average of about 12 million to 13 million gallons of water per day (MGD); but in the summertime, that figure can more than double to over 27 MGD! The highest monthly water usage in Broken Arrow generally occurs from July-September. Naturally, our water demand increases during the hot summer months, with more frequent watering of lawns and landscaping. This causes major stress to our water supply, and if not properly managed, can lead to a water shortage. In 2016, the City Council adopted a Water Conservation Plan that will help make sure all our citizens will receive water if our supply is low.
The first phase of the water conservation plan is voluntary conservation. During this phase, customers are asked to reduce their water usage. This may include watering lawns and gardens every other day, restricting watering to the evening and early morning hours, or reducing usage on the weekends. If the situation becomes worse, the City will move into mandatory conservation. During this phase, we will also limit watering for golf courses and turn off the splash pads in our parks. If the situation continues to worsen, we move into emergency conservation. During this phase, outdoor water use of any sort is prohibited and the City’s pools will be closed. Find out more about the City’s Water Conservation Program and the conservation phases at BrokenArrowOK.gov/WaterConservation.
If a water conservation plan ever needs to be put in place, you will receive an automated call from the City letting you know that water conservation is in place. We will also post information on our website and our social media sites, as well as through local news media.
Broken Arrow’s main water supply comes from its municipal water treatment plant, which draws raw water from the Verdigris River. The Verdigris River Water Treatment Plant produces approximately 19 MGD. The City also has two supplemental water connections with the City of Tulsa. When needed, these connections can provide Broken Arrow with an additional 4 MGD and 5 MGD, while our plant is at peak production. The total combined water delivery from both our plant and Tulsa is approximately 28 MGD.