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Water Conservation Program

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Water customers in Broken Arrow use an average of about 12 to 13 million gallons of water per day (MGD); but in the summertime, that figure doubles to over 24 MGD!

The highest monthly water usage in Broken Arrow generally occurs in July, August and 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.

Read more about the three stages of water conservation below.

If a water conservation plan ever needs to be put in place, you will receive an automated call from the City Manager letting you know that water conservation is in place. We will also post it in the local newspapers, on our website, and our social media sites.

Water Conservation Plan

Read the Water Conservation Plan

Stage I - Voluntary Stage II - Moderate Stage III - Emergency
Triggers Probability of a water shortage is rising. Daily water demand for three consecutive days is in excess of 95% of water availability, and/or total system storage does not recover about 70% prior to 5:00 a.m. Water pressure is less than 25 PSI for 24 hours in the distribution system, and/or daily water demand for two days is in excess of 100% of water availability, and/or total system storage does not recover above 60% prior to 5:00 a.m., and or reduction in supply of water due to production transmission and delivery problems.
  • Voluntary water conservation measures requested.
  • Alternate day (odd/even)schedule for outdoor watering.
  • Outdoor water use between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • Reduce outdoor water use on weekends.
  • Use soaker hoses and hand held hose.
  • Limit nonessential outdoor water use.
  • Mandatory water conservation measures imposed.
  • Alternate day (odd/even)schedule for outdoor watering.
  • Outdoor water use between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. only.
  • Golf courses and sports fields are restricted to night time watering of greens only.
  • Emergency water conservation measures imposed.
  • Outdoor water use with potable water is totally prohibited.
  • Golf courses watering is restricted to night time watering of greens only.

Broken Arrow’s Water Sources

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. We recently completed construction of a second supplemental water connection with the City of Tulsa. This new connection, when needed, will provide Broken Arrow with an additional five million gallons of water a day (MGD), while our plant is at peak production. In addition, our primary water connection with Tulsa is capable of providing up to four MGD. The total combined water delivery from both our plant and Tulsa is approximately 28 MGD.

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