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If you’ve been watering your lawn, the mayor wants you to cut back. He’s issued an executive order, calling for voluntary rationing. Two days in a row, Tulsa used more than 206-million gallons of water.

That put us at stage one of restricted usage.  This also applies to residents in Bixby, Catoosa, Glenpool, Jenks and Owasso,  and communities who get their water from Tulsa.

You’re asked to water every other day, according to the odd and even numbers.

Here’s how it will work. If address number is 217, that means this homeowner can water on odd number dates. Today is August the third, so today would be a watering day.

Rita Nye has managed to keep her yard green.

“Its kinda hard because we don’t’ have a sprinkler system. But I am as worried about the trees as I am the grass,” she said, as her sprinklers rotated back and forth.

Now she may have to cut back and actually schedule her waterings.

“This is a lovely neighborhood. We’ve been here two years and we did want it to look nice. And and I think a lot of people do take care of theirs, but um, we have to comply. I totally understand that,” she said.

A big concern is neighborhoods like hers, and making sure that water will be there, if a fire broke out. Tuesdays grass fire destroyed several houses and exhausted firefighters and gave city leaders a scare.

“Fire protection is one of the priorities that we want to make sure we are able to provide. More so than watering lawns, or  playing in sprinkler,” said Clay Edwards, who monitors water usage for the city.

Splash pads will be closed, except the one at 41st and Riverside.

At Page Belcher golf course, only the fairways, tee boxes and greens will be watered.

We’ve used more than 206-million gallons of water a day. The max the machines can pump is only 220-million gallons a day.

“Everything is being used…

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