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OKC Utilities receives recognition for its 2017 Water Conservation Plan
The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) recognized the Utilities Department with its inaugural Oklahoma Water for 2060 Excellence Award for a public water source during the Governor’s Water Conference on Nov. 1. The award was presented to the Utilities Department for its contributions to the state’s water conservation efforts through its recently adopted Water Conservation Plan.
“This is an extraordinary honor for the water conservation program and our department,” said Utilities Director Chris Browning. “It underscores the City’s progress in creating a long-term conservation plan that will sustain central Oklahoma’s water supply for many years ahead.”
Oklahoma City’s Water Conservation Plan was adopted by the City Council in July and focuses on customer education, partnerships, city-led initiatives and reasonable regulation to effectively manage the City’s water supply.
The plan includes strategies for landscape watering measures, strategic partnerships for targeted education programs, sprinkler check-ups for homeowner groups, demonstration gardens, outreach programs for contractors and irrigation managers, as well as a multi-step watering plan based upon available water levels.
The Squeeze Every Drop program promotes the City’s water conservation efforts.
“Our goal is to develop a water-wise culture in Central Oklahoma,” said Malarie Gotcher, the City’s Water Conservation Specialist. “We want our residents to think about how they use water on a daily basis and learn to eliminate wasteful water use through simple, practical measures.”
The Oklahoma Water for 2060 Excellence Award program recognizes individuals and entities that make exceptional contributions to the promotion and implementation of water use efficiency and conservation of Oklahoma’s fresh water resources.
The award was presented by Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB and Michael Teague, Secretary of Energy and the Environment.
The Utilities Department provides water, waste water and solid waste services to more than 1.2 million customers in Central Oklahoma. It was recently awarded the 2017 Gold Award in Excellence in Utilities Management from the Association of Municipal Water Agencies.
To learn more about the Oklahoma City Utilities Department, visit okc.gov/water.
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