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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Lake Thunderbird water levels prompt conservation

  • The Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District is warning city managers that the drought that has lowered lake levels may extend another two or three years.
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  • Low water levels at Lake Thunderbird are affecting nearly 200,000 people in three central Oklahoma communities. Residents are being asked to conserve.
     
    Televisions station KWTV reports that starting this month residents of Midwest City, Del City and Norman will need to reduce water consumption by 10 percent to keep Lake Thunderbird in service. Currently, the water level is 7 1/2 feet below the top of the water conservation pool and is expected to shrink to a record low next month.
     
    The Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District is warning city managers that the drought that has lowered lake levels may extend another two or three years.
     
    Meanwhile, Congress has decided to allow water from outside Lake Thunderbird's basin to be brought into the lake during periods of drought.

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