Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

April 4, 2013

Rainfall relaxes water restrictions

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — What only days ago had the outlook of yet another year of potential drought for residents of Garvin County was granted a moment of reprieve as the most significant rainfall of the past few springs came to the area starting Monday night.

The totals as of Wednesday morning were so beneficial in fact that it led to a decision by Pauls Valley City Manager James Frizell to lift restrictions that had been in place for outdoor watering.

Originally made official back on Feb. 12 due to significant drops for local drinking water sources, people will at least be able to temporarily once again engage in activities like watering their garden or lawns.

“With the generous amount of rainfall that we have received over the past two days, the city of Pauls Valley is temporarily lifting the water restrictions that have been in place for the past few weeks,” Frizell said in an e-mail statement and then later confirmed by phone.

“We will continue to monitor the levels of the lakes and will issue further statements as necessary,” he said Wednesday morning.

For Frizell the dent the rainfall made was answered prayers and while conditions will still dictate whether restrictions return or not, more rainfall like this would ensure they would not come back any time soon.

It could also mean good news for the aquatics center under construction next to the Reynolds Recreation Center, something that until recently was in doubt for a planned opening this summer.

In the meantime, the city will monitor the situation out at the lakes and Frizell asks that the public practice conservation as much as possible.

According to the National Weather Service in Norman, rainfall totals for the area ranged 3 to 4 inches from Monday through Tuesday night.

“We received 4 inches out at Longmire Lake and 3, almost 4 inches at the Old City Lake,” said Frizell.

“I haven’t been out at Longmire, but Old City Lake is almost filled up.”