Water

On this edition of ST, we learn about how homeowners in the Greater Tulsa area can take simple steps -- in both their lawncare and their gardening practices -- to improve and preserve the quality of our local water, land, and ecology. The Yard By Yard Community Resiliency Project is an initiative of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission; the project started in OKC and is now happening in Tulsa.

U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

A top official at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality testified before a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday that climate change threatens water system infrastructure across the country. 

(Please note: This interview originally aired back in September.) It's scary, but by now it's also obvious -- our environment today contains thousands (literally, thousands) of toxic chemicals that it did NOT contain just a few decades ago. How are these chemicals affecting our health? And what can we do about this? Our guest on ST Medical Monday is the co-author of a new book called "Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World." Dr.

It's scary, but by now it's also obvious -- our environment today contains thousands (literally, thousands) of toxic chemicals that it did NOT contain just a few decades ago. How are these chemicals affecting our health? And what can we, as individuals, do about this? Our guest on ST Medical Monday is the co-author of a new book called "Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World." Dr. Aly Cohen is a board certified rheumatologist and integrative medicine specialist, as well as an environmental health expert based in Princeton, New Jersey.

We welcome to our show Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist. He was appointed health director of Detroit, Michigan, at age 30, and he was formerly a professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. El-Sayed's new book, which he tells us about, is "Healing Politics: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic." As was noted of this book by Bill McKibben with 350.org: "This is a very important book.

It's easy to take safe drinking water for granted, but so very much of public health stems from having it (that is, having lots of it) on hand. Moreoever, the problems that've recently affected Flint, Michigan -- and other communities -- have brought the whole potable-water issue to the forefront for many Americans. Where does Tulsa's drinking water come from, and how does it get here? How safe is it, and how clean or "pure" is it? And how do we know these things? How is our water monitored? And how often?

On this installment of ST Medical Monday, we offer an interesting discussion about water conservation and related subjects with Noah Roberts, the proprietor of a recently opened shop in downtown Tulsa called The Water Co. This business sells water-bottle filling stations as well as reusable bottles, cups, and straws. And it does so, as noted on its website, in order to "improve community health and habitat by providing drinking water systems and reusable drinkware as an alternative to single-serve plastic bottles and cups.

Our guest on this edition of ST is Sandra Postel, a well-respected expert on freshwater conservation who's also the founder of the Global Water Policy Project. She co-created Change the Course, a national freshwater conservation and restoration campaign, and in 2010, she was appointed a Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society, where she still serves as the Society's leading water expert.

Water Rationing Avoided for Time Being

Aug 1, 2012
KWGS News

Water usage for the City of Tulsa and area customers reached 202.07 yesterday, July 31, which keeps residents and customers on voluntary restrictions. If water usage had reached 204 million gallons or more yesterday, the mayor would have enacted mandatory restrictions.

City ordinance states that if water use tops 197 million gallons per day (mgd) for two consecutive days, Stage 1 voluntary water restrictions will be asked for. That means customers are asked to limit outside watering to the hours between midnight and noon every other day, based on odd-even address numbers.

Earlier today, Mayor Dewey Bartlett asked the citizens of Tulsa and its surrounding communities to voluntarily restrict their water usage. This request was based on that fact that 207.3 million gallons of water were used by Tulsans yesterday; this amount surpassed the point at which City of Tulsa ordinance requires the mayor to ask for voluntary restrictions on outside watering. In fact, if the same rate of water usage occurs today, Tuesday the 31st, then Tulsans will be looking at mandatory water restrictions.

Water Restrictions in Place in Tulsa

Jul 31, 2012
Brad Gibson

Tulsa water customers used 207.3 million gallons Monday and surpassed the trigger point at which City ordinance directs the mayor to ask for voluntary restrictions on outside watering.

If the amount of water used Tuesday surpasses 204 million gallons, it would surpass the trigger point for mandatory restrictions.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett is signing an executive order today asking for the voluntary restrictions.

Lots of Water, but Tulsa's Pumps are Old

Jul 23, 2012
KWGS News

The City of Tulsa has plenty of water in its reservoir lakes, but the age of the pumping equipment is a concern. Mayor Bartlett says they are replacing the equipment as the city has the funds available

City officials are keeping a close watch on the water usage, because they don’t want to over extend the pumps.

Rationing of water will start when the city has two consecutive days of water usage at or over 197-million gallons per day.

BRAGGS, Okla. (AP) — Officials in Braggs say the town is facing a water shortage.

Town Clerk Rebecca Smith says all 416 water customers have been asked to avoid outdoor watering and to not fill their swimming pools. Tulsa television station KOTV reports that the town hopes to open up a shared water line between Fort Braggs and the city of Braggs.