Altus Public Works is asking all citizens and water customers to voluntarily conserve water.
According to a Blackboard message sent out to Altus citizens on Friday afternoon, although some cities are already rationing water due to limited supplies, Altus is asking voluntary conservation to help with future water supplies.
According to records from the Mountain Park master conservancy headquarters, Tom Steed Lake, where Altus receives water, is currently 56 percent full. There is currently enough water to meet immediate needs, however, the Altus treatment capacity has been significantly reduced while repairs are being made to a major pipeline at the treatment plant.
It was also noted that there is no significant rain forecast for the area in the near future, resulting in the lake levels going down, therefore the City is asking for voluntary water conservation.
Suggested ways to conserve water include: only using water needed, not over watering, not letting water run into the streets, waiting to wash until you have a full load of clothes or dishes, and only watering early in the morning to help reduce evaporation.
If you see a major water leak, please report it to 580-477-1950.