6 cities ordered to cut usage of Waurika Lake

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WAURIKA, Okla. (AP) - Six southwestern Oklahoma cities must reduce their usage of Waurika Lake by 10 percent as the lake level continues to fall with the return of hot, dry weather.

The Waurika Master Conservancy District Board approved the 10 percent cut Tuesday for cities that use Waurika Lake as a drinking water source. But three of those cities - Lawton, Walters and Temple - had already stopped using Waurika water because of a water line break.

On Tuesday, the district board declared the water line break an emergency so repairs can be made more quickly.

The other three cities that use Waurika Lake as a water source are Duncan, Comanche and Waurika.

District Manager David Taylor tells The Lawton Constitution that the 10 percent cut goes into effect Sept. 1.

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