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City of Norman to host public meeting: Storm water utility proposed for flood prevention and protection of drinking water

The City of Norman will host a public meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 201 W. Gray to address concerns about flooding from the last citizen’s satisfaction survey, as well as initiatives to protect Norman’s drinking water. City staff will present Norman property owners with funding options to deal with water and storm water issues that impact the community.

In the last citizens’ survey, the City received direction to address flooding. Last spring during heavy rains, several areas of the City experienced flooding, road closures, and some neighborhoods were evacuated.

The City of Norman, like other cities, must also meet state and federal requirements to protect Lake Thunderbird, which is the source of 70% percent of Norman’s drinking water. The safeguards protect against pollution and help to ensure clean drinking water for residents in the future.

After years of study about the best way to fund the needs of the community, the City is proposing new funding options for improved storm water and flood control programs. In addition, establishing a Storm Water Utility, the funding mechanism utilized by approximately 25 cities in Oklahoma as well as many cities around the nation, will provide a stable source of revenue to begin to meet the needs of the community that have been identified in the Storm Water Master Plan.