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OKLAHOMA CITY-- Heavy rains have put nearly all our area lakes at or close to capacity.

But despite the plentiful water, the city wants to remind everyone that our lakes are our water resources and despite the high levels, we still need to think ahead and save water.

"Two weeks ago, that was bone dry and all those boats were just sitting on dirt," Paul Englund, general manager at Hefner Grill says.

"In a week and a half, all the dirt is gone!" Englund said.

He says with the recent rains, he's expecting more people to come enjoy the real view.

"I'm amazed; we both said that today when we came out," Larry Marks, a regular at the Hefner Grill said.

"That's our water supply, it's the water that we use, it's our tap water, it's the water we use to operate our homes and businesses," Debbie Ragan, with the OKC Utilities Department says.

She wants to make it clear, there's plenty now, but we should not forget about saving water.

"The past couple of summers with very little rain fall and watching those lake levels go down prove how precious our water resources are, and how quick we can have very little to work with," Ragan says.

And they especially want to help crack down on those who continue to water their lawns during the heavy rain season.

"Most lawns could go ten days to two weeks without watering, and with more rain in the forecast,we can go even longer than that," Ragan said.

And even if those systems are on timers or you just forgot while out of town, the city says it's no excuse.

"It's not a good use of our water supply when we're watering in the yards in the rain," Ragan says.

Just as another reminder, Oklahoma City has permanent water conservation.

Basically, if your address ends in an even number, you can water on even-numbered calendar days; and if your address ends in an odd number, you can water on odd-numbered calendar days.

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