We strategically plan for our current and future water needs while continuously seeking ways to use water more efficiently
Water in our Communities
Oklahoma is within the drier, western United States, and at OG&E we recognize that not only is water a valuable resource, but it’s also vital to the economic success and quality of life in our communities. As our communities grow and the demand for electricity and water rises, we strategically plan for our future water needs and continue to seek ways to use water more efficiently.
How do we use water?
Water, like fuel, is an integral part of the process of generating electricity, and access to a large and reliable supply of cooling water is critical for us to deliver enough power to meet our customers’ needs. We rely on water supplies from lakes and rivers in addition to municipal wastewater to provide cooling water to our generation facilities.
The cooling water we use is “non-contact” water, which means the water is circulated through pipes to condense the steam used to generate electricity and then returned as reusable water without coming into contact with any of our systems. We return almost 98 percent of our cooling water to be reused. The balance is lost mostly due to evaporation.
This “closed-cycle” system is similar to a pool pump that continually recycles water through its system. Using this system means our plants consume a relatively small amount of water, preserving the water for other as well as future use.
Some water is also used onsite or collected from storm water runoff. We make it a practice to reuse water onsite as much as possible to minimize the need for a continuous supply of additional water.
Municipal Water Reuse
Two of our plants, McClain and Redbud, rely on cooling water from municipal wastewater treatment facilities in Oklahoma City and Moore, known as treated effluent. By using treated effluent, we conserve about 2.27 billion gallons of our fresh water sources each year which is equivalent to about nine Olympic-size swimming pools each day, solidifying our commitment to being good stewards of one of Oklahoma’s most precious resources.
Recreation and Industry TOGETHER
In 1971, we became the first electric company in Oklahoma to open one of our cooling reservoirs for public recreation. Today, Oklahomans enjoy boating, fishing and swimming at Seminole Power Plant’s 1,350-acre Lake Konawa and Sooner Power Plant’s 5,400-acre reservoir. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) periodically stocks these reservoirs with game fish. In fact, Sooner Lake is known as one of the best bass fishing locations in the state, and Konawa Lake at our Seminole Plant has been recognized as the 38th best bass fishing lake in the United States.
Our commitment to corporate stewardship begins with the belief that we're only as strong as the communities we serve.
Water plays an integral part in power generation. Each day, OG&E relies on quality water to generate affordable and reliable electricity.