Smart Planning for Future Water Needs

We continually seek ways to use water more efficiently and minimize the need to use fresh water.

A scenic view of a lake.
Respecting Shared Water Resources

Water plays an integral part in electricity generation, and OG&E deploys sustainable ways to use—and reuse—this precious resource. As our communities expand and we continue to meet a growing demand for electricity, we are integrating new technologies and further conserving the water needed for future generations.

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Conserving Water for Our Communities
Most of the water withdrawn by a power plant goes to the cooling system. Through conservation efforts and technology improvements, we've reduced the amount of water our plants consume by 50 percent since 2008. Even better, we're able to recycle 99 percent of the water withdrawn.
Infographic of water consumed versus withdrawn and then recycled by OGE power plants.  Overall 3.1 billion gallons are consumed and 703 billion gallons are withdrawn and then recycled.
Smart Water Consumption and Reuse
98 percent of the water used to generate electricity is circulated through our pipes and returned to the source to be reused by our communities.
Our Sooner and Seminole Power Plant Reservoirs are open to the public for boating, fishing and swimming.
Innovative Reuse
We conserve 2.3 billion gallons of fresh water annually by using treated municipal wastewater for cooling.
A scenic view of geese floating across a lake at dusk.
Community-Oriented Conservation

Our water conservation measures create and maintain a sustainable and beneficial water supply for the communities we serve. We return nearly all of our cooling water throughout the region for reuse and source all of our water from regions classified by the World Resources Institute as low or low-medium baseline water stress. None of OG&E’s water is sourced from regions classified as having high or extremely high baseline water stress. To limit our use of fresh water, cooling towers at two of our plants rely entirely on treated waste water from Oklahoma City’s facilities.

A proud fisherman holding up a large fish.
Making a Splash
More than 50 years ago, OG&E was the first electric utility in Oklahoma to open cooling reservoirs for public recreation. Today, our prized water recreation facilities draw thousands of outdoor enthusiasts each year. Our partnership with the Department of Wildlife Conservation, which periodically stocks our reservoirs with game fish, helps educate future generations about sustainable fishing practices and encourages local tourism.
A scenic view of Seminole Power Plant and Lake Konawa.
Konawa Lake
Our Seminole Power Plant’s 1,350-acre Konawa Lake recreation area is one of the country’s best bass fishing areas and a favorite for families looking to enjoy boating or swimming.
A scenic view of Lake Sooner.
Sooner Lake
The 5,400-acre reservoir adjacent to our Sooner Power Plant includes several fish species and wildlife areas for nature seekers. Visitors can pack a picnic and find a spot along the lake’s 42 miles of shoreline.