The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 27, 2013

City of Enid asking public's help in conserving water

By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The city of Enid is requesting the public’s help in conserving water as city crews work to restore power to the city’s western water wells.

City of Enid Director of Public Works Jim McClain said city workers are in the process of aligning 50 to 60 generators to power wells in the city’s well fields near Drummond, Ringwood and Cleo Springs.

He said the city expects to have its water supply system back to normal capacity within 24 to 48 hours.

McClain said city crews and workers from OG&E and Alfalfa Electric Cooperative are working around the clock to restore power to the city’s affected water wells.

In the meantime, city pressure at the water plant has been reduced by half and industrial supply has been curtailed.

McClain said the city’s largest industrial water users have cut back to domestic use only - to supply offices, bathrooms and jantorial needs.

But, residential use has increased above normal levels in recent days.

McClain said the city normally consumes 10 to 11 million gallons of water per day. In the last two days the city has consumed more than 12 million gallons per day.

McClain said there is plenty of water available, but it can’t be delivered fast enough to replace what’s being used, due to power outages that have taken water pumps offline in the city’s largest water well fields.

McClain said there is no need to store up water in the home, and he asked residents to cut back to normal usage or less for the next two days as city crews bring the western wells back online.

Updates to this story will be available in tomorrow’s Enid News & Eagle.