The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 11, 2013

NEW: City, Koch Nitrogen aim to reduce plant's potable water use

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The city of Enid and Koch Nitrogen Company announced today an increase in efforts to decrease use of potable water at the plant.

According to a press release from city spokesman Steve Kime, the city and Koch are evaluating possible ways to effectively manage Enid’s water resources. City Manager Eric Benson referred to Koch Nitrogen as  “a valued and first-rate corporate citizen.” He said the company’s contributions to Enid and Garfield County are mutually beneficial.

“These efforts are a source of pride for the community; (we are) embracing the spirit of collaboration as we address the challenges before us,” Benson said in the statement.

Koch Nitrogen Plant Manager Mike Kleis said the evaluation’s focus is to understand which water treatment technologies at the Enid plant might be installed that could decrease the plant’s use of potable water — or drinking water — and increase the use of non-potable discharge — or industrial water — from the city water treatment plant.

Benson said in a text earlier in the day he was in a meeting that would last the entire day.

Koch was Enid’s top treated water user the past two years, consuming 1.2 billion gallons in 2010 and 1.6 billion gallons last year, according to the city’s annual groundwater reports. Koch averages about 154 million gallons per month.

Potable water is being used to maintain discharge permit limits in compliance with regulatory requirements, said Koch spokesman Paul Baltzer.