The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 17, 2013

Odd-even over

By Dale Denwalt
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, OK — Enidites can now use as much water as they want, whenever they want.

City of Enid officials have announced the end of this year's odd-even water conservation. In a news release, Water Production Supervisor Bruce Boyd said the cooler weather means water usage is down.

"City officials want to thank the residents of Enid for their cooperation in conserving water during the past few months," the release states.

The city has been under the conservation order for two months and a day. This is the second year in a row that Enid pushed regulations on how and when residents can use water. In 2012, restrictions lasted until October.

Unlike last year, the city did not implement the system designed to charge residents increased amounts for higher-than-normal water usage, although the idea was discussed and the Enid City Commission updated the plan.

Spokesman Steve Kime said no one was fined for watering their lawn on the wrong day. The restrictions, he said, helped.

"Water usage stayed pretty even for us," he said, adding that the region was fortunate to have received frequent rain showers through the summer.

"It allowed for water consumption to be on an even keel and not have huge spikes," Kime said.