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July 17, 2013

Will odd-even work?: City of Enid may not know whether water restrictions working until 100s return

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ENID, Okla. — Explanations

Utility Services Manager Scott Morris explained the conservation efforts at an informal meeting among city commissioners and staff Tuesday.

He said even though the city was able to shut off some water pumps recently, they were all running at full capacity last week.

“We’re in good shape and we’re thankful that we’ve got some rain over the past couple of days,” Morris said.

The odd-even restrictions, although new to Enid, are more commonplace elsewhere, he said. Cities like Norman, Edmond and Lawton already limit the days when residents can use water outside. In cities like Dallas, it’s “a fact of life in the summertime, every year,” he said.

Ward 1 Commissioner Ron Janzen criticized phase two during the Tuesday study session, which allows commissioners to discuss policy without voting on it.

“The one legitimate complaint that I heard last year from people is the requirement that they have a handheld hose,” he said. “People don’t want to stand up there for an hour with a hose.”

Instead, Janzen said, the city should eliminate the provision that only allows hand-watering.

“How do you enforce any of it? I mean, we’re not sending the cops out to arrest anybody anyway,” he said. “It should be something that makes sense.”

Mike Stuber, commissioner of Ward 2, mentioned any anger or frustration from the public because of water conservation might be lessened with a careful approach.

“I think that more education on why we’re doing it and how they can help conserve water would go a long way,” Stuber said. “It may be lip service to many, but there are a lot of people who just don’t like being told what to do. But if they understand why they’re being requested to do it, I think it does help.”

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