The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 29, 2012

No water in Covington ... how much longer?

By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

COVINGTON, Okla. — The city of Covington still is without water service today due to ongoing repairs to a city of Enid water line.

Water has been reduced to Covington residents since approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Covington utilities superintendent Mike Schram.

The interruption in service is due to a leak and ongoing repairs to a 20-inch water line that supplies water to both Koch Nitrogen and the city of Covington.

Schram said service was restored for a short time, but lost again when city of Enid crews discovered an additional leak.

City of Enid spokesman Jacob Foos said the city identified additional leaks while repairing the initial leak, “and in order to ensure full restoration of the line, the city will be replacing an additional section of pipe.”

That work is expected to be completed later this afternoon, or possibly tomorrow.

Schram said Covington has opened a line that supplies water from Hunter Rural Water District, but the supply from that line is only 30 gallons per minute, far from meeting the demands of residential customers.

“It’s about enough to flush the toilets, but you can’t take a shower or anything like that,” Schram said. “You still have to go somewhere else for that.”

Schram said Covington has access to emergency water for firefighting, if necessary, from Garber and the Covington sewer lagoon.

Schools in Covington were closed after 10 a.m. yesterday and remain closed today due to the loss of water supply, Schram said.

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