The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Local and State News

June 24, 2013

Enid mayor says summer water shortage possible

ENID, Okla. — Enid Mayor Bill Shewey said the city may be in for a water shortage this summer.

At an Enid Rotary Club luncheon Monday, Shewey answered a question from the audience after speaking about Koch Nitrogen’s plan to curb its own water use.

Shewey said that Koch currently purchases about 5 million gallons per day out of the city’s fresh water reserves, and within the next two years, would draw down its use to less than a million gallons.

Koch’s plans also include using wastewater, also known as gray water.

A Rotarian asked Shewey if he thought there would be a water shortage until that point.

“Do you want my honest opinion? Yes,” Shewey said.  

On some of the hottest days of the year, city water customers will use about as much as the city can pump, he said.

“If we don’t have any 100-degree days in July and August, it’ll be a lot better than last year,” said Shewey.

On the issue of water, the mayor also said the city is building two new water towers to help with pressure. A million-gallon tank will be in operation near Meadowlake Park and another tower, capable of holding 750,000 gallons, is going up at 30th and Chestnut, he said.

The mayor said Enid also is  looking for new water sources.

“Water is always an issue in Enid. I can tell you that our city spends five hours every day working on the water situation,” he said. “It will get better, but it’s going to be a while.”

During his State of the City speech at Rotary, Shewey reported Enid is “very healthy.”

“We’re very healthy financially. All our bills are paid and we have money in the bank,” he said. “And yes, we spend money. I understand that. Some people like the way we spend money, some people don’t. Everybody has their own opinion.”

He mentioned the sale of the old Homeland building, the “de-malling” process, a Vietnam Memorial replica to be unveiled on Veterans Day at Enid Woodring Regional Airport and an extension of the Woodring runway as several positive developments in the city.

The problems in Enid are good problems to have, he said, when considering the housing shortage and frequent congestion on the city’s arterial streets.

1
Text Only
Local and State News
  • photo.PNG UPDATED: 4.3 quake shakes Enid and area

    The earthquake happened at 9:48 p.m. and centered 14 miles west-southwest of Medford, or 23 miles north-northwest of Enid. Storify featuring ENE Facebook comments embedded in story.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Symphony presenting Summer Wine series

    The series begins Aug. 5 with a one-hour concert that will feature vocalists Douglas and Lawana Newell, and the Rev. Andrew Long on piano.

    July 28, 2014

  • 3.0 quake is recorded

    A magnitude 3.0 earthquake rattled the Cherokee area Monday afternoon.

    July 28, 2014

  • Lady_Liberty_A-26_3_BH_W.jpg Work begins on Lady Liberty's engine

    A-26 Lady Liberty Support Group has raised $20,000 of the $60,000 needed for rebuilding the engine of the bomber, which saw action in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cool Snap_Hass_W.jpg Cool snap brings heat relief to Oklahoma, Arkansas

    A cold front headed for Oklahoma and Arkansas will bring unseasonably cool temperatures and a chance of rain through next week, weather forecasters said Monday.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • City of Enid brand.jpg City moves next meeting to Monday

    Their meeting and study session, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5, will be on Monday instead.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • iw_worldtour_3lines_flat_hd.jpg TNA Impact Wrestling announces show in Enid

    TNA Impact Wrestling will make a stop in Enid in September.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trentadue.jpg Trial opening over video of Oklahoma City bombing

    Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue says the FBI won’t release security camera videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb, killing 168 people.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • crime stoppers web.jpg Truck reported stolen in Enid

    The victim told the reporting officer sometime between 7:30 p.m. July 16 and 11:30 a.m. July 17, someone took a vehicle from in front of their residence. The vehicle is a gray 1991 Dodge Dakota displaying 2014 Oklahoma tag 205-HUV.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rodeo 1_W.jpg Rush of adrenaline

    Teen’s interest in bullriding leads to 4th-in-nation recognition at National High School Finals Rodeo.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

News Photos


Enid News & Eagle photos taken throughout February 2014. Enjoy full-access all ENE photos at http://enidnews.smugmug.com