The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 28, 2013

Alva on way to getting normal water pressure

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ALVA, Okla. — The city of Alva is on its way to getting its water pressure back to normal, but until that happens the situation is critical and officials are urging people to conserve.

Power to the city’s water wells was knocked out by Monday’s blizzard that dumped about 20 inches of snow on the area.

A notice on the city’s website,, stated as of 9 a.m. Thursday the city had 10 of its 12 water wells operational. Four were operating under permanent power and six under temporary generator power. The wells were able to pump about 1,500 gallons per minute, but the city uses about two million gallons a day.

The city’s water distribution system was about 10-15 percent recharged as of Thursday morning.

“Until the power is fully restored to the water well field, water supply will be critical and conservation is necessary,” the notice on the website reads.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University called off classes for the remainder of the week, said Steve Valencia, NWOSU associate vice president for university relations. School officials planned to have class Thursday, but due to a lack of water decided against the idea, he said.

“It’s the water issue completely,” Valencia said. “Parts of the campus have none, and there are parts where it’s just a trickle. For all intents and purposes, we don’t have any, and it takes time to pressurize the system back up.”

Workers have been scrambling to deal with electrical problems caused by Monday’s blizzard. Alva City Manager Joe Don Dunham said the city “kinda” had water Wednesday. Part of the city’s water field is serviced by OG&E and part by Alfalfa Electric Cooperative. Lines were down between the pumps and the substation, and crews could not reach the area due to the snow, Dunham said.