The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 19, 2013

Water to be cut off for some customers to allow repairs

Staff reports

ENID, Okla. — Staff reports

Water to some city of Enid customers will be cut off for 12-18 hours today, while the city takes the final steps in replacing a deteriorating 20-inch line.

The new 20-inch water line is going in on the south side of U.S. 412, and will run from 54th to Kremlin Street and then south along the railroad easement to 78th.

The line supplies water to Koch Nitrogen, Salt Fork Water District, Covington and Fairmont.

“To tie the new line in, we will need to take the existing water line down starting (this) morning,” said Robert Hitt, director of engineering for the city of Enid. “The water line is expected to be down for 12 to 18 hours. This includes time to drain the line, install the new valves and water line, and re-pressurize the existing line to service pressures.”

City officials said the water department will notify affected customers. The emergency project will replace 2.5 miles of 40-year-old, 20-inch water line and allow for full pressure service to the area, according to a news release from Steve Kime, director of public relations for the city of Enid.

Breaks in the line caused customers to lose water service several times late last year.

In January, Enid city commissioners awarded a $1.8 million contract to Nowak Construction, of Goddard, Kan., to replace the line.

The money for the project was taken from the city’s capital improvement and street and alley budgets. Total cost of the project, including the portion to be done by the city itself, is estimated at $2.25 million.