The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 30, 2012

Covington has water restored

By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Children returned to school and life returned to normal Friday morning in Covington as the town’s water supply was restored.

The town had been without its primary water source for three days due to a leak and repairs to a 20-inch city of Enid water line that supplies Koch Nitrogen and the town of Covington.

The line broke at about 2 p.m. Monday.

Repairs to multiple sections of the water line were completed Thursday afternoon, and work commenced Thursday night refilling Covington’s water towers.

City of Enid spokesman Jacob Foos said city utility workers are monitoring the line “24/7” for any more leaks or breaks, but no additional repairs or interruptions of service are planned in the immediate future.

“We will have to replace additional sections of the pipe, but that will not be in the immediate future, and people will have advance notice of when that will occur,” Foos said.

He said the planned repairs likely are more than a month in the future. Supplies for the planned repairs will be brought in from Dallas.

In the event of another break to the line, Foos said the city still has “a safe amount of pipe on hand in the event additional sections need to be replaced in an emergency situation.”

Covington-Douglas Public Schools closed early Wednesday and all day Thursday because of the break and repair work.

During the outage, Covington utilities superintendent Mike Schram said, the town used a reduced water supply from the Hunter Rural Water District, but the supply from that line was only 30 gallons per minute, far from enough to meet the demands of residential customers.