ENID, Okla. — Editor’s note: This is the second article covering Enid City Commission candidates’ views on some of the major issues facing the city in the next four-year term. Each of the candidates were asked the same slate of questions.
The election for the Ward 4 seat on the Enid City Commission will be decided Feb. 12 between Loyd Kaufman and Rodney Timm.
Timm is a farmer/rancher, operates a commercial trucking business and works for Lippard Auctioneers. Kaufman is a former Ward 4 commissioner. He was defeated for re-election by current commissioner Drew Ritchie. Ritchie is not seeking re-election.
Enid News & Eagle will host a forum featuring candidates in all three wards up for election at 6 p.m. Monday in commission chambers, 401 W. Garriott.
City water issues
High demand and a record-breaking drought combined to exceed the city’s water delivery capacity last summer, ushering in city water conservation measures and watering restrictions through September.
According to figures provided by the city last summer, residential use amounts to 30.4 percent of the city’s water. Commercial usage is 65.6 percent. The city of Enid has announced plans to increase municipal water supply by one million gallons per day in 2013, and an additional two million gallons per day in 2014, by expanding city water rights and infrastructure.
Question: Are the city’s plans to expand the water supply sufficient to meet Enid’s growing demand? What would be your plan to increase water supply for the city?
Kaufman said the city’s water issues could be addressed by finding ways to reuse gray water.
“I think our water supply right now is sufficient, if they would reuse the city water,” Kaufman said. “We generate 12 (million) to 13 million gallons of water per day out of the sewer plant. In California, they’ve been reusing their waste water for years, and I think we need to do that.”
Kaufman also said the city’s water issues could be addressed by residents voluntarily cutting back on their usage, particularly for landscape watering.
“Too many people just let their water run over on the west side,” Kaufman said. “I think we have enough water right now for another couple of years, but we need to use it better.”
As a long-term solution, Kaufman suggested constructing a reservoir and water-purification plant on the Cimarron River near Cleo Springs, in Major County.
“They’re very expensive, but I think there’s enough water flowing out of that Cimarron River ... it could furnish water for Major County, Garfield County and some of the surrounding counties if they all would go together to cover the cost,” he said.