The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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February 13, 2013

Steve Kime interview with Joan Riley

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ENID, Okla. —

Question 4: Oklahoma is in a drought! Water is a topic of great concern. Will there be enough water to meet the demand of all the parks?

Answer: Water is a natural resource that we all need to conserve whenever possible. The city of Enid will always place high importance in our planning and budgeting of water needs as it is one of our core services. For several years, the administration staff has taken a proactive approach to understand and meet the water needs of our great community. The city of Enid spends $1.5 million annually on water development.

Recently, $4 million has been spent on building two new water towers that assist in water pressure infrastructure needs. In addition, we are acquiring water rights for an additional 4.5 million gallons a day. We are bringing online this year an additional one million gallons of water per day and have planned to double that in 2014. We continue to research means and costs to reuse wastewater capabilities for industrial use. The use of so-called, “gray water” for industry frees up water for increased residential use. The treatment of wastewater will provide as much as 5 million gallons per day of treated outflow water providing a variety of uses, including irrigation of our parks.

The Quality of Life initiative is a strategic response to community demand; it requires forward-thinking designs and planning. The new parks will include the most conservative use of water possible, including the appropriate choice of plants, trees and grasses that are tolerant of drought.

We will also investigate every opportunity for irrigation from retention areas within our parks for use on grass, landscape and trees.

We view water needs seriously as it is one of our basic functions as a city. The City of Enid is committed to this ongoing and crucial effort to meet the water needs of our citizens.

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