The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 11, 2014

City of Enid does the right thing by keeping its water conservation plan in place

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Just about everyone has welcomed the recent rain, and it looks like we will be in store for some more today and later this week.

But, we agree wholeheartedly with the city of Enid keeping its water conservation plan in place. For one, it would be confusing to do away with the plan now after some rain, only to have to re-institute it later this summer when it gets hotter and drier.

And, second, it’s the right thing to do.

Anyone who has lived in Oklahoma for any length of time knows that when summer comes the weather gets hotter and drier.

We also know that water is becoming an increasingly precious commodity.

Several years of drought will have an adverse effect on our water supply. The aquifers the city draws from for our water get stressed because of usage, and they haven’t been recharging as much due to the drought.

By being careful with our watering, we can reduce that stress on the aquifers.

Under the conservation plan, people living at odd-numbered addresses water their lawns on odd-numbered days and those living at even-numbered addresses water on even-numbered days.

The plan went into effect June 1, and, according to city officials, residents have been following it. Usage is down.

People violating the policy can be subjected to a $100 fine. So far, no such fines have been issued, which is good.

We’re glad to see that, and we’re glad to hear people are following the rules.