The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 19, 2013

Letter: Inadequate water supply

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Once again, it seems we have a problem of an inadequate water supply for this summer.

On April 19, 2013, in the Enid News & Eagle, there was an article titled, “Renaissance drew LodgeWell to Enid.”

It was a story about a new 131 room hotel to be built by the LodgeWell Co. in downtown Enid.

Since the hotel would add to the strain on the already strained Enid water supply, I wonder if the city manager, mayor or any of the city commissioners had the forethought to inform Mr. Dave Owens of the LodgeWell Co. of the strain on the city’s inadequate water supply and the possibility of the shortage of water the hotel guests might encounter.

The July 5, 2013, issue of the Enid News & Eagle printed an article titled “Needed: A place to live.”

In that article, Mr. Steve Spillette, a man hired to study Enid’s housing problem said, Enid could support 400 new housing units.

I wonder if he was told of Enid’s inadequate water supply before he made his decision.

According to the July 13, 2013, issue of the Enid News & Eagle, a canola plant will be built east of Enid and north of U.S. 412.

Surely, that plant doesn’t intend to use water from the Enid supply.

In the July 11, 2013, issue of the Enid News & Eagle, City Manager Eric Benson said Enid isn’t running out of water.

The city’s pumps and reservoirs can’t keep up with the demand this time of the year.

It sounds as if they know the problem’s with water supply, so why not add enough reservoirs and more of larger pumps to supply the water needed?

William T. Johnson