The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

September 17, 2013

Thanks go to residents during water conservation period

The city of Enid’s water conservation efforts have come to an end.

A wetter-than-usual summer played a major role in that, we’re sure, as did the arrival of cooler weather.

City officials instituted the odd-even rationing system at the beginning of summer. Under the policy, people could water their lawns on a schedule depending on where they lived. People at odd-numbered addresses could water on odd days, and people with even addresses could water on even days.

The idea was to limit the amount of water the city had to pump for daily usage.

We have to give Enid residents their due for following the conservation plan. We also realize Mother Nature played a big role, too. Consider these rainfall figures from the Breckinridge Mesonet site: June, 4.17 inches; July, 6.87 inches; and August, 2.99 inches. Compare those to last year’s figures: June 3.40 inches; July, .13 of an inch; and August, 1.22 inches.

The extra rain we received this year meant people didn’t have to water their lawns as much, therefore not straining the city’s ability to pump water.

The city instituted water rationing last year — during an exceptionally dry summer — to what we can generously say was a less-than-enthusiastic welcome.

We stood by the city’s decision last year, just as we stood by the decision to institute rationing this year. Our only complaint was city officials waited too long, in our opinion, to institute conservation measures. Enid was one of the last major cities in Oklahoma to announce water rationing this year.

We all knew it was going to happen, but we just wish the city had taken the step earlier in the year.

Be that as it may, we commend people for responding and we commend the city for ending the conservation efforts as quickly as they did.

We all, however, need to keep conservation efforts in our minds throughout the year. Water is a precious resource, and we’ve seen drought conditions begin to creep back into the area.

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