We’re pleased to hear the city of Enid will be looking at opportunities to potentially work with other communities during the process of constructing a pipeline to Kaw Lake.

The city will have to borrow approximately $250 million to complete the pipeline project to secure our water future for the next half-century.

“It’s clearly an exciting time for everybody to be here and to be part of it,” City Manager Jerald Gilbert said. “It’s going to secure water for the future for all of us. And with water secured, that would go a long ways toward securing the prosperity of the town.”

Some Enid city commissioners have mentioned putting an issue out for voters to consider a bond or tax increase, when it comes to funding.

During the past few years, Enid has had various groundwater sources, including Government Springs, Enid Isolated Terrace, Drummond, Ames, Ringwood and Cleo Springs.

Through a $1.3 billion plant expansion, Koch Fertilizer officials plan to cut water use by almost five million gallons a day as the plant begins converting “gray water” from the city’s wastewater treatment plant into potable water.

With the Koch Fertilizer plant not purchasing as much water from the city, Enid officials anticipate annual revenue will go down by $1 million, Mayor Bill Shewey has said.

However, the city of Enid provides a monthly average of 4.9 million gallons of water to customers in a number of nearby communities.

Enid’s water contract customers consist of Garfield County District No. 7, Salt Fork Water Authority, the city of Waukomis, the city of Drummond, Perry Acres, Spring Valley Ski Ranch, North Enid, Lahoma Public Works and Garber.

The 2015 contract rate for political subdivisions is $4.72 per 1,000 gallons, records show.

Water fees generate a lot of revenue. It’s in the city’s best interest to act as a “big brother” to area communities by providing this valuable resource.

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