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Charity of Choice Committee members Marilee Adrian (from left), Yesenia Castro, Israel Chavez, Michael Dubrule, Elijio Myers and Gerardo Gomez are pictured with Law N Paws organizers Eydie Prado and Detective Vanessa Acosta.
Charity of Choice raises funds for Law N Paws
03/25/2019
Launched in 2017, El Paso Police Department Detective Vanessa Acosta established Law N Paws to rescue four-legged victims of animal cruelty. This year, El Paso Water’s Charity of Choice Committee chose to advocate for the voiceless and raise awareness about a small nonprofit that rescues and rehabilitates abused animals.
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Participants during the landscape series will learn about smarter choices to include in their landscapes.
WaterSmart series fosters desert landscapes
03/12/2019
Expect El Paso Water’s Spring WaterSmart Landscape Series to get animated. In his more than 30 years of experience in forestry, Oscar Mestas – retired regional urban forester of Texas A&M Forest Service – has picked up a few tricks of the trade. Mestas’ sessions often involve student interaction, with some role-playing, performances and games.
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(From left) EPWater's Hector Gonzalez, Sen. Jose Rodriguez, Martina Silva, Rep. Mary Gonzalez
Montana Vista project celebrated
03/08/2019
Although Montana Vista has had water service for decades, residents have had to use septic tanks or resort to inadequate drainage systems. Through the efforts of Montana Vista residents like Martina Silva, along with the advocacy of local and state elected officials, El Paso Water has received funding assistance and will enable the utility to proceed with phase one of a wastewater project.
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Dr. Ivonne Santiago
PSB’s Santiago named Engineer of the Year
02/20/2019
The Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) El Paso Chapter recognized Public Service Board member Santiago as the 2019 El Paso Engineer of the Year at a Feb. 15 ceremony.
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El Paso Water Training Specialist Randy Gutierrez and her children took part in one of the activities measuring heart beats at a 2018 engineering event. The University of Texas at El Paso led one of the activity booths and will be participating this year.
Discover engineering at Innovating Our Future
02/18/2019
Twenty-one organizations, including the University of Texas at El Paso, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Fab Lab of El Paso, are collaborating with EPWater on the family engineering event. “By relating various engineer projects throughout El Paso, we hope that we are able to make that connection between the community and the importance of inspiring our youth in science and engineering,” said April Thoreson, Water Conservation Education Specialist.
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EPWater Project Manager Ivan Hernandez reveals the nickname of the tunnel boring machine “Robbie,” which was nicknamed after the Robertson Water Treatment Plant that recently celebrated 75 years.
Engineers Week - Teamwork fosters tunnel project
02/14/2019
As EPWater moves to address aging infrastructure across El Paso, the utility’s attention centered on replacing deteriorating lines in charge of providing water to the Downtown community. Complicating the project was the path of the water line, which required tunneling beneath 10 sets of railroad tracks, which had to remain in use. This meant the traditional open cut method or trenching could not be used.
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The Magnolia Pump Station features three automated 500-horsepower pumps that move up to 113 million gallons per day of water to a pressurized pipeline at a rate of 175 cubic feet per second.
Engineers Week – Magnolia Stormwater Project
02/14/2019
Thanks to the Magnolia Stormwater Project and several other completed stormwater projects in the area, the flooding along I-10 in Central El Paso is a distant memory for drivers who grew accustomed to dealing with it after storms.
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Part of the work inside the clarifiers at the Haskell R. Street Wastewater Treatment Plant was replacing equipment, such as this stainless-steel walkway.
Engineers Week – Haskell plant work continues
02/14/2019
With multiple projects converging at EPWater’s oldest wastewater facility, the Haskell plant is buzzing like a beehive. Three projects were completed in 2018: digesters heating system upgrade, primary clarifier odor control as well as primary clarifier rehabilitation. Two projects are underway: digester No. 1 rehabilitation project and headworks effluent piping improvement.
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In another activity, participants developed property along a river. The activity highlighted that water managers must use land wisely when planning a city.
Lecture series spotlights Texas’ waters
01/30/2019
“We have an amazing community of residents who are genuinely interested in our local environment and water resources,” said Norma Guzman-Kennedy, EPWater Conservation Specialist. “They are taking what they learned in the classroom and putting it to practical use in our own community.”
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The public service board approves FY 2019-20 budget, rates and fees.
PSB approves FY 2019-20 budget, rates and fees
01/09/2019
The Public Service Board (PSB) approved a $436.1 million El Paso Water budget today for water, wastewater and stormwater systems for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The PSB kept stormwater rates flat while approving an increase of 4 percent for water service and 8 percent for wastewater service.
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Frank Rittel, Heavy Equipment Training Supervisor, (center) shows a city employee how the training simulator works.
Simulator safely trains heavy equipment operators
12/21/2018
EPWater gets new high-tech training thanks to a simulator that can safely train operators. Hundreds of employees will soon receive this state-of-the-art training.
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After touring the Fred Hervey Reclamation Plant with Gilbert Trejo, Chief Technical Officer, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Trejo sampled the treated water.
CNN visits El Paso Water plants, spotlights water reuse
12/07/2018
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta visited El Paso Water’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant and the Fred Hervey Reclamation Plant in recent weeks and reported on El Paso’s conservation and water reuse efforts. Those who watched the report or read the story learned about El Paso Water’s innovation and resilience in the face of drought, and they saw the important roles the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant and the Fred Hervey Reclamation Plant perform. But the online story’s headline raised eyebrows: El Paso to drink treated sewage water due to climate change drought.
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Agencies collaborate to launch AguaCares
11/01/2018
On Nov. 1, leaders from El Paso Water, Project Amistad and the City of El Paso announced a new customer assistance program called AguaCares. The program officially launches Jan. 2 and will focus on helping elderly, low-income customers who struggle to pay their water and wastewater bills.
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Crews working for El Paso Water carefully excavate a 24-inch main water line for replacement for the George Dieter/Rex Baxter project.
Replacing water lines is a necessary inconvenience
09/21/2018
Hearing about upcoming construction puts many on edge. That’s understandable. So why is repairing water lines a necessary inconvenience?
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