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John White, Garden Curator for UTEP’s Centennial Museum, host the Fall WaterSmart Landscape Series on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 at El Paso Water’s TecH2O Learning Center.
Landscape series: growing fruit trees, edibles
09/16/2019
White, an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, will host the Fall WaterSmart Landscape Series on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 at El Paso Water’s TecH2O Learning Center, 10751 Montana Ave. The sessions, both from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., are free and open to the public.
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Plant Superintendent Ruben Montes led visitors through the Robertson/Umbenhauer Water Treatment Plant.
Canal Plant tour highlights water quality
09/12/2019
Superintendent Ruben Montes couldn’t wait to introduce the Robertson/Umbenhauer Water Treatment Plant to visitors who were there to tour and learn more about how the plant produces clean drinking water from Rio Grande water.
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Students get additional information on how to present their science projects at last year’s event.
Students to take over Science Fair Blast Off
09/09/2019
As one of the TecH2O center’s signature events, the popular Science Fair Blast Off offers students a one-stop-shop for ideas on science fair projects and an opportunity to learn about El Paso’s regional water resources and conservation.
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EPWater completed pilot testing in 2016 that successfully demonstrated that highly purified water can be consistently produced with the AWPF process.
EPWater gets $3.5m to move reuse project forward
09/06/2019
El Paso Water is one step closer to building the Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) after the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation awarded the utility a $3.5 million grant through the congressionally-authorized Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects.
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EPWater’s International Water Quality Laboratory actively monitors water quality and collects 45,000 samples annually testing for metals, microbiological components, water quality compounds and organic substances down to the parts-per-trillion level.
Considering a home filtration system? Do research
08/13/2019
Companies selling home filtration systems may allege that El Paso tap water is unsafe to drink. But El Pasoans have every reason to be confident in their tap water quality.
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The four Archimedes screw pumps at the Jonathan Rogers Water Treatment Plant.
Ancient technology still at work today
08/07/2019
When the Rio Grande stopped flowing last fall, employees of the Jonathan Rogers Water Treatment Plant took advantage to do some major work to the four Archimedes screw pumps at the facility.
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A dragon head, most recently featured on El Paso Water’s 2018 award-winning parade float, is up for auction.
Auctions bear cash from utility’s trash
08/02/2019
Since Property Control began selling old utility property 3½ years ago, the public auctions have brought in over $100,000 in additional operational funds for the utility.
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We’re serious about water
We’re serious about water
08/01/2019
EPWater invests money in state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, tests water continuously through all phases of treatment and distribution to the customer, and ensures employees receive training in the leading water quality practices and technologies.
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Bobcats have been spotted at the Certified Texas Wildscape outside the TecH2O Learning Center.
Wildlife abounds at TecH2O Center habitat
07/22/2019
An array of flora and fauna welcome up to 5,000 visitors annually to the TecH2O Learning Center’s wildlife habitat, where desert cottontail, bobcats and rattlesnakes roam freely. Oh, my!
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Researchers Francisco Solis, Jr. and Juan Canales are working under the direction of UTEP Professor Dr. Anthony J. Tarquin to help EPWater determine which GAC is the most effective.
When it comes to smells, does the nose know best?
07/19/2019
For decades, El Paso Water has been using Granular Activated Carbon to remove substances that generate color and smell in untreated river water. But how do you measure which products do the best job? After all, smell and sight are subjective. Does the nose know best?
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Lupe Cintron, left, seeks assistance from Amistad on the AguaCares program.
El Paso seniors benefit from AguaCares
07/03/2019
The new program administered by Amistad helps El Paso Water customers who are low-income seniors with emergency financial assistance and conservation support. So far, more than 100 El Paso Water customers have been helped and hundreds of water-efficient showerheads have been distributed.
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More voices urge Turn Around Don’t Drown
07/02/2019
In 2018, 91 children drowned in Texas – children ranging in age from 7 months to 17 years. The El Paso Fire Department, El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1, National Weather Service and Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso joined EPWater to spread the urgent message that intense rains can quickly turn treacherous.
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Fire Station #14 received the Certified Water Partner recognition
Residents are water smart, who’s next?
06/21/2019
EPWater developed an agreement to provide the City of El Paso with a $25,000 grant to assist them in adjusting, repairing or replacing inefficient plumbing fixtures identified in the audit.
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Stormwater Prep
Stormwater crews heed monsoons year-round
06/17/2019
EPWater crews work on El Paso’s stormwater system year-round. So when storm events occur, they are available to respond quickly to public requests to pump water and remove debris. The illegally-dumped trash not only slows down the process, but it also hurts the system.
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Water released from Caballo Reservoir on May 31 is flowing into EPWater’s Robertson/Umbenhauer Water Treatment Plant.
EPWater welcomes the river
06/06/2019
Teeming with the benefits of a winter and spring’s bumper snowpack, El Paso Water is finally welcoming the Rio Grande. At long last, water released from Caballo Reservoir on May 31 is flowing into EPWater’s two river water facilities, said Water Supply Manager Ruben Rodriguez. Although EPWater is expecting half of its normal river water allocation.
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EPWater recognized 21 businesses at its Industrial Pretreatment Excellence Awards ceremony.
Working Together to Protect the Environment
05/21/2019
Over the past three decades, El Paso Water has partnered with industrial businesses to reduce the amount of pollutants released into the wastewater system. Setting standards for what enters the system helps the utility control the treatment process and guarantees that water released to the Rio Grande will positively contribute to the natural ecosystem.
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El Paso artist Jason Brewer created the sculpture “Stormy” the Elephant using illegally dumped trash.
Public agencies call for action on illegal dumping
05/17/2019
At a May 15 news conference held at the El Paso Zoo, Assistant County Attorney Cristina Viesca-Santos said her office takes environmental crimes seriously. In 2018, they prosecuted six cases regarding illegal dumping and they are on pace to double that this year with five prosecuted so far.
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Employees of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant recently replaced all the original reverse osmosis membranes in the plant.
Investing in Desalination for Our Water Future
05/16/2019
As the nation celebrates Infrastructure Week, the Kay Bailey Hutchison (KBH) Desalination Plant is operating with recently replaced reverse osmosis membranes, a water infrastructure investment that protects water quality. By properly running and maintaining the facility, the original membranes lasted an impressive 12 years and processed over 21 billion gallons of water.
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At the bottom of the second inning, EPWater President and CEO John Balliew presented Interim Zoo Director Leonor Wilson the 2019 Conservation Hero award.
El Paso Zoo named 2019 Conservation Hero
05/13/2019
“This is quite an honor for the zoo to be recognized as a Conservation Hero,” Wilson said. “We do our best to inspire people to adopt ways to preserve our natural resources. The zoo took the right steps by installing low-flow toilets, metered sinks and using reclaimed water for irrigation.”
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