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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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“Agua es vida,” or “Water is life,” said U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, New Mexico, as she discussed the importance of multi-agency, multi-government collaboration to ensure water sustainability for our region.
Water summit draws hundreds to NM
05/01/2019
Hundreds of water industry experts and researchers converged for the second annual Two Nations One Water summit April 24-25 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, prepared to foster a dialogue on solutions for water management. U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico quickly set the tone during her welcome speech for the summit. “Everyone in this room here today is here because you know the future of the West largely depends on one thing – water,” Torres Small said.
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Water Festival participants
Upcoming Water Festival taps into arts, culture
04/25/2019
Are you excited about water? El Paso Water is hosting a 2019 Water Festival and the only question you need to ask yourself is, “What do I want to experience first?” With so many activities scheduled, EPWater's Water Festival is generating quite the buzz online and staff are expecting a record turn-out. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the TecH2O Learning Center.
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Donna Maxwell of Brown and Caldwell, at right in cap, discusses the preliminary rules and regulations required when equipping a well.
Visitors learn first-hand how wells work
04/22/2019
As the city waits to receive its shortened river supply in June, El Paso Water is closing in on a May 1 deadline to prime eight new wells for pumping fresh water into the distribution system. Visitors to a well-equipping event were privy to the behind-the-scenes action taken to prepare Well 42A, one of the eight wells included in EPWater's Drought Resolution Program.
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Texas Parks and Wildlife says additional warning signs perhaps some form of soft fencing will be installed to protect the birds from human intrusion.
Owls in danger receive new home
04/18/2019
An unusual visitor started making regular appearances at the construction site of the Thomas Manor Park Pond Improvement project a few months ago. As construction workers and engineers worked to deepen the pond and expand the stormwater infrastructure, they discovered an owl in the area.
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In 2016, EPWater piloted the Advanced Water Purification process.
El Paso Water leads in water reuse technology
04/12/2019
“I think it’s very exciting for El Pasoans to know that what we’re doing here in El Paso is going to change the water industry,” Gilbert Trejo, Chief Technical Officer, said. “The water community knows and understands that these treatment processes treat the water and produce a very high-quality water."
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Pipe tapping team eyes top state prize
03/28/2019
On April 4, four El Paso Water employees will take their places as coach, setter, cranker and copper during the Texas section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Pipe Tapping Competition in Houston.
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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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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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