City gets help to become more water smart

City gets help to become more water smart
Posted on 03/06/2020
Alan Shubert, Vice President for Operations and Technical Services, presents a check to Mayor Dee Margo.

El Paso Water presented a check for $25,000 to the City of El Paso at their Council Meeting on Feb. 18 to help make more municipal buildings water efficient. To date, EPWater has conducted water audits of more than 60 City facilities and recognized five libraries, six police facilities, 24 fire facilities and the zoo as Certified Water Partners. That means they have demonstrated best practices in their water use.

“The grant will help the City adjust, repair or replace inefficient plumbing fixtures we identified in our 2019 audit of city buildings,” said Anai Padilla, Water Conservation/TecH2O Manager. “We know these simple changes will help save water and money for the City and taxpayers.”

Alan Shubert, Vice President for Operations and Technical Services, gave a presentation to the mayor, city council and staff highlighting EPWater’s nearly 40 years of successful water conservation efforts.

“Our projections for water demand in 50 years, based on population growth, will be higher than our current supply,” Shubert said. “That means our conservation efforts need to continue.”

To achieve continued water use reductions, EPWater sees the most opportunity in reducing consumption among commercial and institutional customers. Through the $25,000 grant, an additional 20 municipal facilities will likely see water efficiency improvements.

“We estimate the savings for this first phase of water efficiency improvements to be as much as 3 million gallons per year,” Padilla said. “That’s approximately $10,000 per year in savings for the taxpayers of El Paso.”

EPWater plans to continue auditing City buildings, including recreation centers, Sun Metro facilities, the Convention Center and more. The water savings achieved through this program will help El Paso meet its conservation goals for the future.

Click here for more information on the Community Certified Water Partner Program.

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