EPWU To Complete Stormwater Project in 2013
POSTED: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 8:30am
The El Paso Water Utilities Board has invested almost $1 million dollars into building a large basin at Gateway West Boulevard and Luna Street, that will collect run-off from rain storms, preventing the water from flooding the 10 freeway.
During a rain storm, all the water that falls on the mountains makes its way down to the mainland and eventually travels to the I-10 freeway. As a result, there is heavy backup in neighborhoods and massive amounts of flooding in the streets. In 2006, El Pasoans experienced one of these terrible floods after a rain storm caused officials to shut down I-10.
The Gateway West Stormwater Detention Pond is 18 feet deep and designed to hold 3.6 million gallons of stormwater. A 5 by 6 foot pipeline, that's connected to the pond, then moves the water out of this big pool, and dumps it into the river. Engineers say this project is one of several stormwater plans that will ultimately reduce El Paso's flood risk by 50 percent.
El Paso Water Utilities is partnering with the City Parks Department and designing the project to include a small park, with benches, grass, and shrubbery, to make the site an attractive addition to the community. The project is funded by the stormwater fee charged to customers on their monthly water bills. The stormwater pond is estimated to be completed by Spring 2013.