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City Council Lays Blame for Power/Water Crisis

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 11:08am

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 6:42pm

EL PASO - There is no excuse for the power and water crisis that has plagued El Pasoans.

That is what city leaders are saying at today's El Paso City Council meeting.

Many councilmembers pointed the finger of blame at El Paso Electric saying the utility should have been better prepared when two power generating stations broke down last week.

The council also blamed El Paso Water Utilities for not communicating with the city the way it should have.

City Manager Joyce Wilson said damages to the City of El Paso totals $200,000.  That does not include damages to individual homeowners.

More on this story tonight on NewsChannel 9.

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What a shame, the FAT CATS at the utility companies get fatter, and the poor working stiff has to put up with substandard performance by ALL the utility problems. But not to worry, they probably have the majority of city council in their hip pockets, and this will get blown over, city council will eventually decide the utilities did nothing wrong.

Really??? Communicating with the city "like they should have" would have made a difference?

The power stations didn't break down...THEY FROZE. Take a tour and you'll understand why when it freezes it can't operate. Until you SEE the operation you'll never understand WHY it (they) froze. Don't say another word until you take a tour. Take it now so you can see the ICE DAMAGE. Take another tour when everything is running smoothly. Compare the two conditions. BE IN THE KNOW.

The power company has enjoyed Quarterly profits and year end gains. Yet, they fail to re-invest those funds to improve and maintain their equipment.
Building new plants or expanding the current ones won't help if they freeze up.
Winterize and upgraded equipment with existing funds....

The power company wants to undertake the $225 million solar project as part of $550 million in capital improvements that include a new, 80 megawatt gas-fired "peaker" in Sunland Park, N.M., and a 144 megawatt expansion of its Newman Plant, which also is powered by natural gas. The solar part of the project is expected to cost residential ratepayers an extra $1.50 a month for the next five years and the gas-fired components are expected to cost another $1.50.

Just goes to show how STUPID and CLUELESS they are.

The number one culprit: EXTREME FREEZING TEMPERATURES

ALL OF TEXAS was implementing rotating(rolling)blackouts Wednesday.

It takes longer than 45 minutes (the duration of a rotation without electricity) to freeze those HUGE water pipes/connections that EPWU blames EPEC for.

El Paso was not designed/built with subzero temperatures in mind. The PROOF lies in ALL damage done by the FREEZING OF ALL THINGS BEARING WATER.

I WAS JUST NOT UNDERSTANDING THE REASON BEHIND THE PROBLEM THE ELECTRIC COMPANY JUST DID A UPGRAED ON NEWMAN WHICH WAS A TOTAL WAST OF MONEY, WHICH US AS CUSTOMER WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR ONE WAY ANOTHER. AS FOR THE WATER UTILITIES THEY KNEW OF THE CONDITION OF THE PIPES WITH ALL OF THE BROKEN WATER MAINES IN THE PAST TWO YEARS AND IT WAS NOT BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER AND COLD TEMPS. I THINK THE UTILITIES COMPANYS BETTER GET IT ALL TOGETHER AND WAKE UP. THIS IS THE USA NOT A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY.

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