El Paso Hosts Water Summit


POSTED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:18pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:11pm

EL PASO- El Paso Water Utilities is hosting a three day workshop to discuss sustainable water practices.

Representatives of water utilities from Far West Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Northern Chihuahua attended the first day of the free workshop at the Carlos M. Ramirez Tech Water Resources Learning Center. The center is the largest inland desalinization plant in the world.

El Paso is leading the region in conservation practices and has been preparing for dry times like these. El Paso Water Utilities has been increasing the water supply by filtering out salt in the ground water and making it safe to drink. That water is then mixed back in with the fresh water from the ground.

"This plant, in the event that there's not a full supply of surface water we will use this, and be more in preparation of a drought condition," said Water Resource Manager Scott Reinert.

The event is organized by bi-national utility experts from the North American Development Bank and will focus on where we are today and how that relates to the immediate and long-term needs of utility managers and customers along the U.S./ Mexico Border.

"Cities in Texas are really suffering from the drought, well because we have been doing so much, we haven't really asked our customers to into drought restrictions the way other cities do," said Water Conservation Manager Anai Padilla.

She says El Paso has been practicing water conservation for 20 years. The summit is important because the city can coordinate with others on how to expand the conservation effort throughout the year.

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