El Paso Water Utilities Says It's Prepared for Monsoon Season


POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 5:47pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 6:54pm

In the monsoon season if you haven't stood or driven under a hard rain you will soon enough. One local water utility company says its ready for trouble.
A crew of three were hard at work today with shovels in hand. They're not just picking up trash, because it looks dirty, they're making sure these storm drains are ready to be put to the test.

"Of course we don't get a lot of rain but we often times get it in a very intense burst, so that's why it's crucial to make sure the system is always ready to perform as well as it can. Making sure that every ditch, every drain, every conduit goes somewhere and can take the water where it's supposed to be," said Bartlett.

El Paso Water Utilities normally does this kind of storm drain maintenance throughout the year but it's especially important during monsoon season.

E Paso Water Utilities says daily clean-up during our rainy season is just as important as identifying new areas to build new drains and ditches. The company and the Public Service Board teamed up to start a storm water master plan after the flooding in 2006. They identified hundreds of areas of town needing crucial attention and 16 that needed immediate attention, like the area on Fairbanks where the Electric Ditch Diversion Project now stands.

"They mitigate El Paso's flood risk cut in half when they're all said and done. El Paso is a storm ready city now because we are out there actively maintaining our storm water infrastructure,” said Bartlett.

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