EPWU Begins North Central Drought Project
CENTRAL EL PASO — El Paso Water Utilities is working to bring more water to Central El Paso. The Summer of 2012 was one of the driest in El Paso, "Experts fully expect that drought to continue Summer of 2013. So El Paso Water Utilites is preparing for tomorrow, today," Martin Bartlett, spokesperson for EPWU says.
EPWU says they're preparing by constructing almost 2 miles of pipeline from Hayes to Porter Avenues. The pipeline will bring 15.5 million gallons of water per day from North East El Paso to Central El Paso. "Those areas along the river are usually supplied with river water during the Summer time, "Bartlett tells us.
The more than $2.9 million North Central Drought Project was recently approved by the Public Service Board. The utility company estimates it will be up and running by Summer 2013. They also say they are anticipating more projects like this one, which may mean increasing utility rates. Which, they estimate, to be about $2 more a month for customers throughout the Sun City in order to thwart a water shortage.
EPWU says many areas south of I-10 and along the Rio Grande are typically supplied by river water during irrigation season. They will host their meeting on Wednesday, which is open to the public. Meeting begins at 9 AM at 1154 Hawkins Boulevard.