Water Shortage Impacts Local Businesses


POSTED: Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 8:26pm

UPDATED: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 10:23am

EL PASO - Some businesses are still operating normally in the Borderland despite the severe water shortage.

Business owner Gobina Jiminez says the water crisis is already negatively effecting her business, and she doesn't think the water should be restricted.

"No, I don't think the city is taking the right steps. They should just let water flow. People do need water. We all need water," she said.

El Paso Water Utility leaders say if businesses don't comply drastic measure will be taken.

"We did ask voluntarily yesterday for all these high water usage companies, we did. And we put out that voluntary alert but now today it's come to a point where we have to take other measures and we are sending our people out there to let them know they do need to close," El Paso Water Utility Spokesperson Christina Montoya said.

"We hope they understand this is a city wide issue that needs to be resolved, but if we have to ask the police department to come in and help us cut off their water, we will cut their water off," Vice President Nick Costanzo said.

To report a businesses that consumes a lot of water you can call 594-5500.

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Its about time someone "steps up to the plate" and enforces the mandatory shut off. There were businesses that had the mentality of "business as usual." Right across my street there were cars in line to wash their car....while others were still without water in their homes. These money hungry facilities and inconsiderate people should all be fined, and have their water cut off for at least one hour and see if they change their minds about the severity of the water shortages!!!

The Gestapo speaks! Mayor Cook went to San Antonio for a football game, and made his "apologies" from Austin. EVERY utility in El Paso failed miserably, and now we have threats of the political police to enforce the whims of incompetent Management and Supervisors. The Citizens of El Paso are not to blame - it's the Administrators of the Public Trust who failed all of us. Apologies NOT accepted. Hold the Politicians and Administrators of our Utilities responsible for the system failure!

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