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Proposed budget prioritizes infrastructure and water supply needs

El Paso Water Utilities staff recommended an 11 percent increase in Fiscal Year 2016-17 water and wastewater rates at the Nov. 16 budget review meeting. The proposed $463.2 million budget presented to the Public Service Board would fund projects that replace decades-old infrastructure; expand systems to accommodate growth in northeast, central and east El Paso; and continue to develop new water resources. The fiscal year begins March 1, 2016.
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Flood control needs drive stormwater fees higher

El Paso Water Utilities staff proposed an 11 percent increase to stormwater fees at the FY 2016-17 stormwater budget review meeting. The proposed $57.8 million budget presented at the Nov. 9 Public Service Board meeting would fund system operations, maintenance and drainage improvement projects. The board heard the water, wastewater and stormwater budget recommendations on Nov. 16. The board will adopt FY 2016-17 budgets for water, wastewater, reclaimed water and stormwater at its regular Jan. 13, 2016, meeting. The fiscal year begins March 1, 2016.
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Sandbags available at Stormwater Operations Center

The seasonal sandbag sites in the west, central, east and Mission Valley areas of the city are closed until summer 2016. Sandbags will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Stormwater Operations Center, 4801 Fred Wilson Ave.
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Cold weather requires different approaches to water conservation

In El Paso, water conservation doesn't take the winter off. However, winter water management requires a different approach.
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Turn Around Don't Drown®

The National Weather Service published the following facts on its website.

  • More than half of all flood-related drownings are due to vehicles being driven into flood water.
  • Many deaths occur when automobiles are swept downstream.
  • People often underestimate the power of water.
  • One foot of rushing water can carry away a small car in seconds; two feet can carry away most vehicles, including trucks, vans and SUVs.
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EPWU Does Not Endorse Pipeline Protection Programs

El Paso Water Utilities has received inquiries from customers about companies offering programs that cover the cost of emergency repairs to your private water and sewer service lines. EPWU is not affiliated with these companies and does not endorse the companies or their programs. Furthermore, EPWU does not require customers to obtain pipeline protection coverage.

Customers who are considering purchasing pipeline protection coverage from private companies are advised to read the information carefully before making a decision.


Authorized agencies streamline payment processing

There is good news for customers who make payments at CheckFreePay authorized payment agencies. We've upgraded their payment systems. This means customers will not need to call with the payment confirmation number, because payments are processed the same day.
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