Northeast Water Reclamation Project

Painted Dunes Golf Course
Water from the Fred Hervey Water Reclamation Plant irrigates Painted Dunes Golf Course and the Bowen Ranch and provides El Paso Electric with cooling tower water for electric power generation. Minor customers also obtain water for construction activities at the plant or another standpipe located at a more convenient site throughout the system.

The Fred Hervey Water Reclamation Plant is the only wastewater treatment plant in El Paso designed to meet drinking water standards in its effluent through tertiary treatment. Designed to treat 12 million gallons per day, the plant currently treats over 5 million gallons per day, producing approximately 5 million gallons per day of reclaimed water to customers and for recharge of the Hueco Bolson.

The Northeast reclaimed water system accounts for almost 10 miles of pipelines, 2 pump stations and several recharge wells. A 16-acre regional park connected in late 2005 is expected to use up to 20 million gallons of reclaimed water per year. Ultimately, the park will use up to 72 million gallons per year at full buildout. Expansion of the electric generation plant is underway, and plans are to meet the additional demand upon startup, leaving no uncommitted amount of reclaimed water.