Our customers might be satisfied with high-quality water and exceptional service, but we are always looking ahead. If we want to provide water for future generations, we need to be planning today.
We implemented new management strategies in 1991 after adopting a 50-year water resource management plan. We looked into the future, determined how much water would be needed, and developed strategies for obtaining reliable, long-term water supplies.
Our plans are now included in a regional plan that is updated regularly. We planned for years when the water supply is sufficiant and years when drought reduces the river supply. We plan to increase conservation, use more river water when it is available, and develop more water resources to keep pace with the city's growing demands.
For example, river water is too salty for conventional treatment when the irrigation season ends, but desalination can make it usable. Another strategy would store treated river water underground in the Hueco Bolson during March and April when water use is low. We plan to implement these strategies by 2020.
Years ago, we began purchasing land in other Far West Texas counties. We can pump water from aquifers under the properties and build pipelines to bring the water to El Paso. Our importation projects are on hold until 2040 or later, but these projects will be very expensive and planning is already underway.
New strategies will be included when the regional plan is updated. The updates will be completed in 2016.
Visit the water resources section of our website to learn about water planning.