Regional
12:47 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

El Paso Drilling More Wells To Meet Water Demand

 

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A board in El Paso has approved spending more than $4 million to drill nine wells south of Interstate 10 to better meet water demand.

The El Paso Times reports the Public Service Board also agreed Wednesday to explore buying water from farmers in response to dry conditions.

The board approved El Paso Water Utilities starting a $3.8 million project to transport water from areas of the city with more plentiful water into the drier lower valley region.

CEO Ed Archuleta says the utility has a capacity for a peak daily demand of about 175 million gallons. He says the problem is water distribution.

An engineering company will be hired to design a pipeline to take water from the central part of the city to the lower valley.

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Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com

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