Water in the West - Session 1 - Hector Gonzales

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Integrated Water Management Strategies for the City of El Paso, Texas

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  • Water management plan addressed concerns by pointing out we needed diversified resourcesConservation part of portfolio but does not stand alone
  • Water in the West - Session 1 - Hector Gonzales

    1. 1. Integrated Water Management Strategies Hector Gonzalez Government Affairs Manager
    2. 2. El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board Created in 1952 by City ordinance  The PSB increased from 5 to 7 members with approval of HB 4004 in May of 2009  The PSB sets policy, adopts fiscal budgets, rates and fees, and approves an annual strategic plan for 4 utilities: Water, Wastewater, Stormwater and Reclaimed Water  EPWU provides water service to 95 percent of El Paso County (800,000+ residents)  EPWU’s capital improvement needs over the next 10 years are projected to be over $800 million 
    3. 3. Land Management PSB owns the following for water rights: • 25,000 acres in El Paso County • 75,000 acres outside El Paso County 880 acres in New Mexico
    4. 4. Water Resources
    5. 5. Regional Water Resources Elephant Butte Dam UNITED STATES NEW MEXICO Hueco Bolson Mesilla Bolson EL PASO Ciudad Juárez MEXICO TEXAS West Texas Aquifers
    6. 6. Diversified Resources 50-Year Water Resource Management Plan adopted in 1991 Surface Water Reclaimed Water Conservation Groundwater Desalination Importation
    7. 7. Ground and Surface Water Treatment Plants NEW MEXICO Upper Valley Water Treatment Plant Franklin Mountains EL PASO, TEXAS Military Reservation j Airport Fort Bliss Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant Robertson & Umbenhauer Water Treatment Plant Ciudad Juárez Jonathan Rogers Water Treatment Plant Surface Water Plants MEXICO Groundwater Plants
    8. 8. Wastewater Treatment Plants NEW MEXICO Fred Hervey Water Reclamation Plant Franklin Mountains EL PASO, TEXAS Military Reservation Northwest Wastewater Treatment Plant j Airport Fort Bliss Haskell Street Wastewater Treatment Plant Ciudad Juárez MEXICO Wastewater Plants Roberto R. Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant
    9. 9. Challenges • Drought • Growth • Rehabilitation of Infrastructure • Financial Obligations • Energy • Personnel
    10. 10. Rio Grande Runs Dry
    11. 11. 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2007 2008 2005 2006 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 Only 3 of the past 17 years has runoff into Elephant Butte been above average 1998 1997 Drought History
    12. 12. Recent Drought Situation  EPWU received reduced river water allocation - 6,500 AF compared to usual 70,000 AF  River release started in early June and ended in mid July  The lowest release since the inception of the project in 1906
    13. 13. Million Gallons 150 Calendar Year 2012 173 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 170 1992 1991 Peak Water Demand 200 190 180 163 160
    14. 14. 2013-2014 Projects  Water main projects to carry groundwater to central and downtown areas that heavily rely on river water  NE/Central Drought Project  Paisano Project     North Central Reclaimed water project New Wells Potable Reuse Other Water Supply Projects
    15. 15. Conservation
    16. 16. Conservation Rate Structure  Average Winter Consumption (AWC) is the average amount of water used during the most recent three winter months  Inverted Block Structure • Minimum Charge $5.18 • Water Supply Replacement Charge $6.39 • Block 1 $1.56 Indoor Use • Block 2 $3.68 Outdoor Use and Cooling • Block 3 $5.27 Excessive Use Block 3 (XS) 5% Block 2 (peak) 9% Block 1 (base use) 70% Minimum 16%
    17. 17. Water/Wastewater Ten Largest Cities in Texas Survey September 2012 TOTAL Austin $41.18 $56.47 Corpus Christi $97.65 $44.83 $46.74 Houston $91.57 $48.06 $48.33 Dallas $96.39 $38.92 $36.52 Plano $75.44 $27.98 $36.65 Fort Worth $64.63 $37.26 $23.65 Arlington $27.02 $60.91 $30.47 San Antonio $33.91 $57.49 $23.61 Laredo $22.58 $22.51 $57.52 $17.81 El Paso $45.09 $25.61 $0 $20 $40 Water * 13 CCF for Water, 9 CCF AWC and 9 CCF for Sewer $43.42 $60 Sewer $80 $100
    18. 18. Educational Facilities TecH2O Learning Center     Field trips Workshops and events External meetings and conferences Public tours Discovery Center at El Paso Zoo   Field trips Workshops and events Keystone Botanical Gardens  Workshops and events
    19. 19. Per Capita Consumption GPCD 230 220 210 200 190 180 170 160 150 140 130 120 Water Conservation Ordinance Adopted 2012 – 134 gpcd Year 2000 Goal – 160 gpcd Year 2010 Goal – 140 gpcd Calendar Year 2012 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1998 1996 1994 1992 1990 1988 1986 1984 1982 1980 1978 1976 1974 1972 Goal for 2020 – 130 gpcd
    20. 20. Stormwater Utility
    21. 21. Capital Program vs. Flood Risk Improvement 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 11 - 30 years 6-10 years 4-5 years 3 years 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Capital Funding Public Safety
    22. 22. Government Affairs
    23. 23. Government/Legislative Agendas to include:  Federal  State  County  Mexico/Binational
    24. 24. Water Historic and Long Overdue Action to Fund State Water Plan • Legislature created a water infrastructure bank to fund priority water management strategies at regional and state level • $2 billion appropriated from the Economic Stabilization Fund
    25. 25. Interim Issues 1. Coordinate support for SJR 1 2. Transformation of the TWDB as well as Rule Development for implementation of HB 4 and SJR 1 3. Desalinization Policy both Brackish Groundwater and Coastal 4. Role of Groundwater Conservation Districts
    26. 26. Research
    27. 27. CHIWAWA Consortium for Hi-Technology Investigations in Water and Wastewater • EPWU, UTEP, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center, NMSU, City of Alamogordo • Promote research and training programs in salinity management, inland desalination technology, concentrate disposal, and water resources management • Goal: development of new technologies and processes to develop reliable and sustainable sources of water
    28. 28. Questions?

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