El Paso Water Utilities (www.epwu.org)
Since 1985, the Hueco Bolson Recharge Project has produced water that meets drinking water standards for aquifer injection and infiltration. The water is treated at the Fred Hervey Water Reclamation plant, which receives raw (untreated) municipal wastewater and uses a ten-step treatment process that includes screening, degritting, clarification, equalization, flow equalization, two-stage recarbonation, sand filtration, ozonation, GAC filtration and chlorination and storage. El Paso is also in the permitting stage to design and build a pilot Advanced Purified Water Treatment Plant. The goal is to build a full-scale plant by 2017 that will produce about 10 million gallons of purified water per day. The Advanced Purified Water Treatment Plant will be next door to the existing Roberto Bustamante wastewater treatment plant. Highly treated wastewater will go through a redundant four-step treatment process to turn it into purified water before it enters the distribution system. The Advanced Purified Water Treatment Plant will give El Paso a drought-proof sustainable water resource. For more information visit http://www.epwu.org/water/purified_water.html.