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El Pasoans to be Recognized for Embracing Water Conservation
EPWU "25 Years of Conservation" Celebration Begins

News Release
Contact: Luis Carlos Lopez
915-594-5510 (office), 915-319-3284, e-mail:

Date: April 20, 2016

EL PASO El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU) officially marks 25 years of its city-wide conservation program that has effectively cut water consumption in El Paso by 30 percent. Utility officials seek to recognize customers who have cut their water consumption, embraced water conservation and contributed to the success that has positioned El Paso as a national conservation leader.

"In 1991, we launched our conservation program with a major emphasis on educational outreach to schools, incentives to change how we use water and enforcement mechanisms to ensure compliance with the city conservation ordinance," said John Balliew, EPWU President and Chief Executive Officer. "Ultimately, the community stepped up and embraced a conservation culture, which has endured for more than two decades."

To honor those who have made every drop count, EPWU is launching a "Conservation Heroes" and "Water Savers" recognition program.

EPWU invites El Paso customers who, through thoughtful conservation, have seen significant reduction in their water consumption. Both residential and non-residential customers can submit their stories and be recognized as "Conservation Heroes."

The two top submissions will be recognized on the field during an El Paso Chihuahuas home game in June and will each receive four tickets to that game. They will also be featured in a video and profiled on the EPWU website and social media channels. Applications and guidelines are available at or at the TecH2O Center, 10751 Montana Ave. Entries must be received by May 16.

"Water Savers" open to all who have adopted conservation practices are invited to share photos and descriptions about how they save water on EPWU's Facebook page for a chance to receive Neon Desert Music Festival tickets.

Conservation helps preserve groundwater in the Hueco and Mesilla aquifers for future generations. As we celebrate a quarter century of water conservation, EPWU reminds our customers that #EveryDropCounts. For water saving tips and ideas visit

El Paso Water Utilities, overseen by the Public Service Board since 1952, operates and maintains four utilities water, wastewater, reclaimed water and stormwater for the El Paso region. With an innovative and diverse water portfolio and the world's largest inland desalination plant, EPWU implements the latest technologies to provide El Paso with high-quality, sustainable water supplies.