El Paso Water Project Recognized with TPWA Award
Written By: Nicole McBride
Date: July 16, 2018
EL PASO, Texas — El Paso Water’s Resiliency Building & Water Storage Project was recognized as the Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association (TPWA) Project of the Year for 2018. El Paso Water invested $12 million to construct several elevated water storage tanks in 2017 to ensure continued water service in certain pressure zones that were vulnerable to water losses.
Parkhill was involved in the construction of two tanks, which included the design, bid and construction administration services for North 2 Elevated Storage Tank and Franklin 1A Storage Tank, and the coating inspections for the Memphis Avenue and Ventanas storage tanks. The North 2 and Franklin 1A tanks each hold 3 million gallons of water. In total, the new tanks provide an additional 13 million gallons of backup water supplies that can be routed around service disruptions, including water main breaks or large-scale emergencies.
“This project – along with our $30 million investment in additional backup power generators at many of our facilities – has improved our overall emergency preparedness and system resiliency so we can better serve our customers.” — Alan Shubert, El Paso Water Vice President for Operations & Technical Services & TPWA board member
The North 2 Elevated Storage Tank, top, and the Franklin 1A Elevated Storage Tank, above, each hold 3 million gallons of water. They are part of El Paso Water ’s Northeast System Expansion. Their backup water supply can be routed around service disruptions including water main breaks or large-scale emergencies.