The City of El Paso is hoping to secure funding for the design of an innovative potable reuse facility that could process up to 10 million gallons a day.
Planning for the project comes on the heels of a potable reuse system project, otherwise known as a closed-loop water system, that was operated in the city on an experimental basis for nearly a year in 2016.
It is thought that such a system, which reclaims sewerage water for use as water for drinking and other purposes, could easily process some 10 million gallons a day.
As proposed, the project has already received permit approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Officials with El Paso Water, the city’s water utility, who have said that such a process could be up and running within the decade, and have also estimated that it would likely cost more than $100 million to build a water purification facility.
Efforts to secure federal funding for the facility’s construction are currently underway.
By Garry Boulard