CDM Smith will dig about 600 feet underground to examine why the well pump is not producing 1,000 gallons per minute as expected. | Photo courtesy EPWater
In the coming weeks, residents of the Cielo Vista and Burges neighborhoods will notice some construction work along the park’s walking trail, located just west of the Edgemere and Hawkins Boulevard intersection.
Utility officials say that, during times of drought, we have to manage their wells carefully, as every drop of water counts. That is why EPWater has been doing proactive well maintenance across the city since last fall in preparation for less river water this summer.
More groundwater will be needed to meet customer demands, so every well is being checked to ensure each is capable of maximum water production.
According to EPWater, one well located at Edgemere Linear Park has been identified for emergency repairs.
“This project is important for our water supply, and we want to inform community members who use the park why we’re here,” said Scott Reinert, EPWater Water Resources Manager.
EPWater contractor CDM Smith will begin digging underground to inspect the well pump.
Utility officials say the area will be an active work site with heavy equipment in use for several weeks. Residents are urged to take precautions when utilizing that section of the park. The area will be fenced off to keep visitors safe and signs will alert the public.
CDM Smith will dig about 600 feet underground to examine why the well pump is not producing 1,000 gallons per minute as expected. The utility has a proactive well maintenance program throughout the year that rehabilitates wells and replaces pumps. “We may have to run a small camera down the well to evaluate its condition,” said Reinert.
After the well is inspected, EPWater will determine if the pump needs repairs or if it will have to be replaced.
EPWater is coordinating with the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and with the office of District 3 City Representative Cassandra Hernandez to keep them apprised of the project.
“In an effort to provide reliable and safe water, we understand the improvements to the well are critical in avoiding disruptions during our hottest months,” said Hernandez. “With students and families expected to be home this summer, it is critical that EPWater complete this maintenance.”
The contractor will replace any existing landscape and portions of the walking trail that may be disrupted during the project. Work is expected to begin the last week of May.