In a move to achieve significant energy savings, along with increased efficiency of water network operations, El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU) – responsible for water supply to El Paso City in Texas, and parts of the surrounding County including the large Fort Bliss military base – has begun implementing Derceto's Aquadapt energy management software.
Supplying more than 800,000 users in the desert climate of El Paso requires balancing groundwater from 150 wells with seasonal surface water supply from the nearby Rio Grande. Water flows through four water treatment plants, three wastewater treatment plants and one water reclamation plant.
Successfully meeting the challenge of maintaining supply – through droughts and with a ten-year population increase of around 20% – has earned EPWU a strong reputation for innovation within the water engineering community. EPWU implemented the first PC-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system implemented by a major US water utility, introduced new technology to detect leaking water mains.