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More details emerge for new water purification facility

A unique new source of high quality H2O is set to arrive for El Paso residents in the near future.

Officials with El Paso water say they’re excited with the progress made towards their planned advanced water purification facility, which is set to open in 2024.

The project is unique in that it would be one of the very first facilities ever that would be able to turn raw wastewater into a viable source of drinking water.

Water facilities had already been busing putting wastewater to work but only for irrigation purposes such as keeping parks and golf courses green,

“This facility is going to output about 8 million gallons per day and we can expand it up to about 12 million gallons per day,” said El Paso Water Chief Technical Officer Gilbert Trejo. “But the first phase of it, the one that would be completed around the 2024 range is going to be producing about 8 million gallons per day. “

The facility will provide dozens of new jobs and a 100,000 square foot parcel of land has been set aside for it.

The project has already cleared several major planning hurdles with funds for the $75 million plan expected to be secured through a number of federal grants as well as revenues collect from El Paso water customers.

The 4 step purification process from waste to drinking water includes reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light exposure.

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