Planned Projects

Will Ruth Pond to Improve Northeast Flood Control

El Paso Water plans to build a large water retention pond in Northeast El Paso between Will Ruth and Threadgill. This project will improve public safety and reduce flooding in the Northeast. 

Heavy rains can quickly create flash floods in this area, endangering residents and drivers. The 93 million-gallon pond will collect stormwater from Dyer Street and the surrounding area and prevent it from flowing into the neighborhoods downstream of the pond. 

With better flood control, hundreds of homes downstream of the Will Ruth Pond will be mapped out of the floodplain, which could save many homeowners from having to pay for flood insurance. This project also could have a positive impact on property values for those homes.

The $15.5 million project is in the planning stage. Construction is expected to begin when property acquisitions are complete.

Will Ruth Pond

Silver Springs Arroyo Dam

El Paso Water will build a new dam to capture water in Northwest El Paso.

In 2006, an intense storm caused record high precipitation that exceeded the capacity of the existing drainage system. As a result, homes and businesses experienced costly damage and the location was declared a federal disaster area. 

The new Silver Springs Arroyo Dam will be built to capture additional water between the Spring Crest Dam and the Silver Springs Channel. The new Silver Springs Arroyo Dam along with other dams and channels will provide flood control to the area for up to a 100-year storm.

The project will include construction of a 30 foot tall, 320 foot long earthen embankment dam, a 290 foot long sediment basin, and two box culverts to provide a smaller, more controlled flow. Additionally, the dam will feature a stilling basin and dissipators to slow the flow of water as well as and an emergency spillway.

Silver Springs Arroyo Dam

Vista Del Este & Ranchos Real Elevated Storage Tanks

In the Fall of 2018, El Paso Water will be installing two new elevated water tanks in Far East El Paso.

A new 2 million-gallon tank will be installed near Lago Point and Lookout Point, and a new 2.5 million-gallon tank will be installed near Edgemere and Vista Del Este. Not only will the tanks provide an additional 4.5 million gallons of local water storage, the sites will be beautified with rock walls and wrought iron gates.

The addition of the Vista Del Este and Ranchos Real elevated storage tanks will improve system reliability and provide steady water pressure to Far East El Paso and El Paso County. 

Vista Del Este & Ranchos Real Elevated Water Tanks

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