Water Wars wins 2nd Sweepstakes Award

Water Wars wins 2nd Sweepstakes Award
Posted on 12/09/2019
Photo courtesy of Sun Bowl Association. About 30 employees volunteered more than 500 hours to build the float.

When El Paso Water’s 2019 Sun Bowl Parade entry – dubbed Water Wars – rolled up, it was clear to bystanders and competitors that utility employees had built another Sweepstakes Award winner.

“We broke some hearts again because everybody wants the parade’s top award,” said Chris Juarez, Fleet Maintenance Lead Technician and volunteer. “One of our employees said the Game of Thrones float team was super happy with their entry. Then we pulled up next to them, and their faces fell when they saw our float.”

Details, details

Complete with a flying X-Wing Starfighter aircraft, the float featured a Star Wars/Lego bobbleheaded galaxy. It became a labor of love for about 30 EPWater employees who volunteered their time on evenings after work and Saturdays.

El Paso Water has raised the bar for other float builders, said Martin Noriega, Utility Chief Operations Officer, Support. “It brought employees together, and it was a morale booster,” said committee member Martin Noriega, Utility Chief Operations Officer, Support. “I saw the mechanics come together and help each other out, saying this is an extension of us at El Paso Water.”

The work on the float was divided between volunteers at two EPWater facilities: the TecH2O Learning Center and the Fleet Maintenance Building. The mechanical portion of the float was built at the Fleet Maintenance Building, while the characters and action figures were crafted at TecH2O.

“We all worked together amazingly well,” said committee member Anai Padilla, Water Conservation TecH2O Manager. “It was nice to see everyone working well separately and then together. To see the finished piece after all of that work gave me the chills.”

Engagements to come

The fanfare isn’t over for EPWater’s float, which is scheduled to make an encore appearance Dec. 7 at the Christmas parade in Horizon City. Also, the float will be featured during the Engineers Week DiscoverE event Feb. 22 at TecH2O.

It’s all good news for EPWater employees who applaud any chance to show off their work to the public.

“The work on this float showcases the talent of the utility’s employees,” said committee member Ivan Ibarra, Fleet Maintenance Chief, offering thanks to the many volunteers. “This float shows that the utility has many dedicated and talented people working for it.”

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