Who We Are

TecH2O logoEl Paso Water opened the Carlos M. Ramirez TecH2O Water Resources Learning Center in 2008 to promote water education, water conservation and total water management in the Chihuahuan Desert. The Center is owned and operated by El Paso Water, a non-profit, public utility that serves the city of El Paso.

The Center’s name recognizes the late Mayor Carlos M. Ramirez (1951-2008), who was an early and vocal supporter of the desalination plant and an advocate for funding of the plant and the learning center.
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Key Staff

Anai Padilla
El Paso Water Conservation and TecH2O Manager

Anai Padilla leads conservation programs for El Paso Water, and she manages the TecH2O Learning Center. In her career with EPWater, she has administered various residential conservation programs, leading to a 30 percent reduction in per person water consumption. She has developed a variety of educational programs to meet the needs of teachers, students and the public that have served to create a culture of conservation in El Paso. She serves on the Texas Water Development Board’s conservation advisory council. She has a B.S. in Horticulture from New Mexico State University and a Masters' Degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

Norma Guzman-Kennedy
Water Conservation Specialist


Norma Guzman-Kennedy leads conservation outreach programs at the TecH2O Center, with an emphasis on commercial and residential outreach. She helped create the Certified Water Partner program to promote commercial conservation, has introduced workshops and lecture series to provide public learning opportunities and has developed educational programs and led many field trips and in-classroom programs. She has a B.A. in Business Management from Park University.

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