EPWU PRESIDENT AND CEO NAMED PERSON OF THE YEAR
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Date: September 15, 2010
WASHINGTON D.C. — El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU) President and CEO Ed Archuleta was presented with The WateReuse Person of the Year Award this week at the WateReuse Association’s Annual Symposium in Washington D.C. The award recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the advancement of water reuse and desalination.
Archuleta has been manager of (EPWU) since January 1989. He has been instrumental in the huge strides EPWU has made in water reuse, conservation and desalination in the past two decades.
Under his leadership, the Utility’s reclaimed water system has grown from one customer to a total of 126 irrigation, industrial and construction customers, and over 48 miles of reclaimed water pipelines. Reclaimed water demand has increased from about 200 million gallons/year (1989) to 1.9 billion gallons/year (2010). As a result, there has been a significant decrease in per capita water consumption, from 200 gallons per person per day (1989) to less than 140 gallons per person per day (2009).
Archuleta also saw the need for El Paso to diversify its portfolio of water sources by adding a desalination plant. After many years of research, pilot projects, and requests for funding, El Paso is home to the world’s largest inland desalination plant in 2007. He also has spearheaded the creation of several partnerships to advance research in desalination.
Archuleta is also working on a book on water reuse as part of his membership on the National Research Council. He tirelessly works to educate other utilities and cities by giving presentations and speeches on water reuse, conservation and desalination programs.