POSTED: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 8:39am
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 8:42am
EL PASO, TX — Edmund G. “Ed” Archuleta, P.E., President and CEO of El Paso Water Utilities, has announced plans to retire in 2013 after more than four decades in the water industry. Archuleta has led the utility for nearly 23 years since 1989.
In that time, EPWU emerged as a worldwide leader in water conservation, reclamation and inland desalination.
“Mr. Archuleta’s innovation, expertise, and leadership have made EPWU one of the most progressive water utilities in the country,” said Ed Escudero, chairman of the seven-member Public Service Board that oversees the utility. “He has guided this utility with a steady hand, both securing El Paso’s water resources and seeking forward-looking and sustainable solutions.”
Archuleta’s pioneering leadership has been recognized well beyond El Paso. In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Archuleta to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him to represent the United States as chairman of the three-member Pecos River Commission. He was also named The WateReuse Association Person of the Year for 2010, and one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 1992 by the American Public Works Association. Archuleta was one of several national experts who recently completed a book for the National Research Council and Academy of Science and Engineering titled “Water Reuse: Potential for Expanding the Nation’s Water Supply Through Reuse of Municipal Wastewater”.
“For more than two decades, Ed Archuleta has been recognized as one of the leading general managers in the water field. Ed is much more than that, however. He is a leader, an innovator, and a tireless advocate and champion of new ideas,” said G. Wade Miller, executive director of the WateReuse Association.
“El Paso Water Utilities was one of the first water agencies to design and operate an indirect potable reuse facility and later to design and implement the world's largest brackish groundwater desalination facility. Ed's talent, energy, and leadership will be sorely missed.”
One of Archuleta’s greatest accomplishments is the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant. Many local officials agree that the expansion at Fort Bliss would not have occurred without the construction of the desalination plant that helps to ensure a sustainable water supply.
A native of Clayton, N.M., Archuleta made El Paso his home. He has served or is serving on the boards of several local civic organizations, including the United Way of El Paso County, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the Rotary Club, the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the Paso del Norte Group, El Paso Symphony and the UTEP and New Mexico State University Engineering Advisory Councils.
The final decision on Archuleta’s successor will be made by the Public Service Board. At the direction of the PSB, utility staff has engaged in an extensive and comprehensive succession planning process for all key leadership positions, including that of the President and CEO.
The board also elected to engage the services of Bob Murray and Associates to lead a search for the new President and CEO, who will oversee EPWU’s water, wastewater, reclaimed water and stormwater divisions. The job announcement is posted at bobmurrayassoc.com .The position requires extensive education and experience. Archuleta holds degrees in both engineering and business management.
EPWU has an annual budget of over $235 million and employs about 900 full-time staff.