El Paso, Texas, preserves fresh water supply by using reclaimed wastewater
Ed Archuleta, president and CEO of El Paso Water Utilities, was a member of a panel that issued a National Academy of Sciences report in January urging the use of reclaimed wastewater as drinking water. El Paso has been using reclaimed wastewater to supplement drinking water since 1985. Archuleta says El Paso residents accept the practice, which has helped reduce the city’s water demands even as population has grown. American City & County Associate Editor Larry Conley spoke with Archuleta about using reclaimed wastewater and how it has affected El Paso.