"Salt of the Earth" Award

The MSSC Board of Directors recognize industry leaders that demonstrate outstanding commitment, leadership, vision and dedication to our water industry by promoting advancements in technologies for desalination, reuse, salinity control strategies, water/energy efficiencies and related public policies that assist communities in meeting water needs.  


2017 Award Winners Announced at MSSC Annual Salinity Summit 

On behalf of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition Board of Directors
Congratulations to the 2017 Award Winner:

Tom Davis, Director of the Center for Inland Desalination Systems at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

Tom Davis is Director of the Center for Inland Desalination Systems at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Tom is a native of Columbia, SC. He earned his BS and PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. Most of his career has been devoted to the understanding of ion-exchange membranes and their applications to electrodialysis and fuel cells. His employment includes Southern Research Institute, Exxon, Graver Water, the University of South Carolina, and ZDD, Inc., a small company that is commercializing technology for reduction of the amount of water lost in the disposal of concentrate from desalination of saline water. ZDD (Zero Discharge Desalination) technology was demonstrated at Alamogordo, NM, where the groundwater is nearly saturated with gypsum, and it was used in UTEP’s entry in the Desal Prize competition. He is currently involved in a start-up company, Atlas Regeneration Technologies, to commercialize a UTEP invention – a sensor to detect hardness in water treated by a water softener to determine when the softener should be regenerated. Other research includes the use of electrodialysis to recover acid from process water and the use of photovoltaic (PV) power in desalination.



2016 Award Winners Announced at MSSC Annual Salinity Summit 

On behalf of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition Board of Directors
Congratulations to the 2016 Award Winners:

U.S. Representative, Grace Napolitano
Grace Flores Napolitano was first elected to Congress in November, 1998. She is currently serving her fifth term representing California's 38th District. Her Los Angeles County-based district covers several cities in the Southeast and San Gabriel Valley areas including Norwalk, Pomona, Santa Fe Springs, La Puente, the City of Industry, Montebello, and Pico Rivera, plus the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Hacienda Heights, West Puente Valley, and parts of Whittier, East Los Angeles, Rowland Heights, South San Gabriel, and Valinda.
The Congresswoman has been a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources since the 106th Congress and was selected the Chair of the Water and Power Subcommittee for the 110th Congress. She has always been an avid promoter of conservation, water recycling, desalination, and sound groundwater management and storage to address Southern California's need for adequate water quality and supply. She is proud of her legislative efforts on a number of fronts - assisting in the implementation of CALFED, a water management plan for the State of California, protection of the fragile ecosystem in the Bay-Delta and promotion of the use of advanced technologies. Her legislative effort in 1999 to begin removal of a 10.5 million ton uranium tailings pile at the banks of the Colorado in Moab, Utah, stands out as a major accomplishment, alleviating a very real danger to the health of more than 25 million people living in 7 states, an ecosystem that supports the Southwest's tourism industry, two national monuments, and a variety of pristine natural habitats.
At the start of the 110th Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the appointment of Napolitano as the most senior new member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, yielding her a voice for her communities on matters of jurisdiction over America's surface transportation, freight and passenger rail, the inland waterway system, international maritime commerce, the Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers' support of the nation's water resources, and the federal clean water program.
Napolitano brings strong background and experience to the Committee with 6 years on the California State Assembly Transportation Committee, and current work on rail safety and congestion relief in the San Gabriel Valley. She will continue her work advocating on behalf of the transportation needs faced in the eastern half of Los Angeles County, which lacks mass transit and has the most congested and underserved transportation system in the country. She will also continue advancing and promoting the ideas of minorities, including the many Hispanic Americans who not only design and build our transportation systems, but use mass transit in greater proportion.

Edmund G. "Ed" Archuleta, Director of Water Initiatives

Edmund G. "Ed" Archuleta was manager of the El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board from January 1989 until his retirement in January 2013. He was responsible for all aspects of water, wastewater, reclaimed water service, and storm water to the greater El Paso metropolitan area. He reported to and implemented strategic policies set by the seven-member Public Service Board. Ed was then named the Transition and Special Projects Manager for the El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board from January through July 2013. Ed joined UTEP as Director of Water Initiatives on September 1, 2013.

A registered Professional Engineer in Texas, New Mexico, and Iowa, Mr. Archuleta earned BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master of Management degree from the University of New Mexico. He is an American Academy of Environmental Engineers Diplomat. He was appointed in June 2006 by President George W. Bush to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. In 2008, he was appointed to the National Academy of Engineering/Science to develop a publication on Water Reuse as an Approach on Meeting Future Water Supply Needs. Most recently, he was named The WateReuse Association's Person of the Year for 2010.

In 2010, Mr. Archuleta was appointed by President Barack Obama to represent the United States as Chairman on the three-member Pecos River Compact Commission. Archuleta serves with two other Commissioners – one representing the state of Texas, and the other represents New Mexico.

Mr. Archuleta is currently involved with several technical and professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, WateReuse Foundation, the National and Texas Societies of Professional Engineers, the Texas Water Conservation Association, New Mexico/Texas Water Commission, and Far West Texas Planning Group. He is a past Chairman of the Water Research Foundation, and past Board Member of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, the WateReuse Association, and the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation. He served as chairman of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition, an organization of 17 member cities in the West. He is an advisory board member to the USO- El Paso Chapter.

Mr. Archuleta is currently serving or has served on several civic organizations, including the United Way, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the Rotary Club, and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Paso del Norte Group, El Paso Symphony, Community en Acción and New Mexico State University Academy of Civil Engineers. He is also on the Engineering Advisory Board of New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso.