First settled in 1680, El Paso is now the hub of a 2.7 million binational workforce, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, and home to some of the largest and most innovative water districts in Texas.
A retied contractor, Horizon City MUD Board Member, and AWBD West Texas Trustee, Bob Jarvis grew up in nearby Clint and knows his way around. He pulls up to El Paso the El Paso Airport on March 25th in a large, white pickup.
While driving away, he pulls out a map showing thousands of acres, but the map does not manage to capture all the area served by Horizon City MUD.
Driving east on I-10, towards the sun and Horizon City, Bob provides some context. El Paso, so named for the gap in the Franklin Mountain where the Rio Grande passes through, sits at the narrow western point of Texas. Look south, and there is Mexico; look north, and there is Fort Bliss and, beyond that, New Mexico.
“For a long time, we were outside the edge of development. But now, development is right outside of our district, and there is nowhere else for El Paso to grow.” Bob said over a quick breakfast.
Read the full Regional Report about innovations and challenges developing Horizon City in the Summer edition of AWBD Journal