Author: George Hawkins

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Transition Time at DC Water


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Earlier this morning, I notified the DC Water Board of Directors that I plan to step down from my current role as CEO and General Manager effective December 29. After more than 8 years on the job, the time has come for someone new at the helm. As for me, though I’m hanging up my

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Moonshot


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How to Drive Innovation in Water. Or, it’s the 3Ps, not P3! “If you buy our new technology, you will deliver better service to your customer at lower cost!” I receive an email or call almost every day that is a version of this comment.  Every. Day.  Buy my gadget, hire my expertise, adopt our fancy

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Semper Paratus


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I recall reading about how General Eisenhower paced back and forth, smoking cigarettes and unable to sleep, as the allied armies landed in France on D-Day. Responding to a historic snow storm is certainly minor compared to epic warfare, but I have a sense of the feeling. The storm now called “Snowzilla” had arrived in

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The Unflushables


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Every time the topic of flushable wipes comes up, I’m reminded of this scenario: A wastewater employee is discussing flushable wipes during an educational event.  She holds up a package of wipes and asks a young girl in the audience, “Do you think it is ok to flush these wipes?” “Of course”, says the young

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