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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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Organizational Innovation and Change


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I was honored to be invited by David Henderson of XPV Water Partners to attend their annual retreat for many of their portfolio companies.  XPV is a private equity firm that raises funds and exclusively invests in companies that are providing services in the water arena.  This is a broad category in many respects –

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Accepting on Behalf of Team Blue


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I was honored to accept the US Water Prize for 2016 on behalf of DC Water at the impressive US Water Alliance meeting in Atlanta. The US Water Alliance has come a long way since Radhika Fox has taken on the helm, and it is the premier effort to drive a one water strategy among

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Plotting the Pipes


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As a result of the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan, many Americans – regardless of where they live – are thinking about their drinking water. That’s good! Water quality is a critical issue and the more people know about where it comes from and how it gets to their faucets, the better they will be

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World, Meet Bloom.


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The playbook for public officials goes something like this: deliver remarks, sit patiently as several others do the same, then smile for the cameras as you move a gleaming shovel through a tidy pile of dirt. I’ve probably taken part in a dozen ground-breaking ceremonies over the years, first as a mayoral appointee and then

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