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DC Water, Editorial

End of an Era (or Two)


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When I arrived at DC Water, I was told that an employee named Gus Bass led the city’s transition from wooden mains to iron. While that was an exaggeration, Gus did begin serving long before we were DC Water or even DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA). Gus became a permanent employee with the Authority

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DC Water, Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure Modification Approved


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Last week a truly historic accomplishment came to a final resolution – the modification package to incorporate Green Infrastructure into our Clean Rivers Project Consent Decree was entered with the District Court. This modification enables DC Water to incorporate green infrastructure (GI) into the remedy we are building to solve the water quality problems associated

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DC Water, Editorial, Infrastructure

Sometimes Progress Starts with Getting a Low Grade


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A C+ grade, not once but twice!  What parent would be happy with that outcome? Yet, I am not talking about grades in school. I am referring to the recently released report card by the American Society of Civil ditoringineers (ASCE) scoring the infrastructure of Washington, DC. Drinking water infrastructure: C+.  Sewer infrastructure: C+.  ASCE

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DC Water, Editorial, Innovation

Good Government Puts People First


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I’ve been thinking a lot about performance in the public sector, particularly as it relates to innovation. I know I am not the only one, because if you live in the Washington, DC area, you can’t help but think about the performance of many agencies, including the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). In many

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