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An Award We All Share


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    I was surprised and honored to receive the George Warren Fuller Award at the recent Chesapeake Bay Tri-Association Conference in Ocean City. Tri-Con is a joint meeting of regional sections of the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, and the Waste Water Treatment Operators Association. I was surprised, because I was attending the

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Ice Bucket Challenge Accepted


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  Ice Bucket Challenge on top of Fort Reno Reservoir’s green roof. Photo by Andy Le. I was hoping I might survive the Ice Bucket Challenge craze unscathed, but my luck ran out when my good friend Julius Ciaccia challenged me. Ciaccia, as we call him, is the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Regional

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100 Good Reasons Why Innovation Must Come From Everywhere in Your Organization


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DC Clean Rivers Project Our challenge is clear.  We have a $3.8 billion ten-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) supported by our retail and wholesale ratepayer base in the Washington, DC region.  We are at the peak of spending for our CIP now, driving significant yearly rate increases that are well above inflation. The largest component of the

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Innovation in 3 Easy Steps – Part III


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I promised a third post to provide examples of innovations we have been able to discover and implement at DC Water.  In considering this goal, I have decided to divide this part into three sections – there’s just too much great progress to cram in one post!One part I have already published here: Innovation in Action. This first example highlighted

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