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The future of water utilities

Posted August 2, 2016 in Articles

We came upon this podcast from Bloomberg BNA’s Parts Per Billion that we wanted to share about the future of water utilities. It features George Hawkins, head of the local water system in Washington, D.C. and Bloomberg BNA water policy reporter Amena Saiyid.

Hawkins is known within the world of water utilities as an ideas man, someone constantly trying to come up with new ways of delivering drinking water and disposing of wastewater. Or, more recently, taking that wastewater and recycling it into something useful.

But Hawkins also constantly finds himself torn between the future, the present and the past: he needs to balance his progressive ideas with the need to meet mandatory pollution prevention goals and also upgrade infrastructure in his city that is now decades, and in some cases, centuries old.

Where will the money come from to achieve all of this?

Hawkins talked about the financial pressures he and other big-city water utilities are facing and why these pressures mean utilities have to be really good at communicating with businesses and homeowners about their water bills.

Make sure to listen here and follow Parts Per Billion. You can also subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn or on SoundCloud.