CASA Winter Conference Update

   
   

    

 

 

National Water Leader George Hawkins to Deliver 

Keynote Address at CASA Winter Conference

George S. Hawkins, general manager of our nation’s Capitol utility – DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) – will join CASA’s delegates at the CASA Winter Conference to deliver the keynote address “Utility Leadership to Meet Today’s Challenges.” Hawkins is an environmentalist, lawyer and college professor and, prior to joining the public sector, he was a regulator and corporate lawyer.

A recent speaker at a CASA Washington, DC conference, Hawkins inspired attendees to see beyond traditional wastewater treatment and how to incorporate an environmentally-driven yet business centric program which embraces new social media outreach tools.  Back by popular demand, Hawkins will share with CASA delegates the cultural change underway within DC Water. He has launched the Team Blue program to engage front-line staff in improving the enterprise and connected to the BlueStat method to evaluate business processes with benchmarks and performance statistics. DC Water recently rebranded the enterprise to strengthen connections to the public. Hawkins is committed building a new and strong relationship with local and national environmental advocates to work in tandem to achieve the next generation of water quality improvements.

Hawkins will discuss the ambitious agenda at DC Water that complements a vast 10-year program to improve aging infrastructure and comply with ever more stringent regulatory requirements. DC Water operates the world’s largest advanced wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 370 million gallons per day and a peak daily capacity of more than a billion gallons. DC Water’s service area covers 725 square miles.  DC Water is designing and implementing a $2.6 billion program, the Clean Rivers Project, to nearly eliminate overflows of sewage and stormwater to the Anacostia, Potomac and Rock Creek Rivers. A $950 million investment is pledged to achieve the next level of nutrient reductions and help restore the Chesapeake Bay.

 

Learn more about Hawkins’ leadership of DC Water by reading his blog.

 

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