Category Archives: Communications

Happy “World Toilet Day”! Yes, Really

Conveying the value of water is pretty tough, when you’re competing against the Kardashians and the NFL for people’s attention.
Here in Green Bay, we try to find creative outlets for our water messages, using various platforms.  In November, we use a toilet.

Image credit: The Green Bay Press Gazette ran an article on NEW Water’s “World […]

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The FTC Flunks “Flushable” Wipes

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Monday that it finalized a consent order with Nice-Pak Products, Inc. requiring it to stop advertising its wipes as “flushable” unless it can substantiate the claim.  This consent order is the first action by a government agencies to deal with the flushability issue, and it is a huge […]

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Utilities Cooking Up Treats for Halloween

One of my favorite days of the year is Halloween. So, in the spirit of holiday, here are a few of the “treats” that our utility members have put together to showcase the “mysterious unknown” – the wastewater treatment plant:

DC Water – is offering a “#no2tour” inviting the community to come and tour their new […]

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Partnerships for Clean Water: The Norm or the Exception?

This year the City of Cedar Rapids and 15 partner organizations launched a $4.3 million project focused on improving soil health, water quality and water quantity in Iowa’s Middle Cedar watershed, a 2,417 square mile watershed which is part of the larger Cedar River watershed.  The Middle Cedar Partnership Project, made possible thanks to funding […]

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If a picture is worth 1,000 words – then an App is Even Better!

Over the course of the year, our staff has been sharing favorite graphics, games and more for use on your tablet, laptop or mobile device.  Below are the sites and apps that we found to be useful, entertaining, innovative or just plain addictive — and in some cases, all of the above.
Infographics: We love these informative […]

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Water, Water Everywhere but . . .

Never has the line from the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge been more poignant than on the West Coast this year.  We know that water is essential, and that’s why NACWA and my utility are part of a nationwide educational effort called “Imagine a Day Without Water.”  Dozens of other clean water utilities, mayors, engineers, […]

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Snapshot of Our Members: NACWA by the Numbers

I love annual reports.  Partially because I really am inspired by the graphics, and partially because it is fodder for the future.  Last week, we released our 2014-2015 Year at a Glance – NACWA by the Numbers . . . Impact through Advocacy, Return on Investment & A Healthy Environment.  And we couldn’t be more pleased with this […]

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Peyton Plays: Peyton Manning and Strategic Planning

Autumn brings many things – chief among them are football season and strategic planning. Peyton Manning, 5-time NFL MVP and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, is a master of planning and preparation. During this season of strategy, NACWA is taking a page from Peyton’s playbook.
Align your individual goals with team goals
We are […]

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End of Summer Reading Lists

I’m sad to say the end of summer is near.  It’s Back to School time and Labor Day is right around the corner.  What better to beat that End-of-Summer Sadness than a roundup of some of the best blogs in biz!
Blogs have become a standard in external communications for the Water Sector.  Blogs can help […]

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Being a Utility of the Future is Being the Change We Wish to See

I’ve been very glad to see so much attention focused lately on the Utility of the Future (UOTF).  In my view, the key to being a UOTF is the notion that clean water utilities should no longer see permit compliance as the ceiling of their aspirations but, instead, as the floor.  Clean water utilities have […]

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