What Can Water Utilities Do to Prevent Another Flint?


This week we’re back again with the second in our two-part conversation between George Hawkins, head of the local water utility here in Washington, and Bloomberg BNA water policy reporter Amena Saiyid.

Because Hawkins works in the water industry, he’s had to field a lot of questions recently about what’s been happening in Flint, Mich., where improper treatment caused lead pipes to corrode, triggering one of the worst contamination crises in a generation.

The truth is, though, water utilities don’t have the authority to do as much as you might think to prevent another Flint. Despite this, there are some measures water utilities can take to, at the very least, keep their customers informed about their own lead water risks.

You can read more of Amena’s reporting on water policy at our blog and in our publication Daily Environment Report. If you liked what you heard in the podcast, sign up for a free trial.