To the Water CEO Group,
I appreciate very much receiving a copy of the letter that you have authored on advancing the interests of our industry. I wholeheartedly support this direction and am prepared to invest both my own personal time and the resources that DC Water can bring to the table.
If anything, I would go farther than what the letter contemplates. Perhaps due to my location in Washington, DC combined with my background as an advocate, I am disheartened by the multiplicity and complexity of voices and organizations that jockey for visibility and consequence in our arena. Unfortunately, this reality reminds me of the challenge faced by the thirteen colonies as they marched into the revolution – united we stand, divided we fall! I sense that although almost every group is well run and consists of good people with good ideas, the industry as a whole is so fragmented that we seem divided and weak, rather than unified and strong. Given the stakes at hand, a combination of a vital service and enormous needs, this reality must change.
On the other hand, I am absolutely thrilled by the potential that is before us – because we are an industry that touches virtually every person in the country – often with a written bill and message on a monthly basis. We can naturally tailor a unified national message with a local focus and flavor, linked to requests from political leaders and others for outcomes that matter to the very lives of their constituents (and our customers.) I agree that we need to persuade the public about the value of water – and want to also emphasize what needs to be done to secure this resource as well. We are investing an enormous amount of time, energy and money into this effort in our fair city, but are acutely aware that a better national effort would make all our local work far more effective – and then connect back to a broader success on issues of national significance.
Please let me know how I can help, I am ready and raring to engage.