Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer
Leonard R. (Len) Benson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). In this role, Len is responsible for the engineering, planning and construction of all DC Water facilities and infrastructure. This includes everything from pumping stations to water mains, sewer lines, valves and large wastewater facilities. Under his direction, DC Water is moving forward on three massive environmental projects, including the Clean Rivers tunneling project, Enhanced Nutrient Removal and a thermal hydrolysis and digestion process that will be the first of its kind in North America.
Mr. Benson is responsible for DC Water's Capital Improvement Program (CIP). He supports new initiatives and technology for the design and construction of DC Water projects such as the digester project and various improvements to aging water and sewer infrastructure in the District. He is accountable for the preparation of proposals, assessments and studies, approvals and the ultimate implementation.
Mr. Benson previously served as Director of the Department of Engineering and Technical Services where he managed approximately 130 professional and administrative employees and approximately 40 consultant firms. He also served as Chief of the Blue Plains project office for construction activities, Chief of the Architectural/Engineering Liaison Branch and Chief of the Design and Engineering Division.
Prior to DC Water, Mr. Benson worked at the District of Columbia Department of Highways and Traffic as a bridge construction engineer.
Mr. Benson graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.