All in the family

Generations of Denver Water employees have followed in their parents’ footsteps to find fulfilling work.

April 27, 2016 | By: Jessica Kirk, Steve Snyder

Denver Water is always happy to welcome the latest generation of curious youngsters into our workplace as part of the nationwide “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”

But our employees have been doing this informally for decades, creating a distinctive legacy of children eager to follow their parents to careers at the water utility.

Denver Water’s Water Quality Lab is perhaps the best example of the ties that bind across generations. Four employees — Nicci Peschel, Ted Nicholas, Rod Edwards and John Feldhauser — share their legacy stories:

There are other examples of employees carrying on the family tradition at Denver Water. Like electrician foreman Ralph Cocozzella, who has worked at Denver Water for nearly 37 years, following in the footsteps of his father and his uncle:

Patrick Dennis in Denver Water’s Materials Lab is another example. Dennis spends his days testing soil and concrete samples, just like his father did a decade ago:

There are dozens more stories like these across our organization. And with a new group of kids fresh off their visits to Denver Water, we hope a brand new generation will be inspired to carry on a family tradition.