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The Big Shift: How Consolidation is Reshaping Water Services (w. Tom Rooney)
with 🎙️ Tom Rooney – Chairman at Sciens Water
💧 Sciens is a research-driven investment fund that identifies uncovered, under-researched, or misunderstood water sector opportunities that are undercapitalized.
▶️ This episode is a Bonus to my deep dive on M&A in the #waterindustry check it out on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/W6BmMc6D4Qk?si=xGwH0iEettOcSb_B
▶️ Or read the full blog entry on How to buy a Water Company
🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️
👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋
In this eye-opening episode of "Don't Waste Water," we delve into the dynamic world of water services, examining the significant shift brought about by the consolidation of the industry. Join us as we explore the intricate dance of mergers and acquisitions reshaping the landscape of water utilities.
🌊 Key Insights:
Unraveling the Consolidation Trend: We dissect why major players like Veolia and Xylem are acquiring companies like Suez and Vauquois, and what this means for the future of water services.
Fragmentation vs. Integration: Discover how the U.S. water infrastructure's profound fragmentation contrasts starkly with the emerging trend of consolidation. What are the implications for small and large utilities alike?
Technology Roll-Down: Learn about innovative approaches like the 'Blue Box' technology, transforming the accessibility of advanced water treatment for smaller utilities.
Regulatory Perspectives: We delve into the role of regulators in this consolidation trend, balancing the scales between progress and fair competition.
🔍 In-Depth Analysis:
Guest Insights: Hear from industry experts who provide their unique perspectives on how these changes are influencing the water sector's strategic, operational, and technological directions.
Impact on Communities: Understand how these shifts impact local communities, from the quality of water services to environmental sustainability.
🌐 Global Context:
We broaden the scope to understand how these trends in the U.S. align with global movements in the water sector.
🌟 For Whom?
Whether you're a C-suite executive, investor, water entrepreneur, or simply a water-conscious citizen, this episode offers valuable insights into the changing tides of water services.
📈 The Big Picture:
By the end of this episode, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of the current state and potential future of the water industry amidst this 'Big Shift.'
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These 5 Water Technologies Mitigate CO2 Emissions 5000x Better than Trees
We think aout carbon emissions when we fly, not when we flush! Let me coin that phrase, which opens up my reflection this week on a water professional's carbon impact and the ways to mitigate it through deploying water technologies.
Let's dive into the heart of the water sector's role in CO2 emissions and explore innovative technologies that could drastically reduce our carbon footprint.
I share my personal journey of grappling with the guilt of my carbon emissions and how it led me to discover solutions far more effective than planting trees.
First, let's summarize Xylem, Cambi and Global Water Intelligence's findings on the Water Sector's Carbon Footprint. It surprisingly compares almost one to one in CO2 equivalent emissions with the aviation industry.
Then, let's explore 5 Carbon Mitigation Strategies in the Water Sector:
1️⃣ Leak Reduction - Discussing the impact of 126 billion cubic meters of lost drinking water annually and how pressure management can significantly reduce this loss and the associated carbon impact.
2️⃣ Smart Pumps: How optimizing pumps with AI and machine learning can slash energy use and CO2 emissions.
3️⃣ Biogas Enhancement: The potential of anaerobic digestion and thermal hydrolysis processes in wastewater treatment plants to produce biogas, replacing fossil fuels. (And what I used to do kind of wrong in that field)
4️⃣ Aeration Optimization: The role of AI in optimizing the activated sludge process, reducing energy consumption, and mitigating nitrous oxide emissions.
5️⃣ Advocacy and Policy Influence: The importance of regulations and incentives in driving sustainable practices in the water sector.
I'm closing on a personal touch, reflecting on the impact of the Water circus on the road twice a week all year long. It's great if the water sector compensates its emissions, but what if it didn't create them in the first place? Let's set ourselves on the path to 2050!
Bottom line; think critically about your own carbon footprint and the broader implications of everyone's daily water use. Let's all challenge conventional ideas and present an opportunity for water professionals and enthusiasts to contribute to a more sustainable future.
The power of MABR
Better understanding Methane emissions
Fighting Nitrous Oxide emissions in Wastewater Treatment
Cutting the Water Sector's carbon emissions in half (at no cost)
The potential of the Thermal Hydrolysis Process
Following my tracks on the IOT Use Case Podcast (together with Aerzen)
The full blog article on this week's episode covering the Water Sector's Carbon Impact
⬇️ In this Episode ⬇️
00:00 My 12-Ton CO2 Problem
00:50 The Superpower of Water Pros
01:40 Where do the Water Sector's CO2 emissions come from?
02:51 Water Technology n°1
06:26 Water Technology n°2
09:33 Water Technology n°3
12:43 Water Technology n°4
16:11 Water Technology n°5
S10E10 - How to Buy a Water Company (and Turn in a Profit)
with 🎙️ Tom Rooney - Chairman at Sciens Water
with 🎙️ Alex Buehler - CEO at Integrated Water Services
with 🎙️ Damian Georgino - Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson
🌊 Dive into the riveting world of water company acquisitions in this episode of "Don't Waste Water," where we unravel the strategies behind turning water utilities into profitable ventures.
🚰 Featuring insights from industry giants like American Water, Essential Utilities, and Central States Water Resources (CSWR), we explore their aggressive M&A tactics. American Water's staggering 245 acquisitions since 2000 and CSWR's recent 83 deals in a single year are just the tip of the iceberg.
🔍 Uncover the surprising reason behind the U.S.'s fragmented water utility sector. With over 50,000 water systems and 35,000 wastewater systems, many small-scale utilities are failing to meet health standards. This episode sheds light on the urgent need for consolidation and improvement.
💡 Learn from Tom Rooney, Alex Buehler, and Damian Georgino about the transformative power of scale in improving water utility operations. Discover how larger entities can implement advanced technologies to enhance service quality and ensure safer water for all.
🧐 Examine the potential risk of monopolization in the water industry. We debunk myths and provide a reality check on the pace of consolidation in the U.S. compared to other countries like the UK.
🎙️ Special guests Alex Loucopoulos and Tom Rooney from Sciens Water share their expertise in creating efficient water utility ecosystems. Delve into their innovative approach of "rolling up" service providers and "rolling down" technologies to bridge the gap in the water sector.
🔄 Explore the concept of "tech aggregation" in the water industry. Companies like Integrated Water Services are leading the charge in bundling and scaling up solutions to serve the middle market effectively.
🌐 Go beyond the surface with discussions on the strategies of other leading companies in the sector, including Evoqua, Nijhuis Saur Industries, and SKion Water.
🚀 Wrap up with a forward-looking perspective from Tom Rooney, predicting more consolidation in the water industry and its surrounding ecosystem.
🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️
👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋
➡️ Useful Links:
Sciens Water: https://www.scienswater.com
My 5 Killer Water Technology Breakthroughs from Aquatech Amsterdam 2023
Fresh from the bustling halls of Aquatech Amsterdam 2023, the water sector's epicenter for cutting-edge insights, here's my personal selection of the water technologies you need to hear about. There's a bit of disruption, a bit of translation, a tad of sturdiness, and a good piece of grit, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Shall we look into it?
This recap from Aquatech Amsterdam 2023 covers the most exciting water technologies on display at the event. In the video, I go through my top five picks, discussing innovative technologies such as the smart removal of cellulose from wastewater by Purgatoria, Zwitterco's brand new reverse osmosis membrane technology, or BluElephant's take at the good old MBR.
The episode also highlights emerging trends in the industry and includes interesting discussions with representatives from various companies, making it essential viewing for professionals in the water sector.
Check out my full article on Aquatech Amsterdam 2023
🎙️What I covered 🎙️
🌊 How Aquatech Amsterdam became the nexus for groundbreaking water technologies in 2023.
🚀 Why the "Cool Kids" of water tech, like Aquacycl and Membrion, are rapidly expanding and innovating.
🌐 What ZwitterCo's revolutionary RO membrane means for the future of water treatment.
🤖 How ZwitterCo is transforming water desalination with their cutting-edge technology.
💡 Why BluElephant's autonomous, off-grid MBR is a game-changer in wastewater treatment.
🌿 What makes BluElephant's MBR unique: combining simplicity, autonomy, and affordability.
🎯 How serendipitous encounters at Aquatech led to unexpected and valuable insights.
🌱 Why green lime innovation could significantly impact carbon emissions in the water sector.
🧠 How Aquatech's unique environment fosters specific and highly relevant conversations.
🔄 What the innovative technology from Purgatoria reveals about recycling toilet paper.
💪 How Purgatoria's technology can boost the efficiency of wastewater treatment plants.
🌍 Why Purgatoria's approach to cellulose recovery could be a major step towards environmental sustainability.
📈 How Aquatech Amsterdam exemplifies the evolution of water marketing and industry trends.
⬇️ In this Episode ⬇️
00:00 A Warm Welcome from Aquatech Amsterdam 2023
0040 5 - the Cool Kids are growing!
02:16 4 - A Technological leap from ZwitterCo?
07:16 3 - The Ideal Decentralized MBR?
12:15 2 - The Best Water Tradeshow?
16:50 1 - The OTHER treasure in your toilets
S10E9 - Coding the Future: Ginkgo Bioworks' Synthesis of Biology and Technology
with 🎙️ Kimberly Kupiecki - Senior Director at Gingko Bioworks
💧 Ginkgo Bioworks is the software company for biology, coding DNA to create custom cells that solve real-world problems.
What we covered:
🔬 Why Ginkgo Bioworks is like programming life itself - Kimberly Kupiecki unveils the art of coding cells, not just computers.
💧 How the water sector intersects with synthetic biology - Ginkgo Bioworks eyes growth in the biosensor space.
🏭 What's beyond water - Kupiecki's role spans from industrial applications to dabbling in pharmaceuticals.
🧪 How Ginkgo's foundry's 'secret sauce' lies in high-throughput screening, turning outliers into discoveries.
🌱 Why the synthesis of nature and science at Ginkgo could revolutionize materials, starting with the very building blocks.
🚀 How agility in assimilating feedback and implementing rapid changes marks the cultural shift from DuPont to a scale-up.
🌱 What aggressive 2025 goals balance the scale-up's growth with the necessity of becoming earnings positive.
💡 Why building intellectual property (IP) adds layers of downstream value without expanding physical footprints.
🎢 How embracing risk leads to personal expansion, a sentiment echoed in Kimberly Kupiecki's mentoring approach.
🌟 Why "The Beautiful Mess" captures the essence of juggling motherhood and a career in male-dominated industries.
🌱 What innovative approaches to carbon reduction excite industry leaders? Kimberly Kupiecki reveals a game-changing negative carbon mechanism.
🤝 How stakeholder insight forms the backbone of success; Kimberly Kupiecki emphasizes learning from stakeholder dynamics.
📘 Why endorsements and marketing strategies are crucial for launching your book; Kimberly Kupiecki shares her pre-launch jitters.
🔥 ... and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙙 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 🔥
🔗 Have a look at Gingko Biowork's website
🔗 Come say hi to Kimberly on Linkedin
➡️ Check out the entire article on Gingko Bioworks
➡️ Reach out to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Price of a Human Life? Study reveals.
Ready to shake up how you think about water investments? This episode dives into the Value of a Statistical Life (VSL) and how it can be a game-changer for justifying water projects. 💧💰
We're not just talking numbers; we're talking about lives saved and the economic benefits that ripple through communities. From policy decisions on airbags to the cost of treating water, we're breaking down why the VSL could be the missing link in your water investment strategy. 📊
If you're an investor, water entrepreneur, or policy-maker, this episode offers a fresh lens on how to evaluate the ROI of water projects. Don't miss it! 🎧
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This podcast is absolutely brilliant
this podcast is a great example of edu-tainment; i’m learning so much about the current situation with our world’s water supply, but also just genuinely enjoy listening because of the host! he’s got such a welcoming, down to the earth energy and it makes me it feel like i’m just listening to a friend talk. definitely gonna tell my friends about this, it really is such an important topic that i don’t think a lot of people think about..but i’m glad someone is leading the conversation. cheers!
Wastewater under the spot!
Finally a podcast dealing with this fascinating industry! Nice guests, cool host: worth listening!