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The Water Values Podcast series is presented in collaboration with Bluefield Research. This podcast series explores water issues from a variety of perspectives with the goal of uncovering the true value of water. Each episode will delve into one aspect of water, such as water utilities, water treatment, water resources, water reuse, and more.

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The Water Values Podcast series is presented in collaboration with Bluefield Research. This podcast series explores water issues from a variety of perspectives with the goal of uncovering the true value of water. Each episode will delve into one aspect of water, such as water utilities, water treatment, water resources, water reuse, and more.

    Why ESG Needs to Guide Corporate Decision-Making with Claudia Toussaint

    Why ESG Needs to Guide Corporate Decision-Making with Claudia Toussaint

    Claudia Toussaint, General Counsel of Xylem, provides a terrific discussion of ESG issues from the perspective of a publicly traded corporation’s general counsel. In a nutshell, Claudia describes how little acorns of ESG can grow into mighty oaks when corporate boards use ESG to guide their business strategies.



    In this session, you’ll learn about:



    Claudia’s unique backgroundWhat ESG is from a publicly traded company’s perspectiveWhy the water sector is so central to ESG issuesHow sustainability has morphed from primarily being an environmental concept to a business and social conceptWhy an entity’s business strategy needs to align with its sustainability strategyThe ESG issues involved in the Exxon Mobil proxy fightWhy ESG needs to be front and center for publicly traded companies (guess what – the logic applies to all businesses!)Why it is critical for corporate boards to have an ESG strategyHow ESG supports a corporation’s access to capital and lowers the cost of capitalHow ESG supports a corporation’s workforce and the corporation’s strategic directionHow businesses measure ESGWhy Claudia thinks the water sector can lead on ESG



    Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:



    Claudia’s LinkedIn PageXylem’s websiteDOJ press release indicating South Bend’s new Consent Decree will cost less than half of its original consent decree ($276 million versus $700 million)

    • 34 min
    VC and Early Stage Water Investing with Tom Ferguson

    VC and Early Stage Water Investing with Tom Ferguson

    Tom Ferguson of Imagine H2O fame and now captaining Burnt Island Ventures joins The Water Values Podcast for an engaging discussion on early stage and venture capital investing in the water sector and a big picture discussion about what the water sector needs to achieve greatness.



    In this session, you’ll learn about:



    Tom’s unique story for how he landed in the water sectorWhy Tom believes that deserving companies in water typically get funded, although their paths may be disparateBurnt Island Venture’s “broad at seed” strategyThe due diligence Burnt Island Ventures undertakes looking for investment opportunitiesFinding the pain point to accelerate the investment horizonThe investment lifecycleWhy investment diversification is importantBurnt Island Ventures’ current “Island” (you’ll need to listen to learn what this is)What Tom likes about water sector investing. And what he doesn’tTom’s big picture thoughts on the water sectorWhy the water industry needs to start shouting from the rooftops



    Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:



    Tom’s LinkedIn PageBurnt Island Venture’s websiteTWV #176: The Evolution of a Water Start-Up with Dana HaaszTWV #165: Private Equity in the Water Sector with Cimbria Capital’s Brian Iversen



    Thank You!



    Thanks to each of you for listening and spreading the word about The Water Values Podcast! Keep the emails coming and please rate and review The Water Values Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher if you haven’t done so already. And don’t forget to tell your friends about the podcast and whatever you do, don’t forget to join The Water Values mailing list!

    • 51 min
    No Community Left Behind with Water Finance Exchange’s Brent Fewell

    No Community Left Behind with Water Finance Exchange’s Brent Fewell

    Brent Fewell of the Water Finance Exchange shares the story of why the Water Finance Exchange was established and how it aims to serve the significant need for water infrastructure funding in the market.



    In this session, you’ll learn about:



    What the Water Finance Exchange isWhy the Water Finance Exchange was foundedHow the Water Finance Exchange is fundedBrent’s view on why communities have not been proactive in seeking water infrastructure fundingBrent’s thoughts on how the Water Finance Exchange might fit into the infrastructure billCriteria for Water Finance Exchange fundingHow Water Finance Exchange aims to help build utilities of the futureBrent’s observations on “water cooperatives”Why communities need to be open to change from a water funding perspectiveBrent’s thoughts on regionalization



    Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:



    Brent’s LinkedIn PageWater Finance Exchange’s website

    • 36 min
    An Exit Interview with Jeffrey Kightlinger

    An Exit Interview with Jeffrey Kightlinger

    Jeffrey Kightlinger provides an excellent interview offering profound thoughts on the water industry that was recorded during the waning days of his 15-year tenure as the General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Plus, Reese Tisdale of Bluefield Research comes on for Bluefield on Tap to discuss how population shifts might impact the water sector.
    In this session, you’ll learn about: 

    Why Jeff decided to retire from Metropolitan at this juncture
    Jeff’s perspective on what makes a good water leader
    Where the gaps in water leadership are and whether they’re being filled
    The advice Jeff received when he began his tenure at Metropolitan
    Whether Jeff heeded that advice
    How has the GM position changed during his tenure
    Jeff’s biggest surprises in dealing with water issues
    Jeff’s proudest accomplishments during his years at Metropolitan
    What Jeff wishes had worked out differently
    Jeff’s public words of advice for his successor, Adel Hagekhalil

    Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include: 

    Jeff’s LinkedIn Page
    Jeff’s Twitter handle: @8thGenCA
    Other exit interviews: Verde Exchange (Part 1 and Part 2) and org
    TWV #133: Resiliency and Regionalism in Southern California with Metropolitan’s Jeffrey Kightlinger
    TWV #142: Los Angeles’ Approach to Infrastructure with Adel Hagekhalil

    Thank You!
    Thanks to each of you for listening and spreading the word about The Water Values Podcast! Keep the emails coming and please rate and review The Water Values Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher if you haven’t done so already. And don’t forget to tell your friends about the podcast and whatever you do, don’t forget to join The Water Values mailing list!

    • 43 min
    Water Quality in the Cloud with Neno Duplan

    Water Quality in the Cloud with Neno Duplan

    Locus Technologies founder and CEO Neno Duplan provides a wealth of experience on water quality in the cloud. Neno began cloud-based data work before any of us knew what the cloud even was. He does a great job explaining the steps needed to undertake and the significant benefits of a cloud-based digital transformation, and much more!
    In this session, you’ll learn about: 

    Neno’s background and start in the nuclear sector consulting on cooling water
    Neno’s perspective on water quality data and the cloud
    The digital transformation from spreadsheets to local data bases to the cloud
    The one advantage that utilities still keeping data on spreadsheets have
    Neno’s advice on getting started with data collection and validation
    The cross-functional benefits of using cloud-based data
    The benefits of cloud-based data in regulatory reporting and strategic decision making
    What utilities can be doing now from a data collection standpoint to prepare for future regulation
    Why cloud-based and validated data aids utilities in regulatory reporting
    Where Neno thinks the future of water lies
    How blockchain fits into the water quality regulation

    Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include: 

    Neno’s LinkedIn Page
    Locus Technologies’ website
    News Release: US EPA Establishes New Council on PFAS
    TWV #170: Digitally Enabled Utility Resilience with Xylem’s Albert Cho
    TWV #50: Advancements in Water Testing with OndaVia CEO Mark Peterman

    Thank You!
    Thanks to each of you for listening and spreading the word about The Water Values Podcast! Keep the emails coming and please rate and review The Water Values Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher if you haven’t done so already. And don’t forget to tell your friends about the podcast and whatever you do, don’t forget to join The Water Values mailing list!

    • 34 min
    Synthetic Aperture Radar and Its Fascinating Applications in the Water Sector with James Perry

    Synthetic Aperture Radar and Its Fascinating Applications in the Water Sector with James Perry

    James Perry of Utilis joins us to discuss Synthetic Aperture Radar and its many and varied applications in the water sector. James provides a wealth of information about how the technology developed to its cost-effective use and application in the water sector. Plus, Reese Tisdale of Bluefield Research provides more water industry insights on the California drought and how utilities are bringing climate adaptation experience learned in California to other regions of the United States.
    In this session, you’ll learn about: 

    Jim’s background in big public companies and start-ups
    What synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is
    How SAR works
    How SAR can find the “underground signature” of water
    How SAR mapping can help identify where leaks occur in a water system
    The types of leaks SAR mapping can identify, from slow drips to large main breaks
    How SAR mapping allows system surveys to allow utilities to target problem leak areas
    Utilis’ experience as to where the infrastructure is leaking (mains, service lines, meters, hydrants, valves, etc. – the answer might surprise you)
    Additional uses for SAR like alternative supply locations, soil moisture monitoring, earthen dam monitoring, wastewater leakage, and much more
    How utilities using SAR experience a 6 month ROI

    Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include: 

    James’ LinkedIn Page
    Utilis’ website
    TWV #175: Climate Change Planning and Adaptation with Jim Schlaman
    TWV #139: Groundwater Depletion and Water Conflict with Jay Famiglietti

    Thank You!
    Thanks to each of you for listening and spreading the word about The Water Values Podcast! Keep the emails coming and please rate and review The Water Values Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher if you haven’t done so already. And don’t forget to tell your friends about the podcast and whatever you do, don’t forget to join The Water Values mailing list!

    • 44 min

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