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S7E2 - Expensive, Heavy but Desperately Needed: is Source the Future of Drinking Water?
with 🎙️ Colin Goddard - Director at Source Global
💧 Source aims to market the world's first renewable drinking water system. Clean, safe, made entirely off-grid, and available almost anywhere in the world.
What we covered:
😨 How more than 2 million Americans live without basic access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
😱 How over 44 million more US-Citizen are served by water systems that recently had health-based Safe-Drinking Water Act violations.
💪 How besides trucked and bottled water, Source intends to build a third path that might be much more sustainable
☀️ How Source actually produces water from ambient air by using the sun as the only source of energy
🪶 How the former Zero Mass Water has helped suffering communities like the Navajo Nation
💰 How much it costs to produce one liter of water using Source's Hydropanels (all inclusive), and how it compares to alternative water sources (pun non-intended)
💥 How Source may well produce water at 30 times the US utility tariff average, yet the comparison doesn't really hold water (pun intended, this time)
📈 How the Hydropanels aren't perfect yet, and Source's vision to one day produce the best and cheapest water on earth
🌱 How Source's intentions are written up to the company's bylaws, and how that leads them to be a certified B-Corp
❤️🩹 How centralized water solutions and technologies have failed to serve the edges of the grid
❌ How Source doesn’t identify as an atmospheric water generation technology and why
⚒️ How the Hydropanels work, how they’re monitored, how much they cost, and over how long
🏄♀️ How Source’s technology fits two different main purposes and hence can even be a suitable solution for California
🍾 Source’s business model, their own bottled water production, how a future decentralized water ecosystem would look like, water fit for purpose… and much more!
🔥 … and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙙 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 🔥
➡️ Send your warm regards to Colin on LinkedIn
➡️ Visit Source's Website
➡️ Check out the full story (and an infographic) on how Source's revisit of Atmospheric Water Generation could disrupt drinking water on the edges of the grid
[Extract] "an Egregious Waste of Money?! No, a Beautiful Use of Resources!" - Colin Goddard - Source Global
Colin Goddard is Director at Source Global. Source aims to market the world's first renewable drinking water system.
Clean, safe, made entirely off-grid, and available almost anywhere in the world.
44 million. That's the unbelievable number I dug out and triple-checked after discussing with Colin. In the United States, 44 million people are served by water systems that recently had health-based Safe-Drinking Water Act violations, as the Dig Deep non-profit reveals.
On top of these almost 15% of Americans that may have trust issues with their tap water, more than 2 million US-Citizens live without basic access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
So what's the way forward? There's, of course, more than just one option. When the Biden administration introduces a $111 billion investment to revamp the country's water infrastructure, that should concur to solve the problem.
But realistically, as strong as the reinforced tree trunk may become, it will remain tricky and almost impossible to fully reach the tip of every branch. So alternatives will come into play. The conventional alternatives are well-known, such as trucked water and bottled water, which alone will surpass utility water in investment worldwide by 2034, this year in the US, and already did, for instance, in Mexico.
And then, there might also be new types of alternatives, such as Source and its water produced from ambient moisture, but that Colin insists I don't call atmospheric water generation - he'll explain why in a minute.
Created by Cody Friesen in 2015 and backed by no less than Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, or Jack Ma, Source usually doesn't leave anyone indifferent in the water industry.
Some are very vocal about how much they doubt this approach, while others regularly endorse the company's accomplishments! Which side will you be on? I'll let you decide after you hear Colin out.
But for sure, if you have a strong opinion to share on that topic, my direct messages are widely open, or you can reach out at antoine at dww dot show. I'm really curious about it!
Then, regardless of your thoughts on the matter, let me remind you that if you like what you hear, you can help me tremendously by sharing that content around you.
Please tell your friends, colleagues, or LinkedIn network what you found inspiring in what Colin shares today, and if you don't like what you hear, please reach out to me and tell me what I should be doing differently or better. Come on, do it, and I'll meet you on the other side.
Expensive, Heavy but Desperately Needed: is Source the Drinking Water of Tomorrow?
S7E1 - How will the Trial Reservoir Change Piloting Forever and For Good?
with 🎙️ Piers Clark - Chairman and Founder of Isle Utilities
💧 Isle Utilities aims to bring new technologies to life by connecting expertise, investment, and inspired ideas across the globe..
What we covered:
💪 How the Water Industry could significantly impact most of the challenges our World is facing today
🧑🔬 How the best weapon for that impact to happen is not any of the usual suspects (regulations, restructuring, operations...) but rather an outlier: innovation!
🤔 How after evaluating 11'000 technologies and validating 1'400 of them, Isle Utilities decided to tackle the root problem: the time to adoption
⚒️ How the Trial Reservoir Isle brought to life is desperately simple, let alone incredibly brilliant
⚡ The three-step recipe that guarantees a Pilot's success in the Water Industry
📈 How the Trial Reservoir could well be adopted way beyond just the Water Sector and become the new normal in innovation
💥 How Piers's two significant career bumps sha
🔥 … and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙙 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 🔥
➡️ Send your warm regards to Piers on LinkedIn
➡️ Visit Isle Utilities' Website
➡️ Check out the full story (and an infographic) on how Isle Utilities' Trial Reservoir may turn water piloting on its head!
[Extract] "This is either Incredibly Brave or Fantastically Stupid!" - Piers Clark - Isle Utilities - Trial Reservoir
Piers Clark is the Chairman and Founder of Isle Utilities. Isle aims to bring new technologies to life by connecting expertise, investment, and inspired ideas across the globe.
I remember my first pilot as a young water professional. We were trying to enhance biogas production in a midsized wastewater treatment plant. To this date, I can't say if we failed. Because we indeed increased production, but yet probably not enough for the technology to be adopted. And, in fact, it wasn't.
In the next years of my career, I have again been involved in many pilots. Some of them were successful enough to take me abroad to conferences and present the results, but again, I must be really bad or doomed, but none of them ever became a full scale.
And I honestly never took a step back to figure out what was wrong with piloting. I can just tell it's hard by experience, but also because so many of the about one hundred guests that appeared on that microphone shared similar stories.
So, when I asked Sivan Zamir, by Season 5 Episode 15, what was the most exciting project she ever got involved in, and she answered that:
I had to think, gosh, that's so brilliant, simple, and desperately needed in this industry; I must find out more. And trust me, not only will we all find out more together with Piers in just a minute, but I promise you will also have a good time listening to how he colorfully deploys the story!
Are you ready to turn piloting on its head? Well, while you buckle up, let me remind you that if you like what you hear, you can help me up tremendously by sharing that content around you.
Please tell your friends, colleagues, or LinkedIn network what you found inspiring in what Piers shares today, and if you don't like what you hear, please reach out to me and tell me what I should be doing differently or better. Come on, do it, and I'll meet you on the other side.
How will the Trial Reservoir Change Piloting Forever and For Good?
S5E20 - My 5 Most Funded Guests / SUEZ & VEOLIA News / Episode 100
I know, it's the back-to-school period; you've got a lot of things on your plate, I get that, so don't worry.
I won't make that special episode too long, and you'll get a fast-track update on many of the guests and companies that appeared on that microphone.
Today, this podcast turns two! Two years, 222 episodes released, of which 97 were feature interviews, for a total of 105 hours on air. That's a lot of water industry, water sector, water and beyond, whatever we call it, and hopefully a lot of inspiration shots for all of us.
Two years is not much on the scale of the entire sector. Yet, a lot happened for many of my former guests since they appeared on my microphone.
Today you'll learn who raised the most money since the release of our common discussion, I'll share some milestones and recent projects for some of them, and I'll update you on our background drama: the story of the merger of SUEZ and Veolia.
I'll also address you with a big thank you!
We crossed the 50'000 downloads mark somewhen in August, for the podcast alone, and that month was also kind of historic; as for the first time, the podcast in all its shapes surpassed the 200'000 views milestone over all the platforms for August alone.
So let's keep pushing all together: as always, if you like what you hear, tell it to your friends, colleagues, teachers, students, customers, suppliers, and all the ones I forget: that's how I can justify to my wife, my kids and myself, all the time I spend preparing these contents for all of us. Which I, of course, love doing as well!
Season seven of the podcast starts next week with an incredible interview with Piers Clark, the founder and Chairman of Isle Utilities; I have many more inspiring conversations coming up, which I'm excited to share with you, I'll also be at the upcoming international water association's World Congress in Copenhagen next week, and then I'm heading to New York to join Sciens Water's Rethinking Water conference, where I'm looking forward meeting you!
And even though I'm sometimes slow in answering, and I apologize for that, please keep sending me your feedback, suggestions, and recommendations, yes, I'm slow, but I'm always reading and answering!
Again, thank you, and I'll see you next time!
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S6E32 - Two Bit da Vinci is Wrong
Two Bit da Vinci is wrong when he says:
"The smaller unit, the tsunami 500 can produce between 0.5 and 8 gallons per hour or up to 200 gallons per day. With the smaller unit, you'd be able to produce over 60 percent of your daily water needs or about three times your daily needs if you're single."
In fact, it is non-sense to imagine covering our daily water needs with new sources of perfect drinking water, like the Tsunami unit he reviews.
Because what are we using that water for? One-fourth goes to flush the toilets, another fifth is used in the shower, 17% wash our clothes, 12% simply leak out, and 8% serve a variety of additional uses.
So only 19% actually flows from the tap and could eventually be drunk, even if, in fact, the average American only drinks 0.5% of that, still assuming he never goes for bottled water.
The 50 Liter Home coalition actually demonstrated that we could turn those household water uses on their head and fully thrive with 50 Liters a day.
So the day we all equip ourselves right, that Tsunami unit would cover the needs of 15 households!
That's why, Two Bit da Vinci is wrong!
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Great show and great host
This podcast has a niche profile among the water podcasts out there by focusing on the innovative people and technologies in the wastewater industry. The topics are always interesting, and the host and guests are top notch. The only drawback I would mention is that sometimes the audio quality is a little spotty. Nonetheless I look forward to a new episode every week.
Great host and guests
If you are a water wonk like me, then you should not miss this podcast. Antoine is an insightful interviewer who is always well prepared to ask the right questions. His style keeps episodes both educational and fun!