Talking Under Water is the preeminent podcast for the water industry, including municipal and industrial water and wastewater, residential water treatment, storm water management and erosion control. It is produced in coordination between Water & Wastes Digest (WWD), Water Quality Products (WQP) and Storm Water Solutions (SWS). The podcast covers topics under the One Water movement including the municipal and industrial water and wastewater, point of use, point of entry, residential, storm water and erosion control markets. Talking Under Water highlights news, trends, new technologies, industry discussions and on-site interviews with experts for WWD, WQP and SWS.
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Episode 52: Flood Mitigation as a One Water Issue
In this month’s episode of Talking Under Water the co-hosts highlight the recent DoD memo that temporarily halted the burning of PFAS as a disposal method and touch on the complexities of Build America Buy America. Additionally, they discuss new grant funding to the State Revolving Funds from the US EPA. Finally, they share an interview with Jesse Mains, the stormwater management division chief for the City of Alexandria and Brian Rahal, the division’s senior civil engineer. Co-host Katie Johns spoke with them about how Alexndria is managing flood mitigation work, how flooding affects wastewater and drinking water and green infrastructure solutions to flood mitigation.
Episode 51: Diving into Regulations
In this month’s episode of Talking Under Water, hosts Katie Johns and Bob Crossen talk about a new documentary, “FLINT,” that will be released on Friday, April 29. Additionally, they discuss an EPA memo regarding accelerating nutrient pollution reductions.
Finally, the interview this month is with Maria Lehman, president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers and director of US Infrastructure for GHD. Johns talked with Maria about regulations, including the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act, PFAS, lead service line replacement and more.
Episode 50: Women in Water
In this month’s episode of Talking Under Water, hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Katie Johns and Bob Crossen — in conjunction with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day — share two interviews with stellar women in water on their career journeys and advice to the next generation. Johns spoke with Jennifer Kelly Lachmayr, who recently concluded her service as past president of NEWEA and is an active vice president at Arcadis. Del Ciello spoke with Melissa Jones, group president for commercial water solutions for Pentair.
Plus, the hosts share a little about what this episode means to them as co-hosts and where you can find even more women in water Q&As in celebration throughout the month. This marks our 50th numbered episode of Talking Under Water.
Finally, the hosts bid farewell to co-host Lauren Del Ciello as she leaves the podcast and starts a new adventure.
Episode 49: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Water Sector
In this month’s episode of Talking Under Water, hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Katie Johns and Bob Crossen discuss ASDWA releasing a state implementation framework for lead service line inventories, as well as upcoming water-focused social media events to participate in.
Finally, the interview this month is with Donnell Duncan, associate vice president for Arcadis, and Megan Yoo-Schneider, client-account leadership for Accenture. Together, they co-chair Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Johns spoke with Duncan and Yoo-Schneider about the WEF committee’s initiatives and goals, the importance of DE&I to the industry and how age plays into DE&I.
Next month marks our 50th numbered episode of Talking Under Water. In honor of the big 5-0, we want to hear from you. Send us your favorite water jokes for consideration for the March episode cold open intro (also in honor of World Water Day!) and get in on the action with us. Email us at email@example.com.
Episode 48: One Water Innovations & Tactics
In this month’s episode of Talking Under Water, hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Katie Johns and Bob Crossen discuss national news regarding the U.S. EPA finalization of the Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5) and its implications for water systems. The hosts also touch on the launch of a new EPA video challenge — “Companies Crushing Pollution” — and share how to get involved.
Finally, the interview this month is withNate Allen, executive director for WaterStart. Crossen spoke with Allen about innovation and how tactical decisions can be part of a grander One Water Strategy.
Cold Open | 0:00
Host Introductions | 1:06
Special Announcement: One Water Media | 2:04
EPA finalizes the UCMR 5 | 4:15
Companies Crushing Pollution video challenge | 7:04
Interview with Nate Allen begins | 9:31
What is WaterStart? | 9:43
Giving smaller solutions providers exposure | 11:16
Technology trends and innovations in water and wastewater | 13:00
Relieving the regulatory burden placed on utilities | 15:55
How small tasks can become big problems | 18:22
WaterStart’s role in the One Water conversation | 21:19
Tactical decisions for One Water strategies | 24:02
Trends for 2022 and WaterStart’s next steps | 24:59
Why having a working example is vital to innovation adoption | 28:09
Interview with Nate Allen ends | 30:24
Housekeeping | 30:57
Outro | 33:23
Episode 47: State of the Industry 2021
Wrapping up 2021, Talking Under Water hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Bob Crossen and Katie Johns present the third annual special State of the Industry episode. The hosts touch briefly on the recent passage of the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act; however, the bulk of the conversation focuses on the State of the Industry.
Del Ciello, Crossen and Johns each share key snippets and trends from their individual brands/markets (Water Quality Products, Water & Wastes Digest, Storm Water Solutions) regarding what they have been seeing through State of the Industry surveys and subsequent reports, which dive deep into the the wastewater, storm water and water quality sectors respectively. Finally, the hosts dig into a discussion on cross-sector overlap. In January, the podcast will be back with the regular format of news discussion plus a guest interview.
Cold Open: 0:00
Host introduction: 0:46
Episode overview: 1:03
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law overview: 2:12
Municipal water and wastewater breakdown and headwinds: 3:28
Storm water breakdown: 4:41
Residential and commercial water breakdown: 5:33
State of the Industry overview
State of the Industry for Water Quality Products: 7:19
State of the Industry for Water & Wastes Digest: 9:53
State of the Industry for Storm Water Solutions: 14:17
Supply chain disruption: 17:54
Staffing, recruiting and retention: 23:17
Funding, regulation, and permitting: 29:04
Lauren, Katie and Bob, hosts of the Talking Under Water podcast, highlight all aspects of water treatment and more in this can’t miss podcast! The hosts and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
Between insightful breakdowns of the latest news in the water industry and interviews with super interesting guests, this show always teaches me something. An excellent resource!