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 39: Seizing Water's Moment
In this episode of Talking Under Water, One Water, One Podcast, hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Katie Johns and Bob Crossen discuss how the recently announced American Jobs Plan may impact the water sector before diving into two industry expert interviews regarding the current legislative landscape for water infrastructure priorities.
The interviews this month are with Nathan Ohle, CEO for the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and Shellie Chard, water quality division director for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. Ohle and Chard testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works March 17, highlighting the need for investment in water and infrastructure. Both represent different facets of the water industry yet stress the need for collaboration.
Episode 38: When it Rains, it Pours
n this episode of Talking Under Water, One Water, One Podcast, hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Katie Johns and Bob Crossen discuss the latest coronavirus relief package — the American Rescue Plan — and its impact on the water industry. We’ll also dig into the results of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2021 Infrastructure Report Card as pertains to water infrastructure.
Finally, the interview this month is with Rich “Raz” Razgaitis, co-founder and CEO for FloWater. Johns spoke with Razgaitis about microplastics and how the issue impacts all aspects of the water industry from consumer to municipality workers.
Congress adopts $1.9 trillion stimulus, securing first major win for Biden
EPA Action Notices Extend Lead & Copper Rule Revision Effective Date
US House Passes Stimulus Bill, Includes Water Assistance
ASCE Infrastructure Report Card: Drinking Water, Wastewater & Storm Water Grades
Storm Water Earns ‘D’ on ASCE Report Card for America’s Infrastructure
Cold open: (0:00)
Host introduction: (0:28)
American Rescue Plan Act effect on water industry: (1:45)
An update on the status of the Lead & Copper Rule Revision: (4:46)
ASCE Drinking Water & Wastewater Grade briefing: (6:09)
ASCE Storm Water Grade briefing: (7:42)
Unpacking the ASCE Report Card grades: (9:02)
Introducing Rich “Raz” Razgaitis: (12:34)
Defining microplastics in water: (13:17)
Threats microplastics pose to humans and the environment: (14:23)
The impact of microplastics on water, wastewater and storm water treatment: (18:30)
Are regulations on the horizon for microplastics?: (20:50)
Why banning single-use plastics doesn’t always work: (23:49)
How tap water is a crucial element in solving the microplastics problem: (26:04)
Microplastics regulations for wastewater and stormwater facilities?: (27:19)
What can water industry professionals do to address microplastics: (29:02)
Episode 37: Balance And Belonging
In this episode of Talking Under Water, One Water, One Podcast, hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Katie Johns and Bob Crossen explore how the Biden administration may impact the water sector and provide updates on the Lead & Copper Rule revisions discussed in last month’s episode. The hosts also briefly share water industry efforts and resources pushing diversity and inclusion.
Finally, the interview this month is with Andrea Hall, senior director of diversity and inclusion for Brown & Caldwell. Crossen spoke with Hall about diversity and inclusion, creating safe spaces to have challenging conversations, and the importance of confronting issues about race, diversity and inclusion.
Episode 36: Trends in Sustainable Investment
In this episode of Talking Under Water, One Water, One Podcast, hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Katie Johns and Bob Crossen discuss recent updates to the Lead and Copper Rule for the first time in 30 years and potential impacts on the water industry at large. The conversation also unpacks the recent Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s assessment of the State of the Bay, which declined slightly from 2018.
Finally, our interview this month is with Dorothée Chabredier, principal for Amane Advisors. Del Ciello spoke with Chabredier about trends in water investment, including an increased interest in sustainable investing. Chabredier explains the categories in sustainable investing, which have the greatest growth and how water businesses can optimize their business models to benefit from sustainable investing. She also shared her water wish list for 2021 and beyond.
Episode 35: 2020 State of the Industry
Wrapping up 2020, Talking Under Water hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Bob Crossen and Katie Johns present the second annual special State of the Industry episode. The episode features snippets from conversations with multiple industry leaders reflecting on the state of the industry from their perspective segments of the water industry, including the wastewater sector, residential/commercial drinking water treatment sector, and storm water and erosion control sectors. Del Ciello, Crossen and Johns weave the interview clips with discussion delving into the issues explored, including market impact of COVID-19, smart technology, consumer focus on water access/quality, regulatory issues down the pipeline and more.
A special thanks to all of this month's podcast guests for sharing their industry insights, including Derek Berg, president of the Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association; Adam Dibble, president of the International Erosion Control Association; Colin Sabol, senior vice president and president for Xylem’s Measurement & Control Solutions; Kristina Surfus, NACWA managing director of government affairs; and Samuel Karge, president, North America Water Treatment for A.O. Smith.
Cold open: (0:00)
Host introduction: (0:41)
Thoughts from Derek Berg on industry outlook: (1:45)
Adam Dibble shares his experiences about digital evolution in the industry: (5:24)
Colin Sabol explains how utilities are finding new uses for existing equipment: (11:05)
Kristina Surfus notes water equity, water affordability and water access will be policy cornerstones moving forward: (14:45)
Sam Karge discussing the challenges of evermore stringent regulations: (20:15)
Sam Karge asks if the health and wellness trend will continue after the pandemic: (24:31)
Host wrap up the episode(28:22)
Episode 34: Women in Water
In this episode of Talking Under Water, One Water, One Podcast, hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Katie Johns and Bob Crossen highlight conversations with two women in water on their career journeys, women in leadership, diversity in the workplace, the role of mentorship and more. Plus, the podcast guests share advice for young professionals entering the water industry.
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!