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Bridging the gap between water plant operators and engineers

Water Break Heather Jennings, PE

    • Education
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Bridging the gap between water plant operators and engineers

    The Water Break Podcast, Episode 13: Treatment Plant Instrumentation

    The Water Break Podcast, Episode 13: Treatment Plant Instrumentation

    “Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

    In Episode 13, Heather Jennings discusses Treatment Plant Instrumentation with her guest, Benjamin Barker. Mr. Barker has been an applications engineer for Xylem for 4 years, working with YSI’s process instrumentation product lines. In his role as applications engineer, he assists customers with sensor applications, writes material for YSI.com, and conducts technical trainings and webinars for wastewater operators and engineers.

    Podcast References from Wanda’s Water Tidbit: How a Burning River led to the Clean Water Act



    S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): History of the Clean Water Act

    Smithsonian Magazine: The Cuyahoga River Caught Fire at Least a Dozen Times, but No One Cared Until 1969

    • 41 min
    The Water Break Podcast, Episode 12: Cyber Security for Water and Wastewater Systems

    The Water Break Podcast, Episode 12: Cyber Security for Water and Wastewater Systems

    “Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

    In Episode 12, Heather Jennings discusses Cyber Security for Water and Wastewater Systems with her guest, Tom Kirkham. Tom is the Founder and CEO of IronTech Security. IronTech Security is a cybersecurity company that has been providing services to water utilities for 20+ years. Topics discussed include cyber security issues currently facing the water and wastewater industries and how to prepare for them.

    Mentioned in the Podcast



    Threat Post: Florida Water Plant Hack—https://threatpost.com/florida-water-plant-hack-credentials-breach/163919/



    Podcast References from Wanda’s Water Tidbit: Water Bears on the Moon?



    Live Science: Facts About Tardigrades—https://www.livescience.com/57985-tardigrade-facts.html

    TED Ed: Meet the Tardigrade, the Toughest Animal on Earth—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxndOd3kmSs&ab_channel=TED-Ed

    PHYS.ORG: Tardigrades, We’re Now Polluting the Moon with Near Indestructible Little Creatures—https://phys.org/news/2019-08-tardigrades-polluting-moon-indestructible-creatures.html

    • 54 min
    The Water Break Podcast, Episode 11: Everything You Wanted to Know About BOD Testing (But Were Afraid to Ask)

    The Water Break Podcast, Episode 11: Everything You Wanted to Know About BOD Testing (But Were Afraid to Ask)

    “Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

    In Episode 11, Heather Jennings discusses wastewater BOD (biological oxygen demand) Testing and Lab Analysis with 2 guests: Rick Mealy, retired program chemist from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Laboratory Certification and Registration Program and president-elect of the Wisconsin Wastewater Operator Association’s (WWOA) Board of Directors, and George Bowman, retired lab manager and certification audit chemist.



    Contact Rick Mealy at rickmealy1@gmail.com or through the Wisconsin Wastewater Operators' Association



    How to make Holy Water (according to Rick and George): Wait for the video on Slide 2. Click to Watch



    Podcast References from Wanda’s Water Tidbit: Walking on Water



    Scientific American (Article): How Is It Possible for Insects and Spiders to Walk on Water or Walls?

    American Chemical Society Headline Science (YouTube Video): Shadows Reveal How Insects Walk on Water



     

    • 53 min
    The Water Break Podcast, Episode 10: Getting Clarification

    The Water Break Podcast, Episode 10: Getting Clarification

    “Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”



    In Episode 10, Heather Jennings discusses water clarifiers with John Gottschall. Mr. Gottschall is retired, with over 40 years of experience in the wastewater industry. Topics covered in the podcast include introduction and orientation to water clarifiers, types, processes involved, and maintenance of clarifier systems. Mr. Gottschall shares many lessons learned from his long experience, along with stories from the field that include goats and lawn mowers!



    John Gottschall may be contacted at johngottschall7@gmail.com.

    Podcast References from Wanda’s Water Tidbit: Ice Balls



    CNN—It’s so cold in the Midwest that thousands of ice balls have formed on Lake Michigan: https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/16/us/lake-michigan-ice-balls-trnd/index.html

    Atlas Obscura—It’s Ice Ball Season: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ice-balls-lake-michigan

    YouTube—Ice Balls Crash Along Lake Michigan Shore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWHgcsQtOaE

    YouTube—Ice Balls Forming Along Lake Michigan Near Glen Arbor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iupm6VHKoQU

    • 55 min
    The Water Break Podcast, Episode 9: Testing Wastewater for Covid-19

    The Water Break Podcast, Episode 9: Testing Wastewater for Covid-19

    “Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

    In Episode 9, Heather Jennings discusses COVID 19 wastewater epidemiology and how that helps communities track the pandemic in their communities. Her guests are:



    Ian L. Pepper, PhD, Professor at the University of Arizona and Director of the Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center in Tucson, Arizona.

    Dave Tracey, a licensed professional engineer in the province of New Brunswick, Canada, and Director of Global Channel Sales for LuminUltra Technologies Ltd, a Canadian firm focusing on biological monitoring and control solutions.

    Helena Steeves, Clinical Applications Engineer at LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.





    Dr. Pepper may be contacted at the WEST Center: www.west.arizona.edu



    News Video on Dr. Pepper’s wastewater epidemiology project: https://www.kold.com/2020/08/24/uarizona-testing-sewage-water-covid-/



    Mr. Tracey and Ms. Steeves may be contacted, and information about LuminUltra Technologies is available, at:



    luminultra.com | Blog | LinkedIn | Twitter | YouTube | Facebook



    Podcast References from Wanda’s Water Tidbit



    He tastes water like some taste wine. Meet a water sommelier: https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/short-film-showcase/00000169-6e55-db4c-af6f-7f551ca00000

    Fine Waters Taste & Design Awards: http://www.finewaters.com/

    Berkely Springs International Water Tasting 2020 Winners: https://berkeleyspringswatertasting.com/winners/

    • 28 min
    The Water Break Podcast, Episode 8: Microscopy and DNA, A Match Made In Heaven

    The Water Break Podcast, Episode 8: Microscopy and DNA, A Match Made In Heaven

    “Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

    In Episode 8, Heather Jennings discusses DNA Analysis and Microscopy with Dr. Paul Campbell and Ryan Hennessy. Paul has extensive experience with microbial physiology, industrial microbiology, and fermentation and leads Aster Bio’s molecular biology and biochemistry work. Ryan is a microbiology and operations specialist at Midwest Contract Operations. Topics covered in the podcast include introduction and orientation to wastewater microbiology evaluation including Next Generation DNA Sequencing, qPCR, and microscopic evaluation; identifying and interpreting microorganisms and their roles in wastewater processing; and tracking microbiology trends in system operations.

    Paul Campbell, PhD, may be contacted at https://www.asterbio.com/.

    Ryan Hennessy may be contacted at https://www.mco-us.com/wastewater-microbiology/.

    Podcast References from Wanda’s Water Tidbit: Skipping Stones on Water

    Discover Magazine, Cameron Walker and Jeff Wilson: The Physics of Skipping Stones

    Library of Congress: Everyday Mysteries, How Does a Stone “Skip” Across water?

    Wired YouTube Channel: Why It's Almost Impossible to Skip a Stone 89 Times

    • 46 min

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