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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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Aaron Tartakovsky, CEO & Co-founder of Epic Cleantec, provides an outstanding overview of water reuse systems, their benefits and how centralized and decentralized components of a water system support and strengthen each other. In this session, you’ll learn about: Epic Cleantech’s origin story in the onsite water reuse space The policy background d…
 
Alan Tucker, Information Technology Program Manager with Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, provides a compelling case for collaboration in the utility technology space. In this session, you’ll learn about: Alan’s background and how he came to the water sector Alan’s thoughts on state of innovation and data usage in the water utility industry A…
 
Mike Sumner, the Director of Information Technology for the Consolidated Utility District of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, provides cybersecurity basics and tips. Mike entertains with his description of the Oldsmar, Florida, water utility cyberattack and its context occurring during Super Bowl week. In this session, you’ll learn about: Mike’s background…
 
Kendall Dix, National Policy Director for the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, comes on to discuss his recent article for the People’s Policy Center advocating for elimination of water rates. In this session, you’ll learn about: Kendall’s background Why Kendall wrote his article advocating for elimination of residential water rates Why residenti…
 
Katrina Donaghy, founder of Civic Ledger and Water Ledger and blockchain leader, comes on to discuss blockchain and how it can benefit the water sector. In this session, you’ll learn about: Katrina’s background in Australian disaster response and how it transitioned her into the utility space Katrina’s work in the “utility of the future” space……
 
Bryan Stubbs, the President and Executive Director of the Cleveland Water Alliance, provides a compelling case for the water tech model that embraces economic development while nestled along the shores of the Great Lakes where 21% of the world’s fresh surface water resided. In this session, you’ll learn about: Bryan’s entrepreneurial background in …
 
Iris Gonzales, Philippine Star reporter and columnist, provides an eye-opening discussion on water in the Philippines and the Manila water concessions. Iris also explains the impact of the recently enacted legislative franchises granted by the Filipino government. In this session, you’ll learn about: Iris’ coverage of water in the Philippines How t…
 
Robin Craig, the Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law at USC Gould School of Law and long-time water law professor, joins us to discuss the background, arguments and holding in Mississippi v. Tennessee, and provides some insights on what the case might mean for State water policy moving forward. In this session, you’ll learn about: Robin’s extens…
 
Christina Lundbäck provides a fascinating discussion of SurfCleaner and its applications to remove contaminants from water at wastewater treatment plants, industrial facilities, ports, harbors, and spills. In this session, you’ll learn about: What SurfCleaner is How the technology behind SurfCleaner was developed How SurfCleaner was developed based…
 
Water industry veteran and Association of State Drinking Administrators (ASDWA) Executive Director Alan Roberson discusses the big issues facing the water sector from a state regulatory perspective. Plus, Reese Tisdale joins us for a Bluefield on Tap segment. In this session, you’ll learn about: What ASDWA is ASDWA’s membership The priorities in 20…
 
An all-star panel of water leaders participate in a roundtable discussion about what happened in the year that was 2021 and provide insights on what 2022 might hold for the water sector. In this session, you’ll learn about: Each panelist’s takeaways from 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) funding issues Why the IIJA needs to be a “d…
 
Christoph Gorder, Chief Global Water Officer, blows us away with a deep dive on charity: water and its work. In this session, you’ll learn about: How Christoph transitioned from disaster relief to charity: water charity: water’s mission How charity: water’s unique structure helps it achieve success How charity: water overcame one of the unique fund…
 
Alyson Watson, CEO of Woodard & Curran, delivers a tour de force performance explaining why the water industry needs a fresh approach to delivering services and advocating for an outcome based contracting approach focused on trust and empathy. In this session, you’ll learn about: Alyson’s background as a “water brat” Alyson’s perspective on the pre…
 
Cameron was a civilian employee working on a U.S. Army base before moving to a military contractor. Cameron gives a terrific interview shining a light on water issues on military installations in this U.S. Army approved interview. In this session, you’ll learn about: Cameron’s background Why water is important to the armed forces Water needs and us…
 
James Eklund returns to The Water Values Podcast for a third time to provide an argument for why demand management is critical to the future of the Colorado River. In this session, you’ll learn about: What James has been up to since his last podcast appearance A brief history of the Colorado River Compact How the Upper Basin and Lower Basin came to…
 
Alison Adams, now Chief Technology Officer at INTERA, drove innovation at Tampa Bay Water when she helped pioneered Tampa Bay Water’s digital transformation. Alison provides firsthand knowledge about how to design a program for digital transformation, how to get employee buy in, and the benefits your utility will achieve along the way. Plus Reese T…
 
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: …
 
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 l…
 
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 is Why the Water Finance Exchange was founded How the Water Finance Exchange …
 
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…
 
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 sessio…
 
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 C…
 
Plutoshift CEO Prateek Joshi comes on to talk about digital transformation in the water sector. Prateek hits on a number of important and practical points in a wide-ranging discussion on data, AI, and machine learning in the water sector. In this session, you’ll learn about: Prateek’s background & how it influenced his arc into the water sector Wat…
 
Water entrepreneur (and new mom) Meena Sankaran discusses data collection and usage in the water sector. She provides fascinating perspectives on everything from driving the digital transformation to common data gaps to cybersecurity. Get ready for a terrific interview from Meena! In this session, you’ll learn about: Meena’s upbringing in India and…
 
Long-time water lawyer Scott Slater discusses the Cadiz water project and touches on everything from environmental issues to water equity to efficient use of infrastructure. Take a listen to gain a unique perspective on the development of a water project and how it impacts society in general. In this session, you’ll learn about: Scott’s long tenure…
 
Christine Boyle returns after 5 years and discusses her journey from 2015 start-up to 2018 sale. She provides hints and valuable insights for start-ups to make it through the “valley of death” and much more. Plus, Bluefield Research’s President, Reese Tisdale, joins us for another Bluefield on Tap segment talking about President Biden’s infrastruct…
 
Patrick Regan provides a broad and deep discussion of water’s place in the power industry. This interview was recorded prior to the Texas disaster, but Patrick’s insights provide a glimpse into the role water played in Texas’ recent power issues. Take this opportunity to listen in on this important but oftentimes hidden aspect of water in our lives…
 
Welcome Ramboll’s Bryan Arndt who discusses innovation in the wastewater space and details the importance of microscopy in wastewater treatment plant operations. Bryan also explains his innovation, Opseyes, that reduces microscopy reads from a 3 day turnaround time to less than 10 minutes. Plus, Reese Tisdale from Bluefield Research joins us for an…
 
Jennifer Walker, the Deputy Director for the National Wildlife Federation’s Texas Coast and Water Program, provides a terrific discussion about urban water planning through a One Water lens and focuses on the connection between One Water and healthy waterways. It’s a great listen for those interested in their community’s water resources! In this se…
 
Clara Nagy McBane provides a top shelf interview discussing SOURCE’s distributed water solution. Clara does a terrific job describing SOURCE’s technology in an accessible way for the non-technical among us. Plus, Reese Tisdale provides an update on the Biden administration’s action on the lead and copper rule on our Bluefield on Tap segment. Take a…
 
LatAm water veteran Shimon Constante provides great insights into the LatAm water markets, their history, and how they developed. Shimon also focuses on and explains the recent Brazilian water legislation and the opportunities it presents for investors. Tune in to hear a fascinating discussion of LatAm water! In this session, you’ll learn about: Br…
 
Sam Schatz of AeroFarms pulls back the curtain on water use in vertical farming. Sam discusses water quality issues, filtration, conservation, and crop water intensity, among other issues. Sam also delves into other considerations in vertical farming, including energy and other factors. Plus, Reese Tisdale from Bluefield Research provides his look …
 
An all-star panel of water experts discusses what happened with water in 2020 and provides a glimpse into what they expect 2021 will look like. Cathy Bailey, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Department of Waterworks, Al Cho, Vice President and General Manager at Xylem, and Debra Coy, Executive in Residence at XPV Water Partners, collabo…
 
Alan Heymann returns as a guest in a different role. Alan launched Peaceful Direction where he provides executive coaching services. During this interview, Alan makes the case that coaching can benefit water leaders, especially with all the uncertainty in the world today. In this session, you’ll learn about: Why Alan left the water sector to become…
 
Kristina Ribellia is a water entrepreneur who identified a need and created the solution. Take a listen to her interview explaining how she came to the water sector, recognized a need, and built the solution. In this session, you’ll learn about: Kristina’s background How Kristina’s time in the water sector allowed her to recognize the need for a mo…
 
Ari Goldfarb, the CEO of Kando, discusses the use of data in wastewater treatment. By harvesting data on wastewater quality, wastewater treatment systems can be operated and managed more efficiently. In this session, you’ll learn about: The background on Kando How data on wastewater quality improves the treatment process How measuring data helps ch…
 
Kim Baker, Director of Innovation, Water, at Elemental Excelerator, pulls back the curtain on fostering innovation in the water and other climate verticals at Elemental Excelerator. Kim nimbly moves from topic to topic and illustrates how water innovators can be even more powerful when partnering with other climate innovators. In this session, you’…
 
Chris Moody, a lead on the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) PFAS team, provides a wide-ranging interview on PFAS. Chris succinctly describes the background on PFAS all the way through its existing regulatory status and what comes next. In this session, you’ll learn about: The background on PFAS Common uses for PFAS The regulatory framework…
 
WaterSmart Software’s Dana Haasz provides a riveting discussion of how WaterSmart Software has evolved over the last six years. Dana has held a wide variety of roles in the water sector, and that experience shines through in this terrific interview. In this session, you’ll learn about: How utilities shifted their conservation efforts from a custome…
 
Jim Schlaman, Black & Veatch’s Director of Planning and Water Resources, provides a fascinating peek behind the curtain on the latest thinking on climate change planning and adaptation. In this session, you’ll learn about: The current state of climate change adaption and resilience planning Why climate change planning is not a theoretical conversat…
 
Rich Razgaitis, founder of FloWater, details his mission to eliminate single-use plastics and drive consumers back to the tap for their drinking water. In this session, you’ll learn about: How Rich’s background in pharmaceuticals influenced his career arc from delivering treatment to proactively engaging in prevention in the health and wellness spa…
 
Kathryn Sorensen, Director of Phoenix Water, provides a riveting discussion of water equity in Phoenix, including rate design and customer base considerations, and she also describes an innovative water storage and sharing arrangement between Phoenix and Tuscon. Plus, Reese Tisdale of Bluefield Research comes on for another Bluefield on Tap segment…
 
Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director of WaterNow Alliance, provides a great and energetic interview discussing WaterNow Alliance and its new program Tap Into Resilience. Cynthia’s reservoir of knowledge shines in this great interview that has something for everyone. Plus, Eric Bindler of Bluefield Research comes on for another Bluefield on Tap segme…
 
David Duncan of Smart Earth Technologies provides a fascinating discussion of pre-paid water and the multitude of benefits it can offer utilities. You’ll never think about pre-paid water the same after hearing this riveting interview. In this session, you’ll learn about: Dave’s background in technology and utility deployment of technology How pre-p…
 
Waterworks Fund CEO Lon Johnson relates his vision of creating a network of water investors and crowdfunding for water projects. Lon describes crowdfunding eligibility for project types, investment types and limitations, and much more in this great interview! Plus, Reese Tisdale joins us for another Bluefield on Tap segment where he identifies a un…
 
Jim Williams, the sitting AWWA President, provides an illuminating interview on the utility response to COVID-19 and what the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be. Jim addresses the basics for how utilities have responded to the pandemic, and also dives into federal legislative efforts, financial fallout and much more in a great inter…
 
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