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Andy Kricun is Managing Director at Moonshot Missions and a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Water Alliance. In this episode, Andy discusses a compendium of 21 case studies on how water utilities improved workforces through educational programs and internships, recruitment practices, employee optimization, and transfer of institutional knowledge. 

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Listen to Mike Martin of Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and Zonetta English of Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District discuss issues in water utility management including data, workforce development, diversity, affordability, and PFAS. They also share how their utilities are tackling these areas.

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Bailey is the executive director of Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Hayman is the commissioner and CEO of the Philadelphia Water Department, and Parrott is CEO of Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District. In this episode they talk candidly about their experiences as Black Americans working in the water sector and reaching the level of utility executive, including sharing examples of discrimination and racism they encountered along the way. 

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Art Umble, chairman WEF's Blue-Ribbon Panel on Biological Hazards and Precautions for Wastewater Workers, discusses the panel’s conclusions that occupational risk of infection is low, standard wastewater treatment processes inactivate the virus, and additional research should be conducted to further increase understanding of hazards and protections for personnel. 

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In this episode, they discuss how WEF has responded to the calls for equity for black Americans and the work of WEF’s Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Nikita and Stephen talk about their experiences as Black Americans working in the water sector and how WEF can improve diversity and equity for its members and volunteers.

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Rick Warner, a past president of the Water Environment Federation, discusses how during his tenure in WEF leadership he emphasized the concept of partnering for impact, which included the documentary film Brave Blue World as an outcome. 

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Paul Freedman is a past president of the Water Environment Federation and co-founder, president, and CEO of LimnoTech. In this episode Paul talks about using strategic planning to guide WEF through the financial challenges of the 2008 recession and how those lessons can be applied during the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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In this episode Dr. Sanderson describes his academic and professional background, and explains his interest in serving as WEF’s Chief Medical Officer and how he will focus on the health and safety of the water workforce. 

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Jeanette Brown is a past president of the Water Environment Federation and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College. In this episode Jeanette discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted personal communication

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Listen as Cordell Samuels, a Past President of the Water Environment Federation and retired Plant Superintendent at the Region of Durham in Ontario, Canada, reflects on his experiences as WEF President and a water professional about dealing with sudden change and the importance of communcation and understanding, especially in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. This podcast is the first of a new series of the Words On Water podcast called Take It From the Top and is hosted by Tom Kunetz.

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This the second in a series of roundtable discussions WEF is convening with leaders from across the water sector to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting operations, business, and people. The conversations are hosted by WEF Executive Director Walt Marlowe and explore current impacts, anticipated changes, and future plans in areas such as workforce, productivity, supply chain, projects, communication, and more. The guests for this episode are Kishia Powell, Commissioner for the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management; Paul Vogel, Principal and President of Greeley and Hansen; and Neil McAdam, Senior Vice President at World Water Works.

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Ed Holmes is the Director of Technical Training for DN Tanks. In this episode Ed discusses bringing students and young professionals into a company in a way that provides them with well-rounded development and integration into day-to-day activities. He shares his perspective on the strengths, interests, and motivations of today’s young professionals, and how they benefit a business. 

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WEF is convening a series of roundtable discussions with leaders from across the water sector to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting operations, business, and people. The conversations are hosted by WEF Executive Director Walt Marlowe and explore current impacts, anticipated changes, and future plans in areas such as workforce, productivity, supply chain, projects, communication, and more.

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During the coronavirus pandemic, water and wastewater utilities are essential for delivery of clean water and sanitation during the response. Ensuring those services during a pandemic while protecting human health and the environment requires strong leadership. This episode provides insights into key considerations for decision-makers and operational staff on the frontlines. This episode is the audio from a Water Environment Federation webcast.

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Ted Corrigan is interim CEO and General Manager and Kyle Danley is Director of Water Production at Des Moines Water Works. In this episode Ted and Kyle explain how the utility responded to coronavirus by activating a long-standing response plan and having essential staff shelter-in-place at its three treatment facilities. They discuss how 20 employees will stay onsite for two week rotations, working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week to provide clean water and sanitation for 500,000 people in central Iowa. Ted and Kyle say the staff understand they are serving in a public health role and helping their community, and that support is strong from external staff, the utility’s board, and the union.

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