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🎧 LISTEN to this new podcast with Greta Zornes of CDMSmith, who discusses what makes potable reuse projects different and the current path for expansion of potable reuse, including why communities are undertaking projects and the role of regulations.

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🎧 In this episode of Words of Water, Episode #230 listen to Tshoganetso Masunga, Data Analyst with Sarep, talking about her work in water and sanitation in Botswana and her fellowship at WEF, including what she learned, the WEFTEC experience, and what she will carry back to her work in Africa. 

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 🎧 In this podcast episode with Radhika Fox, Administrative Administrator for Water at EPA, discusses a variety of issues that EPA is working on including: infrastructure funding, water affordability, PFAS, and biosolids. This podcast is sponsored by Teledyne.

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🎧 Listen to this podcast with John Dyson of AquaAerobic, who discusses new approaches and solutions for utilities in addressing the challenges of wet weather, including the role of technology, meeting permit requirements, and what lies ahead.

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🎧 Listen to this new podcast episode #227, with Lt Col Dale Kooyenga.  In this episode, Lt Col Dale Kooyenga discusses a new initiative to recruit water professionals to serve in the Army Reserve, why water professionals are an excellent fit, and benefits of serving.

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🎧 Listen to this podcast interview with new WEF President Ifetayo Venner, who discusses her journey in water, from her time growing up in the Caribbean to her work for Arcadis. Ifetayo also talks about WEF’s direction under its new strategic plan.

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🎧 Listen to Wayne White, Vice President of Kimley-Horn, and Ted Merrell, Vice President of Merrell Bros discuss how management of biosolids has changed over the years and how the impact of technology has changed biosolids management and differences across geographic regions of the U.S.

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🎧 Jose Velazquez is a Senior Wastewater Consultant with AE2S and Chair of the Task Force that developed the new Manual of Practice (MOP) – Planning, Design, and Implementation for New and Upgraded Water Resource Recovery Facilities. In this episode, Jose discusses how MOP serves as a guidance document to help utility managers and others, such as city engineers, public works directors, regulators, and contractors, navigate this process. It includes sections on how to procure an engineer, how do develop a scope of service for the facility plan, how to evaluate engineering proposals, how to make an informed decision on moving to more complex facilities, how to evaluate and select different project delivery methods, how to interact with the engineer during each phase, and a variety of other topics. 

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In this episode of Words on Water Episode 222, Chris Rich, Executive Director of the U.S. Water Partnership, discusses the Water Smart Engagements (WiSE) Program that pairs five ASEAN Smart Cities Network cities with U.S. cities, water districts, and utilities for collective capacity building and innovative technology familiarization. He explains that the purpose is to increase water security in ASEAN partner cities through sustainable water management solutions, establish long-term relationships between ASEAN and U.S. utilities to foster communication and build capacity, to increase the exchange of services, goods, science, and technology. 

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🎧 In this episode of Words of Water episode #217, Jane Madden, Senior Vice President of CDM Smith, talks about various aspects of #PFAS including ways to manage the chemicals at #water facilities, their presence in #biosolids, and gaps in #research that need to be filled.

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Anna Mehrotra, Director of the Wastewater Surveillance Program at WEF, and Carley Truyens in this episode explain how WEF is inviting applications from small utilities interested in receiving free automatic wastewater samplers to help expand participation in wastewater surveillance programs. The use of autosamplers is also discussed with Aaron Anson of Hach and Kaushal Trivedi of Teledyne ISCO, who were selected through a competitive Request for Proposal process to supply autosamplers as part of this program.

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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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In this episode of Words of Water episode 217, Mark Poling discusses a variety of WEF programs including WISE (Water Intrapreneurs for Successful Enterprises) and the Intelligent Water Systems Challenge. 

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🎧 In this week's podcast episode of Words on Water Charlie Stevens, Utilities Operations Officer at KC Water, talks about Congress providing infrastructure funding and the need to further continue to speak to legislators about appropriations and policy under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. He also explains the benefits of participating in Water Week in D.C. 

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🎧 In this week's podcast episode of Words on Water listen to Abhijeet Jain, Vice President of Atlas Copco USA, discuss current trends in the operations, efficiency, and suitability of water pumps.

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