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Antoine Walter is Senior Business Development Manager of GF Piping Systems. In this episode, Antoine discusses the unique perspective on trends that a piping systems company has on the water industry. He talks about trends in upgrading facilities, onsite reuse and decentralized systems, and sensors and data, as well as how a manufacturer supports changes in these areas. 

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🎧 LISTEN to Shalene Thomas of Wood discuss the meaning of One Water and how it promotes the value of all water. She explains how One Water can be a framework for increased collaboration, including among a variety of stakeholders in a community. Shalene also talks about using One Water as an approach for managing emerging contaminants and for planning for a sustainable water future.

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🎧 LISTEN to Steve Dye provide a briefing on the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, including a breakdown of the $51 billion for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. Steve also talks about the important role of WEF members in the historic investment.

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🎧 Listen to Jamie Eichenberger, President of the WEF Board of Trustees, discuss his background in water, journey as a WEF member, importance of students and young professionals, and this year’s priorities for the WEF Board of Trustees, which includes crafting a new strategic plan. 

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🎧 LISTEN to Melody White of Hach discuss the state of #water reuse, including the continued increase in projects, how population growth and drought are driving the practice, barriers of cost and public acceptance, and advancing the science and technology.

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Shea Dunifon is the Education Coordinator for Pinellas County in Florida. In this episode, hosted by Mel Butcher, Shea says that municipalities can shift the paradigm in how they think about engaging the public, especially younger generations. She explains creating teaching materials to accommodate multiple grade levels as well as schools with varying levels of resources because accessibility is an important pillar in her values. Shea talks about creating more informed citizens and filling the water industry’s talent pipeline of the future.

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Listen to a podcast about UNLEASH, a global innovation lab that gathers top talents to collaborate to help meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and UNLEASH Hacks USA, which in 2021 focused on devising solutions for sanitation problems in Alabama’s Black Belt region.

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LISTEN to Paul Bowen Paul say the best way to be prepared for the future is strategic planning, an activity in which he participated at both WEF and Coca-Cola. He discusses the need to include risk assessment and risk mitigation in the planning process to lessen the negative impacts of future obstacles. Paul also talks about the importance of debriefings after activities and events, not just to identify what went wrong but additionally what went right.

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In this episode of WEF’s Words On Water podcast, Dave and Lindsey discuss a preliminary class action lawsuit settlement between the Charleston Water System and wipes manufacturer Kimberly-Clark that could affect any entity that owned and/or operated wastewater conveyance and treatment systems since January 6, 2018. 

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In this episode of WEF’s Words On Water podcast, Lauren discusses the new Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program, which was established by Congress and has initially provided $166.6 million in grants to help ratepayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay drinking water and wastewater utility bills.

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In this episode of WEF’s Words On Water podcast, Chris Hunniford and Mark Perkins discuss a variety of trends in odors including challenges with getting new facilities permitted, the patchwork of regulations across the country, and the continued rise of data, sensors, and other technology. They also talk about the agenda and highlights at WEF’s upcoming Odors and Air Pollutants Conference.

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🎧LISTEN to Kevin Marsh of Middlesex County Utilities Authority talk about their overall approach to cybersecurity, challenges from the size & diversity of a large utility, & approaching OT vs IT in this podcast episode brought to you by @Bayshorenet

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🎧 LISTEN to Joakim Harlin and Kilian Christ talk about the work of @UN_Water, why @WEForg is an official partner, and progress toward #SDG6 in this special #podcast episode for #WorldWaterDay.

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🎧LISTEN to Mark Doneux of @CapitolRegionWD discuss opening an office facility with a rainwater reuse system, a new outreach program that engages the public in green infrastructure, and a grant program to subsidize decentralized #stormwater infrastructure.

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🎧LISTEN to Joanne Carpenter of CHEMetrics and Katie Bell of Brown and Caldwell discuss the rising potential of peracetic acid in disinfection at water resource recovery facilities and its position as a viable alternative to chlorine and UV.

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