Leaders Discuss Everything from Reuse to Communication to Financing in WEF Podcasts

February 24, 2019

Multimedia, WEF Resources & Efforts

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) “Words on Water” podcast series presents insights from leaders in the water sector. Stream online podcast episodes and download audio files on iTunes and the Android Words on Water app.

In recent episodes:

  • Gilbert Trejo, chief technical officer for El Paso (Texas) Water, discusses the utility’s direct potable reuse project, its long-running emphasis on diversifying its water resources portfolio, and a survey of customers’ willingness to drink reuse water.
  • John Gonzalez, communications manager at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, talks about how the utility uses its Twitter account @neorsd to educate and engage customers, the need to build trust with management to gain creative freedom on social media, and ways to maximize the effect of Twitter.
  • Angeliki Rigos, executive director of the Tata Center for Technology and Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge), explains the center’s focus on advancing disruptive technologies, underscores the need for water scientists to advocate for sustainability and work with other disciplines, and encourages women scientists to become leaders.
  • Jason He, editor-in-chief of the Water Environment Research (WER) journal, describes challenges in water research, the history and importance of WER, and changes to the journal.
  • Gary Belan, senior director at American Rivers (Washington, D.C.), and Janet Clements, senior water resource economist at Corona Environmental Consulting (Rockland, Mass.), discuss Stormwater Currency, an effort with WEF to develop private financing options for green infrastructure that will work with utilities in Michigan to develop a stormwater credit trading program and the goal to scale the program beyond the Great Lakes Region.
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