Utility of the Future, Workforce, and Infrastructure Covered in Words on Water

May 27, 2018


The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Words on Water podcast series showcases insight from various water-sector thought leaders. Stream podcast episodes online and download audio files on iTunes and the Android Words on Water app.

In recent episodes

  • Karen Pallansch, CEO of Alexandria (Va.) Renew Enterprises, discusses how wastewater treatment facilities are transforming into Utilities of the Future and the activities that helped Alexandria Renew become recognized by WEF’s Utility of the Future Today program;
  • Joe Kane, senior research associate and associate fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C.), shares findings from his research on water-use patterns in the U.S. as well as insight into stormwater utilities offering resilient options for communities, opportunities offered by infrastructure jobs, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act;
  • Abigail Gardner, communications adviser for the Value of Water Campaign and communications director for the U.S. Water Alliance (Washington, D.C.), talks about the results of a public opinion poll that found 88% of voters support investment to rebuild water infrastructure in the U.S. and changes in the public’s priorities for wastewater treatment; and
  • Ingrid Bella, chair of Baywork, a consortium of water utilities in the San Francisco Bay Area, explains the origins of the organization, its focus on showcasing water sector jobs, and the resources it provides to help utilities address workforce challenges.
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