WEF Podcasts Examine Community Water Issues and Operator Resources

September 22, 2018

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:

  • Kishia Powell, commissioner of the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, talks about the utility’s new, $1 billion, 5-year capital improvement plan. She discusses the use of green infrastructure in the city, the importance of community involvement in the planning process, and the utility’s focus on equity across neighborhoods.
  • Sidney Innerebner, owner of Indigo Water Group (Littleton, Colo.) and a contributing author to the WEF book Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals I — Liquid Treatment, describes the publication, the resources it provides for operators, key features of the book, and the high standard of wastewater treatment it represents.
  • Manny Teodoro, associate professor at Texas A&M University (College Station), talks about the issue of water affordability and why the water sector must address the issue now, as well as more effective metrics than median household income to calculate what working-class households can afford.
  • Cathy Bailey, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works (Ohio), describes her rise from a chemist to the first woman and first African American to lead the utility in its 200-year history, as well as the utility’s effort to remove lead from water service lines.
  • Darryl Haddock, education director for the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and federal urban waters ambassador for Proctor Creek, explains how a community struggling with environmental justice issues came together to advocate for more desirable wastewater and stormwater solutions as well as the benefits of investing in urban waterways.
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