WEF Podcasts Explore Direct Potable Reuse, Smart Water, Conflict Resolution, Biogas, and Microbial Communities

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

Recent episodes include the following guests:

  • Jeff Prevatt, deputy director of Treatment, Research, and Innovation for Water Reclamation for Pima County, Ariz., shares his perspective on the future of direct potable reuse, the use of beer to raise public awareness, and research underway at the Water Energy & Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center.
  • Al Cho, vice president of Advanced Infrastructure Analytics at Xylem Inc. (Rye Brook, N.Y.), discusses the use of smart technologies in monitoring, assessing, and decision-making for water infrastructure.
  • Britt Sheinbaum, head of the Technology Approval Group East for Isle Utilities (London), shares her view of water conflict as an opportunity for cooperation, the role of water scarcity tensions in places like Syria, and cooperation found along trans-boundary waters.
  • John Willis, vice president of Wastewater Solutions at Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.), discusses biogas generation by the water sector and the opportunity to increase production — particularly for vehicle fuel — and the potential of anaerobic primary treatment to drive water utilities to net-zero status.
  • Mike McGill, president of WaterPIO (Hampstead, N.C.), discusses the presence of the chemical GenX in the Cape Fear River and drinking water of Wilmington, N.C., how utilities should approach crisis communications, and the importance of regular, proactive communications from utilities to customers and the media.
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