Words on Water Podcasts Explore Water Sector Topics

December 22, 2017

Multimedia, WEF Resources & Efforts

Words on Water LogoThe Words on Water podcast series showcases perspectives of prominent, influential, and interesting water sector professionals. Take interviews with you anywhere by listening online or downloading audio files from the website, as well as through iTunes or the Words on Water app on Android devices.

Episodes in the series feature

  • Kevin Shafer, executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, discussing the “one water” concept, Milwaukee’s focus on green infrastructure and research, and brewing beer with reclaimed wastewater;
  • George Hawkins, CEO and general manager of DC Water (Washington, D.C.), talking about cutting-edge treatment processes at Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, the importance of public communication, and his decision to step down at the end of the year;
  • Rudy Chow, director of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works, sharing insight into workforce challenges, building interest in water careers and developing employees in Baltimore, and the role water can play in economic growth;
  • Philippe Cousteau, co-founder and president of EarthEcho International (Washington, D.C.), describing the importance of youth education, the impacts of water infrastructure around the world, and pressures of climate change on water resources;
  • a discussion of Imagine A Day Without Water, featuring various members of the public sharing their connections to water and infrastructure;
  • Jenny Hartfelder, president of the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Board of Trustees and vice president/national campaign manager for Stantec (Edmonton, Canada), outlining the importance of mentorship, the need to build a diverse workforce, the rising number of women in engineering, and priorities for WEF during the next year; and
  • Matt Ries, chief of Water Quality and Watershed Management at DC Water, explaining the meaning of sustainability, how big data is changing the water sector, and the shift to resource recovery by water treatment facilities.
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