WATER TALK

Presidential Priorities At The Water Environment Federation
Presidential Priorities At The Water Environment Federation As the new president of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), Tom Kunetz has assumed a large responsibility at a critical time in the water industry. In this Water Talk interview, Kunetz discusses his priorities as president and reveals exciting developments for the organization and the industry at large.  Continue Reading...
WEF Confronts Water Industry Challenges
WEF Confronts Water Industry Challenges Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), joined Water Talk from WEFTEC — the world's largest annual water quality event — to discuss WEF initiatives, the state of the water/wastewater industry, and challenges and opportunities for the future.  Continue Reading...
Stormwater Management In The Digital Age
Stormwater Management In The Digital Age On the heels of an important paper on utilizing Big Data to more effectively manage stormwater assets, Mark VanAuken, Stormwater Practice Leader, and Fernando Pasquel, National Director of Stormwater and Watershed Management, both of Arcadis, joined Water Talk to discuss the findings.  Continue Reading...
Coming Around To Big Data
Coming Around To Big Data Big Data is on the minds and lips of many water system managers, but how many utilities are actually utilizing it? Jason Carter, the Water Utility Innovation Leader at Arcadis, notes that the water industry is a bit behind, but he also sees a clear path forward — one where Big Data plays a central role in operations and, consequently, newfound efficiencies.  Continue Reading...
Ways To Reduce Costs And Recover Resources
Ways To Reduce Costs And Recover Resources Jeff Garner, Senior Vice President with MWH Constructors, covers a lot of area in this Water Talk interview, which focuses on alternative project delivery models (particularly the construction manager at-risk (CMAR) approach), the water-energy-food nexus, and the thermal hydrolysis process (THP) for on-site energy generation.  Continue Reading...
A Fresh Look At Membrane Bioreactors
A Fresh Look At Membrane Bioreactors Membrane bioreactors (MBRs) are not new, but they are the subject of renewed interest among utilities, and for Carollo Engineers Vice President Andrew Gilmore. He sat down with Water Talk's Todd Schnick and Kevin Westerling to discuss the MBR renaissance and the reason for their rise in popularity.  Continue Reading...
Calculating The Cost Of Water Reuse
Calculating The Cost Of Water Reuse The adoption of water reuse can be unavoidable due to water scarcity, but it may also be a choice. And when it comes to choices, cost is usually a deciding factor. Gary Hunter, Senior Wastewater Process Engineer with Black & Veatch, helps make sense of the dollars required for recycled water schemes in this Water Talk interview.  Continue Reading...
Young Water Professionals Set To Make Waves
Young Water Professionals Set To Make Waves In this Water Talk interview, Steve Drangsholt, Northwest Infrastructure Sales Leader with Brown and Caldwell, discusses the value of organizations for a young professional (YP) in the water/wastewater industry.  Continue Reading...
The Sound Of Water Reuse
The Sound Of Water Reuse Want to hear some good news on water reuse? Listen to this Water Talk interview with Christina Brown, Director of Program Management at Brown and Caldwell, to learn about the EchoWater project, which will allow the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District — the largest inland discharger west of the Mississippi — to reuse half of their discharge while also reducing nitrogen loading into the Sacramento River.  Continue Reading...
Flexible Financing Through Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships
Flexible Financing Through Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships James Schlaman, Director of Water Resources at Black & Veatch, explains what community-based public-private partnerships (CBP3s) are (and what they aren't), how they work, and what makes them attractive — particularly for stormwater management improvements.  Continue Reading...