How Adionics Took a Bold Stand in the Competitive DLE Landscape

Featured - Gabriel Toffani - Adionics - The Game Changing DLE Leveraging Solvent Extraction

Imagine transforming the way we extract one of the most critical elements for our green futureโ€”lithium. This is where Adionics’ cutting-edge advancements and strategic pivots could reveal the company to be a game-changer in the Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) market.

Wanna learn more? Let’s dive into it:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Gabriel Toffani – CEO at Adionics

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How Aquaporin Channels Reverse and Forward Osmosis Together for Growth

Featured - Matt Boczkowski - Aquaporin - The Rockstar Water Tech Company rooted in Nobel Prize-awarded research

Imagine harnessing the power of nature to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: water scarcity. That’s exactly what Aquaporin is doing with its groundbreaking technology. By mimicking the natural process of water transport in cells, Aquaporin is not only changing the game in water treatment but also setting new standards for… water entrepreneurship!

Wanna find more about one of the water sector’s Rockstars? Let’s explore Aquaporin’s path:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Matt Boczkowski – CEO at Aquaporin

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How Ionic Solutions Trades High Pressure for High Efficiency in Desalination

Featured - Jordan Grose - Ionic Solutions - The greenest most sutainable desalination technology

Desalination has always been synonymous with high energy consumption and significant operational costs, but what if there was a way to make it more efficient and sustainable? Enter Ionic Solutions, a company that aims to revolutionize the desalination industry with its cutting-edge technology.

Let’s explore it:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Jordan Grose – Vice-President of Commercialization at Ionic Solutions

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How to End Bullshit and Measure your Water Stewardship Commitments Right

Featured - Lauren Enright - SCS Global - The First Water Stewardship Standard

Water stewardship is a buzzword that’s often thrown around in corporate boardrooms and environmental conferences, but what does it truly mean? And more importantly, how do we ensure that companies’ commitments to water sustainability are not just empty promises? Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of water stewardship, the necessity of standards, and how to measure real impact:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Lauren Enright – Program Manager Water Services @ SCS Global Services

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How 120Water Profitably Multiplied Its Customer Base by 50 in 4 Years

Featured - Megan Glover - 120Water - Multiplying Customer base by 50 for the US Lead Inventory Champion

When Megan Glover co-founded 120Water in 2016, she was driven by a personal mission sparked by the Flint water crisis. As a concerned consumer and a seasoned marketing executive, she saw a glaring gap in the accessibility of water quality testing for everyday people. Fast forward to 2024, and 120Water has transformed from a consumer-focused startup to a robust B2B company, scaling its customer base by 50 times in just four years!

This incredible journey is a testament to strategic pivots, innovative solutions, and a relentless focus on customer needs, let’s explore it:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Megan Glover, CEO & Co-Founder at 120Water

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How Salinity Solutions Squeezes More Water out of Any Stream for Half the Energy

Featured - Tim Naughton - Salinity Solutions - Next Generation Reverse Osmosis

Ok, water scarcity and pollution are two of the biggest challenges our world faces today, right? So imagine a technology that could dramatically reduce energy consumption, cut water rejection, and make water reuse and resource recovery simpler and cheaper. Too niche? Too good to be true? Well, we should probably look at Salinity Solutions. Let’s dig in!

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Tim Naughton – CTO and Founder of Salinity Solutions

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The Economic Fiasco Behind the Global Water Crisis

Special - Global Water Crisis - World Bank Update

Why is theย worldย struggling to solve the water crisis when the solution seems so simple? Humanity spends $153.2 Billion on Water everyย Year, yet byย 2030ย water demand is expected to exceed supply by 40%, 2.1 Billion people still don’t have access to safe drinking water, and just a little less than half of our wastewater is dumped to … Read more

How Oxyle Destroys PFAS with the Energy You’d Actually Waste

Featured - Fajer Mushtaq - Oxyle - PFAS Destruction That doesn't break the bank

Yes I know, we just entered the PFAS removal age, so why already looking on the horizon? Well, removal is great if we stop drinking PFAS. But if the concentrated waste stream goes to landfills (and pollutes soils) or gets burnt and sent to the atmosphere, where’s the win? We’ll inevitably enter the age of PFAS destruction down the line. And you know what, it might even be a profitable move!

Let’s explore it:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Fajer Mushtaq – CEO & Co-Founder at Oxyle

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How Swirltex Nearly Crushed Its Founder Before Taking Off

Featured2 - Peter Christou - Swirltex - Membranes that succeed where all others fail

Peter Christou had a water membrane epiphany in his garage in Edmonton. But a terrible timing and some financial difficulties of one of his investors basically turned him… homeless, and in the need to steal food to survive. As Swirltex has since soared and proved its worth, let’s explore the full story:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Peter Christou – President & Founder at Swirltex

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How SimpleLab Turned an Arsenic Removal Failure into a Lab Logistics Success

In the challenging yet ever-evolving world of water tech startups, sometimes what seems like a failure can pivot into a tremendous success story! Such is the tale of SimpleLab, who initially embarked on a mission to remove arsenic from drinking water, only to discover their true calling in revolutionizing lab logistics. Let’s explore it:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Johnny Pujol – CEO & Co-Founder of SimpleLab & TapScore

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How Aqua Membranes Prints Three Dimensional Benefits for Mesh Addicts

Featured - Craig Beckman - Aqua Membranes - Spacers to enhance the performance of reverse osmosis membranes

In the intricate Water Tech World we explore every week, Aqua Membranes has emerged as a pioneer, fundamentally altering how spiral wound membranes are constructed by replacing traditional netting spacers with innovative printed spacer technology. This seemingly simple switch carries profound implications not only for the efficiency and sustainability of water purification systems but also for the businesses and environments they serve.

Let’s explore it:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Craig Beckman – CEO at Aqua Membranes

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How Aclarity Bootstrapped its Journey from B2C to PFAS Destruction

Featured - Julie Bliss Mullen - Aclarity - PFAS Removal-MP3 pour la diffusion de podcasts audio

In the landscape of environmental innovation, where necessity drives invention, Aclarity stands as a beacon of progress, particularly in the battle against per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This formidable challenge, rooted deeply in the domain of water purification, found a formidable adversary in Aclarityโ€”a company that pivoted from consumer-focused solutions to spearheading advancements in PFAS destruction technology. At the helm of this transformative journey is Julie Bliss Mullen, a visionary CEO and founder, whose insights and leadership have steered Aclarity through its evolutionary path from B2C to a leader in the environmental sector’s fight against PFAS.

No wonder I wanted to get my insights straight from her, hence let’s explore PFAS destruction:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Julie Bliss Mullen – CEO & Founder at Aclarity

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An Unpopular & Challenging (yet True?) Take on Venture Capital in Water

Featured - Brian Iversen - Cimbria Capital - Why Venture Capital is Failing in Water

Venture capital (VC) has been the lifeblood of innovation across many sectors, propelling startups from garage projects to global giants. Yet, in the nuanced and critical sector of water and water technology, VC’s role is both celebrated and scrutinized. We’ve often covered here the VC’s point of view, let’s look at the other side of the coin today:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Brian Iversen – Founder & Managing Partner @ Cimbria Capital

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How to Improve Water Resilience with Israel’s National Water Company

Featured - Yossi Yaacoby - Water Resilience - Israel National Water Company

In today’s rapidly changing environment, water resilience has emerged as a critical aspect of sustainable development and disaster preparedness. The frequency of natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and droughts underscores the importance of ensuring that water utilities can withstand and quickly recover from such events. This imperative is not just about managing a precious resource but also about safeguarding public health, supporting economies, and protecting ecosystems.

Against this backdrop, Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, stands out as a beacon of innovation and resilience. With a comprehensive approach to water resource management, Mekorot ensures the continuous supply of safe, high-quality water, even in the face of adversity.

The company’s efforts align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG6, which aims for the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, and SDG11, which focuses on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

Mekorot’s success story is not just about its technological prowess but also about its commitment to resilience, sustainability, and global cooperation, let’s explore it:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Yossi Yaacoby – Vice-President of Engineering at Mekorot

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How to Overcome the 6 Water Crises Ahead. The Rise of Small Scale Solutions?

Featured - David Sedlak - Water for All

In “Water For All” David Sedlak offers a compelling exploration of the multifaceted water crises facing our world today. At a time when pessimism could easily take hold, Sedlak encourages a different viewโ€”one of optimism and innovative problem-solving.

Through a detailed examination of past and present water crises, he provides a roadmap for overcoming the challenges posed by water scarcity, pollution, and climate change. As I wanted to dive deeper into Sedlak’s insights, focusing on how small-scale solutions could be the key to securing water for all in a rapidly changing world, I sat down with him on the mic. Here’s the result:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ David Sedlak – Professor at UC Berkeley & Author of Water 4.0 and Water for All

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The Doโ€™s and Donโ€™ts of Rural Water Supply 100 Days after MrBeast’s Big Splash

Featured - Sean Furey - Kerstin Danert - Water Development3

In the wake of MrBeast’s impactful 100 Wells initiative, the spotlight has turned towards the critical issue of water development in rural areas, especially within the challenging landscapes of sub-Saharan Africa. While such high-profile projects ignite conversations and inspire action, understanding the complexities of providing clean, sustainable water supplies demands a deeper dive.

Enter experts like Sean Furey and Kerstin Danert, whose experiences and insights offer invaluable lessons in navigating the multifaceted challenges of rural water supply. let’s explore the essential doโ€™s and donโ€™ts in the realm of water development, paving the way for more effective and lasting solutions.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Kerstin Danert – Founder & Director @ Ask for Water

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Sean Furey – Director @ Rural Water Supply Network

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The Secret Formula for Profit in Water Tech Venture Capital

Featured - Tom Ferguson - Burnt Island Ventures

Venture Capital has long been said to not be a fit with Water endeavors. As the water sector is deemed to be conservative, success stories in water entrepreneurship were thought to be unpredictable and irrational, hence impossible to invest in. Yet, with the rise of specialized funds such as Burnt Island Ventures, all these preconceptions may well be proven wrong.

In 2022, Tom Ferguson closed Burnt Island Venture’s first fund, with the thesis to find, fund and support the best water entrepreneurs. Did he succeed in these endeavors? Why? What’s the secret sauce? What can you replicate in your investing or entrepreneurship path?

Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Tom Ferguson – Founder & Managing Partner @ Burnt Island Ventures

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Micro-Dosed Lithium: Tap Water’s Health Hack?

Featured - Antoine Walter - Sudhir Gadh - Micro-Dosed Lithium - Third Element Water

Let me write that sentence I hate: water is essential for life. But beyond hydration, what if it also played a crucial role in enhancing public health? That’s the promise of micro-dosed lithium. This trace mineral, we usually associate with mining for the battery supply chain, is now being spotlighted for its potential health benefits when present in tap water.

Research suggests that areas with naturally higher levels of lithium in water might see notable reductions in suicide rates, violent crime, and even Alzheimer’s disease. In other words, it could turn a simple, everyday act of drinking water into a key to not just physical, but also mental well-being.

Let’s explore the evidence and implications of adding micro-dosed lithium to tap water and how it could represent a groundbreaking approach to public health.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Sudhir Gadh โ€“ CEO & Founder @ Third Element Water

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Big Data, Deeper Insights: Crafting Smarter Water Strategies

Featured - Big Data Deeper Insights Crafting Smarter Water Strategies - Kimberly Nelson - True Elements

In an era where technology seamlessly blends with daily life, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are not just buzzwords but pivotal tools reshaping industries. The water sector, the critical component of our environmental ecosystem you know so well, is no exception.

At the forefront of this technological revolution is True Elements, a company that’s introducing the concept of “water intelligence” by leveraging the power of AI. So today, let’s dive into how AI and machine learning are not just modernizing but revolutionizing water management strategies, providing deeper insights and smarter solutions for a sustainable future. As Kimberly Nelson tells in today’s release of the podcast (you’ll find just here โฌ‡๏ธ): “We are just at the beginning of people starting to appreciate and understand the importance of this kind of information and intelligence.”

Let’s dive deeper…

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Kimberly Nelson – COO @ True Elements

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The Economic Incentives of the Water Reuse Revolution

Featured - Water Reuse Revolution to solve growing Water Scarcity and Infrastructure Challenges - Aaron Tartakovsky - Epic Cleantec

In the face of escalating water scarcity and the pressing demand for sustainable solutions, the concept of water reuse has surged from a niche environmental concern to a central economic opportunity. No longer just a conversation about conservation, water reuse has evolved into a narrative of smart economics, where the value of reprocessed water is recognized not just in terms of environmental benefits, but also in cold, hard cash.

So why is this shift happening now? As industries, municipalities, and agricultural enterprises grapple with the financial burden of water acquisition and the risks of unpredictable supply, water reuse stands out as a beacon of efficiency and reliability. The economic incentives of the water reuse revolution are becoming too potent to ignore, promising not only cost savings but also a competitive edge.

After the social dynamics of water reuse earlier this (special) week, today we dive into the economics of water reuse, uncovering the incentives that are driving its adoption at an accelerating pace. We’ll explore how this revolution is not just sustaining the environment but also swelling the wallets of those who have the foresight to invest in it.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Aaron Tartakovsky – CEO & Co-Founder @ Epic Cleantec

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Beyond Technology: The Social Dynamics of Water Reuse

Featured - Fostering Political Will and Public Acceptance to develop Water Reuse - Austin Alexander - Xylem

In an era where water scarcity is becoming an increasingly pressing issue, the concept of water reuse should emerge as a beacon of hope. But while technological advancements have made water reuse a feasible solution, there’s a critical aspect that often goes overlooked – the social dynamics influencing its adoption.

Today, we’re looking at water reuse, not from a technological standpoint, but through the lens of societal, policy, and human behavior factors that play a pivotal role in its implementation and acceptance.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Austin Alexander – Vice President, Sustainability and Social Impact at Xylem

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A Flow of Opportunities: The Unseen Potential in Water Careers

Featured - A Flow of Opportunities- The Unseen Potential in Water Careers - Veolia - Kendra Morris

Let’s face it: water is often taken for granted. Yet, behind every drop of clean and accessible water is an intricate network of water professionals dedicated to its management and preservation. The water industry, while crucial, is frequently overlooked when considering dynamic and rewarding career paths. Let’s explore the hidden potential and myriad opportunities within that water sector…

(Wanna get direct water job insights from a specialized head hunter? Then listen to this episode’s twin here)

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Kendra Morris – President Northeast Region at Veolia North America

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New Year, New You, New Water Job?

Featured - New Year - New You - New Water Job - Lyle King - Influx Search

Happy New Year! With the start of a new year, it’s the perfect time to look at new job opportunities, especially in the water industry. This field is about to see a big change. Many experienced people are retiring, leaving room for new talent to step in. This change, often called the ‘silver tsunami,’ is a big deal for the water sector. But it’s not just about people leaving; it’s also about new chances for innovation and technology.

This is where you come in. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to shift gears in your career, the water industry offers exciting and important job opportunities. Let’s talk about all the changes happening in the water world and what they mean for jobs. From understanding the impact of retiring experts to the growing role of technology, we’ll (hopefully!) cover it all. If you’re curious about where a career in water can take you, read on!

(Wanna get direct water job insights while reading? Then listen to the dedicated podcast episode โฌ‡๏ธ)

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Lyle King – Owner & Director at Influx Search

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These 5 Water Technologies Mitigate CO2 Emissions 5000x Better than Trees

Featured - Water Technologies to Mitigate CO2 and Carbon Emissions

Let’s explore five paths a water professional can follow to reduce the water sector’s carbon impacts.

This year alone, I’ve traveled to six continents, I’ve taken 56 planes, and I’ve emitted nearly 12 tons of CO2 equivalent from that alone.

As I started having a hard time looking my kids in the eye and telling them I was doing all of that for good, I decided to compensate for my carbon emissions by planting trees! 

We’ve had that dead tree in the garden for two years now, so I could totally uproot and replace it with a couple of new ones and balance out my travels, right? 

So I looked up what gargantuan amount of CO2 a tree could absorb in a year to figure out how much I should plant in my garden, and… I have a problem.

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How to Buy a Water Company (and Turn in a Profit)

S10E10 - Featured - How to buy a Water Company and turn in a Profit

I dived into 23 years of M&A records in theย Water Industry (and sat down with a bunch of first-hand experts ๐Ÿ˜‰): 3 major trends stand out:

1๏ธโƒฃ The most active players are American utility consolidators. Within the top 10 M&A fanatics, 6 respond to this description, and a 7th is also consolidating utilities (although not in the US).

2๏ธโƒฃ There’s a new wave of “Water Tech Aggregators” that’s rising under the lead of SKion Water, Nijhuis Saur Industries and Evoqua Water Technologies.

3๏ธโƒฃ 12 companies are playing the “Wayne Huizenga” game – super actively consolidating a very specific section of the water food chain.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Tom Rooney – Chairman at Sciens Water

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Alex Buehler – CEO at Integrated Water Services

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Damian Georgino – Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson

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My 5 Killer Water Technology Breakthroughs from Aquatech Amsterdam 2023

Featured - Aquatech Amsterdam 2023

Fresh from the bustling halls of Aquatech Amsterdam 2023, the water sector’s epicenter for cutting-edge insights, here’s my personal selection of the water technologies you need to hear about. There’s a bit of disruption, a bit of translation, a tad of sturdiness, and a good piece of grit, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Shall we look into … Read more

Coding the Future: Ginkgo Bioworks’ Synthesis of Biology and Technology

Featured 2 - Gingko Bioworks - Kimberly Kupiecki

Dive into the microscopic world where Ginkgo Bioworks is redefining the boundaries of biotechnology, transforming cells into high-performance solutions for the water industry and beyond. In this episode, we unravel the revolutionary tech that’s turning biological cells into the next-generation toolkit for environmental sustainability.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Kimberly Kupiecki – Senior Director at Gingko Bioworks

๐Ÿ’ง Ginkgo Bioworks is the software company for biology, coding DNA to create custom cells that solve real-world problems.

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Will Gradiant Succeed with H+E where SUEZ, Stulz, and RENA failed?

Special Gradiant H+E

Gradiant just announced its acquisition of H+E (formerly Hager und Elsรคsser) – 51% first, but it should go up to 100% in the coming year. But why would it possibly work this time, when H+E failed to build success with Degremont, Ondeo, Stulz, RENA and Aquarion? Let’s find out. Mergers can be a bit like … Read more

Is Big Media Failing Us, or Are We Failing the Water Folks?

Featured - J. Carl Ganter - Circle of Blue

We’re diving deep into a topic that’s been swept under the rug for far too long: the media’s coverage of water issues – or lack thereof. Are journalists dropping the ball, or is the water sector failing to make its case?

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ J. Carl Ganter – Managing Director at Circle of Blue

๐Ÿ’ง Circle of Blue is an award-winning team of leading journalists, scientists, data experts, communications designers, and facilitators that reports challenges and solutions to global resource issues with emphasis on the fierce and growing competition between Water, food, and energy in a changing climate.

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The REAL Ocean Killer is in your Closet!

Adam Root, CEO & Founder of Matter, a Microplastics removal company

It’s not the plastic straws! The greatest threat to the Oceans that’s living in all our homes is more discreet but much more harmful: it’s the washing machine. 30% of the plastic that enters the sea every year is actually microplastics, and a good chunk of it gets emitted when we wash synthetic fabric at home. What can and shall we do about it? Let’s find out:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Adam Root – CEO & Founder at Matter

๐Ÿ’ง Matter is an innovation company pioneering technology solutions for capturing, harvesting, and recycling microplastics

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The $500 Million Bio-based Bet: Kemira’s Growth Accelerator Unveiled

Featured - Tuija Pohjolainen Hiltunen - Kemira - 500 million dollars of biobased raw materials by 2030

What happens when chemistry meets purpose, and sustainability isn’t just a buzzword but a $500 million bet? That’s the riddle we dive into today, as water treatment is getting a revolutionary makeoverโ€”from purpose-driven chemistry to game-changing partnerships, all while making a bold leap into a bio-based future.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Tuija Pohjolainen-Hiltunen – President Industry and Water Segment at Kemira

๐Ÿ’ง Kemira markets safe and sustainable chemistries that are part of a good life, ensuring hygiene, safe water, food safety, and more.

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How Open Innovation Fueled Evoqua’s Resurrection: Steal that Growth Template!

Featured - Ann Perreault & Joshua Griffis - Open Innovation - Evoqua Water Technologies

Let’s unpack Evoqua’s intricate approach to Open Innovation – a strategy that significantly optimizes technological adoption and capital efficiency. We’ll get an expert breakdown, offering insights into strategic intellectual property development, the nuances of their merger and acquisition strategies, and why the Product Vitality Index should become your next key performance indicator:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Ann Perreault – Vice President for Strategic Marketing & Growth at Evoqua Water Technologies

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Joshua Griffis – Director of Technology & Innovation at Evoqua Water Technologies

๐Ÿ’ง Evoqua is a global leader in helping municipalities and industrial customers protect and improve the world’s most fundamental natural resource: water

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Growing 10 Wonder Kids from 5 to 50 Clients with 0 Equity: Xylem’s Weirdest Move?

Featured 2 - Max Storto - Xylem Innovation Labs - Growing 10 Wonder Kids from 5 to 50 Clients with 0 Equity! Xylem's Weirdest Move?

You may recall how we covered the Xylem Innovation Labs’ inception last year with Sivan Zamir, which led to many questions as to how they actually work! Let’s open the hood and explore how Xylem scouts the best prospects, multiplies their commercial references by 10 and propels them to new heights all of that… without taking any equity. Crazy? Let’s review:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Max Storto – Lead Innovation Analyst at Xylem Innovation Labs

๐Ÿ’ง Xylem is one of the largest water and wastewater technology company globally and follows the simple motto: “Let’s solve water”

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Will AI Prompt Us To Build A Sustainable Future?

Featured - Will AI Prompt Us To Build A Sustainable Future?

Is AI a force for good or a double-edged sword? In this comprehensive look, we’ll discuss everything from the ethics of AI to its transformative role in sustainability. Are you ready to understand the complexities of an “AI Sustainable Future?” Let’s dive right in:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Alice Schmidt, MBA lecturer, Adviser to the European Commission, and non-profit organizations like Extinction Rebellion, Protect our Winters, and Chair of the Board of Endeva e.V.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Claudia Winkler, CEO, and co-founder of Goood Mobile, Europe’s first B-Corp Certified telecom provider, and a Founding Partner of Adjacent Possible Network.

๐Ÿ’ง Alice and Claudia had been with us for their first book “the Sustainability Puzzle,” and are back for an in-depth exploration of the AI world and its potential impact on Societal Progress and a Sustainable Future. Which is the topic of their second book: Fast Forward, written with Florian Schรผtz and Jeroen Dobbelaere.

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The Bill Gates Jewel that Pivoted from Water to Chemical Free Lithium Refining

Featured 2 - Saad Dara - Mangrove Lithium - Lithium Refining Without Chemicals By a Bill Gates Scale Up

Mangrove Lithium started as a Water Technology play, yet it rapidly became evident that Lithium refining was an even stronger product market fit! Mangrove’s clever pivot was rapidly rewarded with a powerful business angel: Breakthrough Energy Ventures. What’s so sexy about electrochemical lithium refining that it attracted Bill Gates? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Saad Dara – CEO and Founder of Mangrove Lithium

๐Ÿ’ง Mangrove Lithium produces battery-grade lithium hydroxide or carbonate from a wide array of raw sources

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How to Foster Innovation and Agility when you’re the World’s Largest Water Company

Featured - Glenn Vicevic - Veolia Water Technologies and Solutions - Keeping the Innovation Pace as a World's Largest Water Company

Everybody wants to be the big dog one day! But how do you ensure staying on top once you’ve secured the number 1? That’s what we explore today, as we prove innovation to be key, at the intersection of membrane filtration, digital twins, and sustainability. Let’s wander the ever-evolving landscape of the global water industry and its pressing challenges, with a very special guide:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Glenn Vicevic – CTO at Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions

๐Ÿ’ง Veolia WTS provides Industry-leading water technology and process expertise to solve the toughest water, wastewater, and process challenges

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This Start-Up has been around for 222 Years and is Still Going Strong

Featured - Andreas Muller - GF - The 222 Years Old Unicorn That's Still Going Strong

In a rapidly changing environment, how does a company that’s around for over two centuries ensure to stay on top of the game? How does an old unicorn work in symbiosis with a bubbling start-up ecosystem? How does it apprehend new tidal waves such as the lithium and EV revolution? Let’s find out:

(Also check my entire Lithium deep dive!)

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Andreas Mรผller – CEO at GF

๐Ÿ’ง GF is a sustainability and innovation leader aiming to provide superior customer value across three Divisions enabling the safe transport of liquids and gases, lightweight casting components, and high-precision manufacturing technologies.

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The 5 Rules To a Successful Direct Lithium Extraction Adventure

Featured - Andy Robinson - Standard Lithium - The 5 Rules to a Successful Direct Lithium Extraction Project

Ready for an epic journey? Strap in as we rock’n roll from deep-down brine to powering our future through lithium! We’re plunging into the buzz around Direct Lithium Extraction and companies like Standard Lithium who are making magic happen. Water and lithium โ€“ it’s a wild ride, let’s follow our guide this week:

(Find out more with my entire Lithium deep dive.)

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Andy Robinson – President and COO of Standard Lithium

๐Ÿ’ง Standard Lithium coins itself America’s 21st century Lithium Company. They’re expected to become the first lithium developer in the World to produce direct-extracted lithium at a commercial scale in El Dorado

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Sustainable Lithium Production Has an Overlooked 3rd Component: Here’s How to Unlock It!

Featured - Christopher Brown - Helios Corporation - Sustainable Lithium Extraction

Humans are the third pillar of sustainability, and for too long, they’ve been left out of the equation of sustainable lithium production. So it’s about time to integrate all shareholders and first nations in particular in the lithium revolution discussion. How? Let’s explore:

(Also check my entire Lithium deep dive!)

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Christopher Brown – CEO at Helios Corporation

๐Ÿ’ง Helios acknowledges that the World’s current trajectory is unsustainable and focuses its expertise in Energy, Power, Biomass, Capital Markets, and the latest environmental technology to achieve more, using less.

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How Lithium Refining & Water as a Service spark Growth for a Family Business

Aquatech is in business for 40 years, yet it is on the verge of taking a new dimension through two spectacular contracts in lithium refining: Lithium America’s Thacker Pass and Controlled Thermal Resources’ Hell Kitchen. Couple it with the company’s rise in Water as a Service (30% of its revenue today, soon to reach 50%) and you’re in for an explosive mix! Is Aquatech an untold water unicorn? Let’s explore.

(Also check my entire Lithium deep dive!)

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Devesh Sharma – CEO at Aquatech

๐Ÿ’ง Aquatech helps the world’s most recognized companies solve important water challenges such as lithium refining, desalination or food and beverage.

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How to Eradicate Dead Zones, Cut Energy Needs by 80% and Double Lithium Selectivity

Is Evove opening the era of precision engineered membranes?

Membrane filtration is a fast-moving scene striving for innovation and quite differentiated approaches. But has it ever been as disruptive as 3D-Printed spacers and graphene coating that puts performance on steroids? Let’s dive into one of the most fascinating takes on the matter in years:

(Also check my entire Lithium deep dive!)

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Chris Wyres – CEO at Evove

๐Ÿ’ง Evove aims to take membranes to the next level, overcoming the inherent flaws in conventional architectures, hence transforming membranes, transforming separation, and filtration.

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How the Salton Sea may become a Lithium Cash Cow

Salton Sea Lithium - Controlled Thermal Resources and Aquatech

Aquatech and Controlled Thermal Resources just signed a billion-dollar agreement to unlock the Salton Sea’s Lithium in California, just three months after Aquatech closed a pretty similar deal in Nevada. What does that mean for the Salton Sea and the US lithium scene?

(check out my other lithium stories!)

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Antoine Walter, Podcaster in Chief at GF Piping Systems

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Vulcan’s Clever Strategy to take off its Zero Carbon Lithium: Sell it Years Ahead!

Featured - Cris Moreno - Vulcan Energy Resources - Lithium from the Upper Rhine Valley

Battery-grade lithium can have a significant carbon impact through its production, refining, and transport stages. Yet, an Australian company with a European project may well have found the solution with its Zero Carbon Lithium: Vulcan Energy Resources. And its product is flying off the shelves… years ahead of its actual production. How’s that possible? Let’s explore:

(Also check my entire Lithium deep dive!)

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Cris Moreno – Deputy CEO at Vulcan Energy Resources

๐Ÿ’ง Vulcan aims to decarbonize the transition to electric mobility through its world-first Zero Carbon Lithium Projects for electric vehicle batteries and its renewable energy business.

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The Game-Changing Company with 60 Patents That’s Disrupting the Battery Industry

Featured - Teague Egan - EnergyX - 60 Patent for the Lithium King that wants to disrupt the Battery Industry

Have you ever heard of the Lithium King? That’s the title Shale Magazine gave to EnergyX’s founder and CEO, Teague Egan. So what got him that recognition? It could be the company’s patents along the entire battery supply chain, their differentiated direct lithium extraction technology, or the company’s claim that they offer the best complement to existing evaporation pond. Let’s find out!

(Also check my entire Lithium deep dive!)

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Teague Egan – CEO & Founder of EnergyX 

๐Ÿ’ง EnergyX is on a mission to become a worldwide leader in the global transition to sustainable energy

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How ‘Reverse ZLD’ made the World’s Largest Water Company a Lithium Refinery Expert

Featured - Jim Rieke - Veolia Water Technologies - Lithium Refinery turning Lithium Carbonate to Battery Grade Lithium Hydroxide

There’s a company that can boast having worked on turning any possible source of Lithium to battery grade: Veolia. How does the Water Giant double down as a lithium refinery builder? Let’s find out.

Find out more with my entire Lithium deep dive.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Jim Rieke – VP of Process Engineering at Veolia Water Technologies

๐Ÿ’ง Veolia Water Technologies specializes in water treatment solutions while providing a complete range of services for industrial & public authorities

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What are the 10 simple secrets behind Standard Lithium’s DLE success?

Featured - Robert Mintak - Standard Lithium - 10 Simple Secrets to the World's First DLE Direct Lithium Extraction

Standard Lithium shall become the first company ever to run a Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) process at a commercial scale by the mid-decade in El Dorado, Arkansas. How did they manage to fast-track this project? Let’s dive into their DLE secrets.

Find out more with my entire Lithium deep dive.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Robert Mintak – CEO of Standard Lithium

๐Ÿ’ง Standard Lithium coins itself America’s 21st century Lithium Company. They’re expected to become the first lithium developer in the World to produce direct-extracted lithium at a commercial scale in El Dorado

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The Shocking Requirements of Spodumene Processing (and More Lithium 101 stories)

When you visit a foreign country, it’s often a smart move to start by getting the basics of language and culture. That’s our agenda for today: let us break down the fundamentals of lithium processes!

Find out more with my entire Lithium deep dive.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Tony Strobbe – EV supply chain Projects Director

๐Ÿ’ง Every Monday, Tony compiles a dedicated content piece he shares on LinkedIn that covers one aspect of that said supply chain

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Why Water Technologies Matter in Lithium Mining (And Why You Should Buy Now!)

Lithium Mining shall get from 500’000 tons per year to at least 2 if not 3 or 5 million tons by 2030. How will we get there? We’ll need a lot of planets to align… and heavy support from the Water Industry!

Find out more with my entire Lithium deep dive.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Benjamin Sparrow – CEO and Co-Founder at Saltworks Technologies

๐Ÿ’ง Saltworks provides innovative products and solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination.

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The Fascinating Story of the Man Who Has 35 Water Companies to Sell

Featured - Karl Michael Millauer - KMM Consulting - The Man That Has 35 Water Companies to Sell

Water Companies can face a wide array of events: creation, expansion, profit, losses, and sometimes even death. Yet one specific change is maybe the most transformative: getting sold and transferred to a new owner. If that’s well documented for large water groups, it’s a much different story for smaller water companies: let’s explore it!

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Karl Michael Millauer, Founder of KMM Consulting and a former C-Level executive in some emblematic water groups like BWT, Christ Water Technology, Aquatech International, and Aquarion AG.

๐Ÿ’ง KMM Consulting helps clients around the globe leverage opportunities in the world of water through mergers & acquisitions, finance & funding, business development, and strategic support.

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How to Leverage Water Risk Assessment to Unlock Business Opportunities

Featured - Jennifer Moeller-Gulland - World Bank - UNDP - Water Risk Assessment

The top 10 risks ranked in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report all relate to Water. If that’s not a sign that it is time to get your Water Risk Assessments right, I don’t know what is! Not convinced yet? Let’s dig further:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Jennifer Mรถller-Gulland, Water Risk Expert and Water Economist for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme

๐Ÿ’ง Jennifer is the founder of the Water Risk Assessment Blueprint Training, a 12-week online course that helps water professionals to know the Water Risks, convince decision makers to consider and address them, be part of the solution, and accelerate their career.

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Zwitterions’ Super Powers Could Solve Wastewater Membranes Number One Problem

Featured - Alex Rappaport - ZwitterCo - Zwitterions to build Wastewater Membranes that don't Foul

Zwitterions are weird beasts with two fascinating perks: being simultaneously positively and negatively charged turns them highly hydrophilic and very resistant to non-specific adhesion. Wouldn’t that make them the best special sauce to pump up a membrane filtration system? Let’s find out!

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Alex Rappaport, CEO and Co-Founder of ZwitterCo. 

๐Ÿ’ง ZwitterCo leverages the benefits of Zwitterions to build Membranes that treat the world’s toughest wastewater. 

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Could Neglecting 92% of Your Tasks be Costing You Money? Water Marketers Beware!

Featured - Bjoฬˆrn Otto - What's wrong with marketing in the Water Industry

When marketing focuses on “Promotion” only, it limits itself to 8% of its possible spectrum. And it has consequences! Product-market Fit, go-to-market strategies, or strategic directions for the company might suffer from that tropism on the last link in the tactics chain. Who is to blame? Most of the time, top management.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Bjรถrn Otto, Founder, and Managing Director of Interius Solutions. 

๐Ÿ’ง Interius Solutions supports Water Technology Companies with outsourced marketing solutions and a very special touch – it’s marketing done by water professionals that understand water technologies. 

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How to Frustrate 90% of Start-Up Founders in 15 Minutes in their Best Interest

Featured - Paul Gagliardo - The Water Entrepreneur - Documenting entrepreneurship in the Water Sector

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Paul Gagliardo, Judge and advisor at Imagine H2O, and Principal at Gagliacqua.     

๐Ÿ’ง Paul also runs the Water Entrepreneur, an incredibly good water podcast that is one of my personal favorites and which also turns out to be a family business as Paul will elaborate on later on in the conversation.

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Water Wars in France? The 4 Riddles it Raises.

Water Wars - Antoine Walter - Special Episode

Everybody predicted Water Wars would eventually happen one day, and for many places in the World, we’re far past the days where these conflicts would just be a concept. Yet, the scenes that we experienced in France over the past few days came as a surprise, in a water-rich first World country. What does it reveal?

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Antoine Walter, Podcaster in Chief at GF Piping Systems

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How to Win in a Competitive & Mature Niche Market: The Astonishing Aclarus Ozone

Ozone is a water technology that has been around for over a century. Its players are established (and entrenched), it’s a $1.4 billion sub-section of the disinfection sector, and it doesn’t seem to be much left for technical disruption. And maybe against the odds, it’s a fertile ground for a great entrepreneurial venture! How? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Michael Doran, President & Co-Founder of Aclarus Ozone. ย ย ย 

๐Ÿ’ง Aclarus Ozone aims to solve complex water problems with advanced ozone technology.

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How to Leverage Life Cycle Assessment To Take Better Decisions

Featured - Dubravka Skunca - European Commission - LifeCycle Assessment (LCA) as a tool for Sustainability and Circularity

Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) provides a systematic framework to identify and assess environmental impacts associated with a product or service, including energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, waste generation, and as probably most interesting for us, water use.

Hence, LCA is a powerful decision-making tool that helps identify opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, improve efficiency, and promote circularity. Let’s explore it:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Dubravka Skunca, LCA Representative and Expert for the European Commission, but also an SME Support leader at the European Regional Development Fund, Business Consultant, and Council Representative at various EIT groups.    

๐Ÿ’ง Dubravka is also LCA Leader for Green Protein, a European project which aims at a major innovation in the fields of protein production and food loss reduction in the EU by producing high-added value, food-grade functional proteins, and other ingredients out of green field waste.

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Why do we have so many Good Reasons to make Wrong Water Decisions?

Featured 2 - Gonzalo Delacamara - UN Water OECD World Bank - Redesigning Water Incentives to Take Better Water Decisions

Many decisions we make may look good on a small scale, yet as soon as we zoom out, we realize that they were the wrong choice in the end. That’s all fine when it’s about eating the last chocolate chunk in the box, but it’s an entirely different story when it comes to Water, its use, and its management worldwide! Why do we have so many wrong incentives? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Gonzalo Delacรกmara, Consultant on Natural Resources Economics for the United Nations and Water Policy Advisor for the OECD, the European Commission, and the World Bank   

๐Ÿ’ง Gonzalo is also Director of the Center for Water & Climate Adaptation at IE University, aiming to reinvent education and train the people who will change the World tomorrow.

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This CEO That Raised $22M Reveals His One Trick You MUST Copy Today

Featured - Greg Newbloom - Membrion - Fostering your Customer Link as a Water Company

Membrion is on track to become one of the loveliest success stories within the Water Industry. That’s everything but a coincidence: it is instead the result of a methodical build-up of the customer link. And you can actually steal this methodology today, as my guest rolls it out for you:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Greg Newbloom, CEO and Founder of Membrion.   

๐Ÿ’ง Membrion strives to help industrial water users who arenโ€™t satisfied with processes that are thousands of years old, and whoโ€™ve been searching for a better and lower-cost way to recycle or reuse their wastewater.

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Why bother with Residential Water Struggles? It’s an Industry Risk!

Featured - Damian Georgino - Womble Bond Dickinson - Industrial Water is the real Finance Deal

When we discuss the water crisis in America, we often focus on a certain section of the Water Cycle: residential water. Yet, that’s only a fraction of the challenge and probably not the one where water is valued the most. Indeed, could you imagine industrial production without water? That’s why it’s a risk, and the reaction to have once you acknowledge it is something we covered:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Damian Georgino, Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson

๐Ÿ’ง Womble Bond Dickinson is a leading law firm that provides support to organizations operating within the fast-moving, challenging, and dynamic energy, water, and food nexus.

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Where’s Practical Climate Data when you Desperately Need It?

Featured - Sarah Kapnick - Climate Data to better plan Water Infrastructure

There are a lot of parameters to consider when planning infrastructure for today and the decades to come. It is a compound of existing assets, communities, social issues, vulnerabilities but also water and climate data. This is why democratizing access to all those datasets is so crucial to solving the water crisis in America! And we’ll get to understand how and why:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Sarah Kapnick, Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

๐Ÿ’ง The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aims to enrich life through science. From the sun’s surface to the ocean’s depths, the Agency works to keep the public informed of the changing environment around them.

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Can Private Capital Change the World of Water for the Better?

Featured - Henry Cordes - Sciens Water - Private Capital can change the World of Water

15% of America’s water is already in private hands. For some, that’s a concern! For others (including me) that’s a proof of concept to ask for more. How could private capital help solve America’s water crisis? That’s what we’ll explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Henry Cordes, Principal at Sciens Water

๐Ÿ’ง Sciens is a research-driven investment fund that identifies uncovered, under-researched, or misunderstood water sector opportunities that are undercapitalized.

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What do you Need to Know to Invest Wisely in Water Technologies?

Featured - Meshal Alduraywish - Sciens Water - How and where to Invest your Money Right in Water

How does an investor decide to fund a water technology or a water company? Are they sitting in a Shark Tank environment and following their instinct to make a decision in minutes? That’s very unlikely, right? Yet, you won’t know before you actually ask about the research and due diligence process. That’s what we explore this week:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Meshal Alduraywish, Vice President at Sciens Capital Management

๐Ÿ’ง Sciens is a research-driven investment fund that identifies uncovered, under-researched, or misunderstood water sector opportunities that are undercapitalized.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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What’s the Value of Your Poop?

Featured - Antoine Walter - TEDx - Wastewater Reuse - What's the Value of your Poop?

There’s a treasure in the sewer, and we barely notice: wastewater and its pee and poo are an incredible source of water, energy, and a bunch of additional resources. Better: it could solve the World’s water needs and help balance the Zero Carbon energy equation. How? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Antoine Walter – Podcaster in Chief at (don’t) Waste Water

๐Ÿ’ง (don’t) Waste Water is the Water Industry’s reference podcast pursuing this simple mission: Understand Water, Solve the World!

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Are Amazon Water Filters the Best Way to Quench our Thirst?

Featured - Upmanu Lall - Columbia Water Center - Amazon Water Filters in a World of Decentralized Water Treatments

At the exact point in time where governments are heavily investing in renewing their central water infrastructure, distributed water treatments still grow at a 3x faster pace! Does this mean we will soon all have a Water Filter ordered from Amazon and screwed under our sinks? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Upmanu Lall – Director of the Columbia Water Center

๐Ÿ’ง The Columbia Water Center aims to creatively tackle water challenges of a rapidly changing world where water and climate interact with food, energy, ecosystems, and urbanization.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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The Climate Change Adaptation Opportunities You Don’t Want To Miss Out

Featured2 - Lauren Enright - Michael Stanley Gallisdorfer - Climate Change Adaptation

If Climate Change was a shark, water would be its teeth – once we’ve said that, what happens? Not much. Still, 70% of Climate Change’s consequences will be felt through water. Isn’t it time to better prepare for Climate Change Adaptation? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Lauren Enright – Founder of Axiom Climate LLC

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Michael Stanley Gallisdorfer – Water Sustainability Strategist

๐Ÿ’ง Lauren, Michael, and Indrani Pal will lead a Session Day at the upcoming American Geophysical Union Meeting in Chicago: “Adapting to Climate Change: Innovative Solutions for Building Water Resilience to Long-term Meteorological & Hydrological Change.”

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800 M&A Moves in a Decade, Yet You’ve Never Heard of this Water Utility!

Featured - Josiah Cox - Central States Water Resources - Consolidating Small Scale US Water Utilities

With 50’000 water and 35’000 wastewater utilities, the US Water Sector is highly scattered. This has consequences: 63 million Americans are potentially exposed to unsafe drinking water! This is where consolidation and especially the one happening on the smaller system’s level, sparks hope.

I got to meet with US’s largest consolidator – in less than a decade; they changed the fate of 800 distressed communities across ten states. Why, how, and for which results? What comes next? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Josiah Cox, founder and president of Central States Water Resources

๐Ÿ’ง Central States Water Resources transforms how water utilities work by acquiring small, often non-compliant systems and then using expertise, technology, and innovation to quickly assess and turn them into reliable infrastructure.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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How to Actively Invest Philanthropy and Save the (Water) World?

Featured - Sean Davis - Merton Capital Partners - Philanthropic Capital to Save the Water World

Philanthropic Capital could be the third source of investment the Water Sector desperately needed to find a balance. How will the blend of philanthropy into private funding and federal grants change the name of the game? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Sean Davis, founder and managing director of Merton Capital Partners, adjunct professor at the Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Author of “Solving the Giving Pledge Bottleneck.”

๐Ÿ’ง Merton Capital Partners develops innovative investment strategies to unlock philanthropy’s potential by incentivizing corporations to generate large-scale good in their core businesses.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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How does Maslow explain a lot of America’s Broken Water Economics?

Featured - Tom Rooney - Sciens Water - Maslow explains Water's Broken Economics

The Water Challenge is three-dimensional. We face broken pipes, broken policies, and broken economics! Yet, if we get to the bottom of it, the economic one seems to be the root cause of all the other problems. What if Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs actually explained it? That’s what we’ll uncover:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Tom Rooney – Chairman and Operating Partner at Sciens Water

๐Ÿ’ง Sciens is a research-driven investment fund that identifies uncovered, under-researched, or misunderstood water sector opportunities that are undercapitalized.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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How De Nora Grew from 0 to IPO in 7 Years (with Cheat Codes!)

Featured - Mirka Wilderer - De Nora

De Nora Water Technologies entered the water business in 2015 – with a bang. Under the lead of Mirka Wilderer (since 2019), the company further grew up to a successful IPO in July 2022. What’s to learn from it? What’s on De Nora’s and Mirka’s plate for the next months and years? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Mirka Wilderer – CEO at De Nora Water Technologies

๐Ÿ’ง De Nora is a leading provider of equipment, systems, disinfection, and filtration solutions for water and wastewater treatment.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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Should We Really Destroy PFAS? No! Your Fridge Knows a Better Way.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Henrik Hagemann is the CEO and Co-Founder of Puraffinity.   

๐Ÿ’ง Puraffinity is a GreenTech Company that designs smart materials for environmental applications.โ€‹ Their cutting-edge material design and creative engineering approach may provide a new horizon to solve the daunting PFAS / Forever chemicals challenge we face.

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What’s Patrick Decker’s Call To Action? Let Us Solve Water!

Featured - Patrick Decker - Xylem - Let US solve water

Patrick Decker became Xylem’s CEO in 2014. At the time, the company was a renowned product supplier in the Water Industry. Yet under its lead, Xylem further expanded to become a solution provider fostering and nurturing its surrounding ecosystem.

Patrick was kind enough to spend some time with me to review some of the hot topics in our sector, yet he was awaited on stage for a speech, so we had to be fast. Yet it was such as pleasant experience (as you’ll discover) that I’ll make sure to bother him a bit to back for a deeper dive!

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Patrick Decker – CEO at Xylem

๐Ÿ’ง Xylem is one of the largest water and wastewater technology companies globally and follows the simple motto: โ€œLetโ€™s solve water.โ€

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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Can Nature Protect New York From Water Catastrophes? Yes!

Featured - Paul Gallay - Columbia Climate School - New York Water Management through Nature Based Solutions

New York City did a bold move in the 1990s by betting on Nature-Based Solutions to protect its drinking water quality. Yet new challenges arise: how can nature help the Big Apple on its path to Climate Change adaptation? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Paul Gallay – Lecturer & Co-Director at the Columbia Climate School

๐Ÿ’ง Columbia University is a global leader in climate and sustainability education, aiming to bring an interdisciplinary knowledge base for future climate leaders to work with businesses, communities, governments, and civil society to address the climate crisis.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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How to Make Carbon Negative Fuel, Boost Utility’s Revenue and Save the World

Featured - Kunal Shah - Anaergia - Carbon Negative Fuel - Biomethane to Save the World

Climate Change recalls us every day how important it is for the World to accelerate on its path to decarbonization. Today, the Water Industry is everything but carbon neutral: yet this could change today and at scale if we do it right! How? With a carbon-negative fuel.

You already know that fuel: we’re talking about biomethane. But with a twist! By leveraging synergies across a city’s departments, biomethane production can grow on steroids at scale and today. How can waste and wastewater better work together? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Kunal Shah – Chief Growth Officer at Anaergia and council member of the World Biogas Association, the Singapore Water Association, and Imagine H2O Asia.

๐Ÿ’ง Anaergia ambitions to convert waste into a carbon-negative fuel for a sustainable future.

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The Dear Link Between Water, SDGs and our Everyday Lives

Featured - Kevin Sofen - SDG Talks - There's a Water Impact all over the SDGs

When it comes to Sustainable Development Goals, we often limit Water to SDG 6. Yet, water plays a key role in many more of them! Let’s explore it:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Kevin Sofen – Director of Innovation at W. S. Darley & Co., Host of the Smart Firefighting podcast, and Co-Host of the SDG Talks Podcast.

๐Ÿ’ง The SDG Talks podcast highlights Change Makers and their work towards the UN SDGs with a sound passion for highlighting people and organizations that will transform the world into a better place for everyone.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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We Want You! Will You Help Closing the Water Gap and Save Lives?

Featured - George McGraw - DigDeep - Millions Without Water in the US - Closing the Water Gap

2.2 million Americans don’t have access to water and wastewater services in their homes. 44 million more recently experienced water quality issues. Isn’t it time to effectively close the water gap?

The first step to closing is probably acknowledging: an information mission that’s been taken on by DigDeep. Today, we’ll explore how they act to help populations we’ve left behind for too long. Are you wondering how you could help, too? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ George McGraw – CEO & Founder of DigDeep

๐Ÿ’ง DigDeep is a human rights nonprofit serving the 2.2 million+ Americans without the sinks, bathtubs, or toilets that the rest of the US takes for granted.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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How to Make Water more attractive than the Apple and Samsungs of this World

Featured - Errick Simmons - Greenville Mississippi - Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative

We’ve been regularly touching on how we’re facing an aging water infrastructure: and so is the water workforce as well! In light of the “silver wave,” we currently experience, how can we transform the water industry to attract new, diverse and dynamic talents?

This age and knowledge pyramid problem is of particular concern when you’re administrating a mid-sized or rural infrastructure. Hence today’s episode promises to be a fascinating exploration:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Errick Simmons – Mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, and co-chair of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative.

๐Ÿ’ง The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative works to improve the river’s water quality, restore its habitat, coordinate the state’s efforts, create sustainable economies around the basin, and celebrate the river’s culture and history.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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How to Make a Lonely Water Professional’s Mentor, Friend, and Caring Colleague

Featured - Trace Blackmore - Scaling Up H2O - Bring Water Professionals Together

The job of a Water Professional can be lonely: in many utilities, water treaters are on their own – or not far from it. But to keep you growing as a person, a certain friend has your back, your favorite water podcast.

Don’t worry; this one is not about bragging (as much as I praise my water podcast, I’m not that selfish yet!). It’s all about getting to know better one of the legends of that game:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Trace Blackmore – Owner of Blackmore Enterprises and Host of the โ€œScaling Up! H2Oโ€ podcast

๐Ÿ’ง The “Scaling Up! H2O” podcast intends to prove to you every week why working in Industrial Water Treatment is the best job in the world.

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How to take Mid-Market Green Tech Companies to the Next Level?

Featured - James Rees - Botanical Water Technologies - Growing Green Tech Companies

Our World is facing new water challenges that will be hard to solve with old solutions only. This means that helping new entrants and mid-market green tech companies to thrive is also the best segway to putting their impact on steroids!

But navigating the jungle of finance, investment, regulations, institutions, and existing business canvas can be tough. Yet no one ever said you couldn’t get some help, as we’ll explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ James Rees – Chief Impact Officer at Botanical Water Technologies and Board Advisor at Bluerloop, Droople, and Noverram.

๐Ÿ’ง Botanical Water Technologies strives to positively impact water scarcity by providing a new source of drinkable, sustainable, plant-based water for social and environmental projects.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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Pre-Disaster Mitigation Needs to Quickly Ramp Up in the US. Will it?

Featured - Nick Shufro - Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration - Pre Disaster Mitigation

With only 9 million households that hold an insurance policy against flood risks, the most common and costly natural catastrophe is still widely undercovered in the US. Will the new federal efforts finally open the long-awaited age of pre-disaster mitigation?

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Nick Shufro – Deputy Assistant Administrator, Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration, Resilience, FEMA

๐Ÿ’ง The Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and a range of programs designed to mitigate against future losses from all hazards, including floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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The Underestimated Hidden Threat of Biomethane Production. Time to Act?

Featured - Semra Bakkaloglu - Imperial College London - Biomethane Production Leaks to the Atmosphere

What’s about 28 times more concerning than carbon emissions? Methane releases into the atmosphere. It’s the same amount of carbon but with a much higher immediate global warming impact. Hence the concern when a recent study shows how we underestimate the emissions of biomethane production by a factor of two!

What’s wrong with the biomethane supply chain? Where does it leak the most? Who are these 5% of bad pupils responsible for over 60% of the emissions? What can we do about it? Let’s explore:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Semra Bakkaloglu – Research Associate at the Imperial College of London

๐Ÿ’ง Semra recently showed in her research how the methane emissions along the biosolids supply chain were vastly underestimated and proposed straightforward actions to correct it swiftly.

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How to Actually Fight Big Water with Pioneering Bottled Rainwater?

Featured - Taylor O'Neil - Richard's Rainwater - Bottled Rainwater

Rainwater Harvesting just got an all-new flavor, and it’s sparkling! Indeed, next to the conventional approaches where that water would be used for irrigation, Richard’s Rainwater kinda created a new market segment: bottled rainwater.

How can you fight Big Water by actually putting water in cans and bottles? How’s that approach greener and more sustainable? What could it unlock in the long term? We covered this:

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Taylor O’Neil – CEO of Richard’s Rainwater.

๐Ÿ’ง Richard’s Rainwater markets what it claims to be “The Water of Tomorrow,” aka Bottled Rainwater!

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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Seth Siegel: 50’000+ US Water Utilities, 500 Water Talks, 5 Decisive Truths?

Featured - Seth Siegel - Troubled Water - Let There be Water

Seth Siegel is a voice that counts in the Water World – having published some of the most influential water books of the past decade and spoken on every scene you can think of.

Yet, in every keynote he delivers, he never fails to captivate the audience to convey his message home. There’s something wrong with what we drink, the way we manage our water, and the allocation of the precious blue resource. And there’s a better way around: simply replicate what works! That’s far too much to pack in 30 minutes? For sure, yet I tried โฌ‡๏ธ

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Seth Siegel – writer, lawyer, activist, serial entrepreneur, and an acclaimed public speaker.

๐Ÿ’ง You might have read his “Troubled Water” book – and if you haven’t, you should – or his international best-seller “Let there be Water,” translated into 20+ languages.

This episode is part of my Series on the Water Crisis in America

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Expensive, Heavy but Desperately Needed: is Source the Future of Drinking Water?

Featured - Colin Goddard - Source Global - Atmospheric Water Generation

Could you imagine producing perfect drinking water out of thin air and fully off-grid? Let’s face it: Source’s take on atmospheric water generation is pretty disruptive. Could it be a blessing for people and places for whom traditional central approaches have failed?

We’ll explore today how even in the US, no less than 44 million people may need to find a solution to fix their tap, and try to evaluate how Source could fit in the role!

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Colin Goddard – Director at Source Global

๐Ÿ’ง Source aims to market the world’s first renewable drinking water system. Clean, safe, made entirely off-grid, and available almost anywhere in the world.

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How will the Trial Reservoir Change Piloting Forever and For Good?

Piloting a new water technology has always been a cumbersome process. But this may well soon be history with Isle Utilities’ invention: the Trial Reservoir.

What would it enable if water entrepreneurs could deploy their best ideas in weeks instead of decades? That’s what we’ll explore today (and how that’s even possible)…

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Piers Clark – Chairman and Founder of Isle Utilities

๐Ÿ’ง Isle Utilities aims to bring new technologies to life by connecting expertise, investment, and inspired ideas across the globe.

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What if your Microbial Fuel Cells could Reach Out on Twitter?

Featured - Carol Maxwell - Brent Solina - MICROrganic Technologies - Microbial Fuel Cells

Microbial Fuel Cells represent a tremendous opportunity to tap into the hidden energy of wastewater. But beyond that, they could also turn the way we operate our plants on its head!

What if your microorganisms told you live and 24/7 how they feel and what your effluent looks like?

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Carol Maxwell – CEO & Director of MICROrganic Technologies and a Founding Member of ENYA Funds 1, 2, &3

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Brent Solina – CTO of MICROrganic Technologies

๐Ÿ’ง MICROrganic Technologies builds a Microbial Fuel Cell platform that aims to change the way the world deals with wastewater.

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How to Admit, Value, and actually Overcome the Economic Risk of Water

Featured - Nicola Lei Ravello - White Stag Investing - Water is an Economic Risk

Water may well represent less than 1% of the World’s GDP, but it heavily affects the other 99%, turning it into a major economic risk.

Why and How? Let’s review!

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Nicola Lei Ravello – Author and Founder of White Stag Investing

๐Ÿ’ง White Stag Investing is a research platform for responsible investments, focusing on sustainability as a source of value and stability in the long term.

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How to Build the World Leading Water Innovation Accelerator: Imagine H2O

Featured - Scott Bryan - Imagine H2O - Water Innovation Accelerator

Water Innovation Accelerators became more common in recent years. Yet the world reference remains unchanged: Imagine H2O.

Why and How? Let’s review!

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Scott Bryan – President of Imagine H2O

๐Ÿ’ง Imagine H2O is the world leading Water Innovation Accelerator with $800+M raised in early-stage funding and 1.1 billion people (and counting) served.

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How to Mitigate 4 Shades of Water Risk Through Impact Investing

Featured - John Robinson - Mazarine Ventures - Impact Investment - Water Risk

Turning the narrative from “Water is Life” to “Water is a Risk” makes its associated challenges more straightforward. This is an opportunity for investment funds to have an impact.

Why and How? Let’s review!

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ John Robinson – Partner & Co-Founder at Mazarine Ventures

๐Ÿ’ง Mazarine is an impact investor backing young technology companies with innovations that address some aspects of water risk, including quality and quantity.

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Passing the Baton: How to Bring Innovation to Market Faster & More Reliably

Featured - Sivan Zamir - Xylem Innovation Labs - Bring Innovation to Market

With the inception of its Innovation Labs, Xylem intends to provide a common framework for the water innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems to work with the US Giant.

Why and How? Let’s review!

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Sivan Zamir – VP Xylem Innovation Labs

๐Ÿ’ง Xylem is one of the largest water and wastewater technology company globally and follows the simple motto: “Let’s solve water”

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How to Save over 1 Million Tons of CO2 Every Year with Thermal Hydrolysis

Featured - Eirik Fadnes - Cambi Group - Thermal Hydrolysis

Thermal Hydrolysis Processes are rolled out worldwide for as long as there are COP conferences. Cambi Group, the World leader with an estimated 80% market share, estimates that it represents 1 million tons of CO2 equivalent saving compared to the best available alternative.

What’s inside these appealing thermal hydrolysis processes? Let’s review!

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Eirik Fadnes – CEO at Cambi Group

๐Ÿ’ง Cambi is on a mission to turn sludge into resources thanks to Thermal Hydrolysis Processes (THP)

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Radical Collaboration: 12 Staggering Ideas to Regenerate the Water World

Radical Collaboration for Regeneration

BlueTech Forum 2022’s Theme was straightforward: Radical Collaboration for Regeneration. I got to chat with 6 industry leaders about their take at the matter!


๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Menno Holterman (President & CEO @ Nijhuis Saur Industries)

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Snehal Desai (EVP & Chief Growth and Sustainability Officer @ Evoqua Water Technologies)

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Ralph Exton (Chief Marketing & Chief Digital Officer @ SUEZ – Water Technologies & Solutions)

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Kimberly Kupiecki (Director & Global Leader Sustainability ESG, Advocacy, Communications @ DuPont)

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Jon LIberzon (VP & Head of Business Development @ Tomorrow Water)

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Kamakshi Sharma (Director of Marketing and Strategy @ Aquatech International)

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How to be Alone, Early, Crazy but Actually Right: The History of Zenon

Featured - Andrew Benedek - Zenon - Anaergia - From Lonely Prophet to Water Industry Legend

Membrane Bioreactors systems weigh $4Bn a year today (and growing). Yet, in the early eighties, no one really believed membranes would ever make a dent in clean water applications. So before envisioning a wastewater application, there was a long way to goโ€ฆ and a valley of death to cross for Zenon!

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Andrew Benedek, Executive Chairman of Anaergia, founder of Zenon and CEO for 26 years, a former member of the IWA board, and the inaugural recipient of the Lee Kwan Yew Prize.

๐Ÿ’ง Anaergia aims to convert waste into useful resources, protect the environment, and sustain life for generations to come. Where some see waste, they see resources.

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Can Lithium Mining Astoundingly solve the Brine Riddle with Benefits?

Lithium Mining is expected to deliver the lithium-ion battery industry 500’000 metric tons a year. Sure, conventional lithium supply will grow by 300% over the next decade but that will still not be sufficient! Hence, it might be an opportunity to get creative and to look for lithium in… water. How? Let’s review.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Benjamin Sparrow – CEO and Co-Founder at Saltworks Technologies

๐Ÿ’ง Saltworks provides innovative products and solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination.

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Why is One Water the Best Way to Manage our Vulnerable Water Cycle?

Featured - Susan Moisio - Jacobs - One Water

We tend to put water management in silos. Drinking Water, Wastewater, Water networks, Sewers, Flood prevention… All of those have one thing in common: water. This is why you shall start leveraging the One Water framework today! It will swiftly turn into a key asset in our race to net zero water. Let’s review how, and why โฌ‡๏ธ

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Susan Moisio – Global Water Director at Jacobs, where she leads a team of 9,000 water professionals across all regions.

๐Ÿ’ง Jacobs pledges to push the limits of what’s possible, continually challenging today to reinvent tomorrow.

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How Water UK intends to Reach a Good Net Zero, Two Decades Early!

When it comes to the race to net zero water, Water UK leads the charge. Not only did it set ambitious goals, but also in a quite timely manner: the routemap leads to 2030! The cherry on that cake? It’s not only about “net zero.” They’re before and above all aiming for a GOOD one.

with ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Maria Manidaki – Net Zero Technical Lead and Principal Water Investment Planning Advisor at Mott MacDonald

๐Ÿ’ง Mott MacDonald is a global engineering, management, and development consultancy, that places social outcomes at the center of all it does.

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