Featured - Tom Ferguson - Burnt Island Ventures

The Secret Formula for Profit in Water Tech Venture Capital

Feb 14, 2024

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 … Read more

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

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

Feb 7, 2024

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 … Read more

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

Big Data, Deeper Insights: Crafting Smarter Water Strategies

Feb 1, 2024

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 … Read more

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

The Economic Incentives of the Water Reuse Revolution

Jan 26, 2024

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 … Read more

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

Beyond Technology: The Social Dynamics of Water Reuse

Jan 24, 2024

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 … Read more

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

A Flow of Opportunities: The Unseen Potential in Water Careers

Jan 19, 2024

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 … Read more

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

New Year, New You, New Water Job?

Jan 17, 2024

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 … Read more

Featured - Water Technologies to Mitigate CO2 and Carbon Emissions

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

Nov 29, 2023

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 … Read more

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

Nov 23, 2023

I dived into 23 years of M&A records in the Water Industry (and sat down with a bunch of first-hand experts 😉): 3 major trends stand out: 1️⃣ 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 … Read more

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My 5 Killer Water Technology Breakthroughs from Aquatech Amsterdam 2023

Nov 15, 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

Featured 2 - Gingko Bioworks - Kimberly Kupiecki

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

Nov 8, 2023

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 🎙️ Kimberly Kupiecki – Senior Director at Gingko Bioworks 💧 … Read more

Water Marketing Insights: the Value of a Statistical Life

What is the Price of a Human Life? Study reveals.

Nov 1, 2023

If you’re from the US, your life is worth about 10 million dollars. That’s a lot, when you think that the median American worker will “only” make about $1.7 million dollars over his career, and that’s not much when you think that’s roughly the price of a specific Bugatti or Rolls Royce – I guess … Read more

Special Gradiant H+E

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

Oct 28, 2023

Gradiant just announced its acquisition of H+E (formerly Hager und Elsässer) – 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

Featured - J. Carl Ganter - Circle of Blue

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

Oct 18, 2023

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 🎙️ J. Carl Ganter – Managing Director at Circle of Blue 💧 Circle … Read more

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

The REAL Ocean Killer is in your Closet!

Oct 11, 2023

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 … Read more

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

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

Oct 4, 2023

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 makeover—from purpose-driven chemistry to game-changing partnerships, all while making a bold leap into a bio-based future. with 🎙️ Tuija Pohjolainen-Hiltunen – President Industry and … Read more

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

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

Sep 14, 2023

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 🎙️ Ann … Read more

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

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

Sep 6, 2023

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 … Read more

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

Will AI Prompt Us To Build A Sustainable Future?

Aug 30, 2023

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 🎙️ Alice Schmidt, MBA lecturer, Adviser to the European Commission, … Read more

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

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

Aug 16, 2023

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 🎙️ Saad Dara … Read more

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

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

Aug 9, 2023

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 … Read more

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

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

Aug 2, 2023

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 … Read more

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

The 5 Rules To a Successful Direct Lithium Extraction Adventure

Jul 27, 2023

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 – it’s a wild ride, let’s follow our guide this week: (Find out … Read more

Featured - Christopher Brown - Helios Corporation - Sustainable Lithium Extraction

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

Jul 12, 2023

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 🎙️ Christopher Brown – … Read more

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

Jul 5, 2023

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%) … Read more

Featured - Thames Water - Bankruptcy

Thames Water is Failing: is it the end for UK’s largest Water Company?

Jul 4, 2023

The largest British Water Company is steps away from Bankruptcy, and that’s just the latest news in an incredible downward spiral: let’s review! with 🎙️ Antoine Walter, Podcaster in Chief at GF Piping Systems

Is Evove opening the era of precision engineered membranes?

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

Jun 28, 2023

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 🎙️ Chris … Read more

Salton Sea Lithium - Controlled Thermal Resources and Aquatech

How the Salton Sea may become a Lithium Cash Cow

Jun 22, 2023

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 🎙️ Antoine Walter, Podcaster in … Read more

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

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

Jun 21, 2023

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 … Read more

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

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

Jun 14, 2023

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 … Read more

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

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

Jun 7, 2023

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 🎙️ Jim Rieke – VP of Process Engineering at Veolia Water … Read more

Cover - Anaergia Rialto - Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The Rise and Fall of North America’s Largest Organic Waste to Energy Facility

Jun 5, 2023

😮 Anaergia’s flagship asset, the Rialto Bioenergy Facility, just filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. What happened? What are the problems? What’s next? Let’s review ⬇ with 🎙️ Antoine Walter, Podcaster in Chief at GF Piping Systems

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

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

May 31, 2023

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 🎙️ Robert Mintak – … Read more

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

May 25, 2023

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 🎙️ Tony Strobbe – EV supply chain Projects Director 💧 … Read more

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

May 17, 2023

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 🎙️ Benjamin Sparrow … Read more

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

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

May 3, 2023

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 … Read more

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

How to Leverage Water Risk Assessment to Unlock Business Opportunities

Apr 26, 2023

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 🎙️ Jennifer Möller-Gulland, Water Risk Expert and Water Economist for … Read more

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

Zwitterions’ Super Powers Could Solve Wastewater Membranes Number One Problem

Apr 19, 2023

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 🎙️ Alex Rappaport, CEO and Co-Founder of ZwitterCo.  💧 ZwitterCo leverages the … Read more

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

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

Apr 12, 2023

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 🎙️ Björn … Read more

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

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

Apr 5, 2023

with 🎙️ Paul Gagliardo, Judge and advisor at Imagine H2O, and Principal at Gagliacqua.      💧 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.

Water Wars - Antoine Walter - Special Episode

Water Wars in France? The 4 Riddles it Raises.

Mar 29, 2023

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 … Read more

Featured - Ben Kimura Gross - Negotiating with Goliath - How to Win at Negotiating with Powerful Stakeholders

How To Win at Negotiating With the Most Powerful Stakeholders?

Mar 22, 2023

with 🎙️ Ben Kimura Gross, CEO of Systemics Academy, Negotiation Trainer, and Mentor.      💧 At Negotiation with Goliath, Ben trains sustainability professionals and entrepreneurs to get decision-makers on their side and make your goals their goals.

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

Mar 8, 2023

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 … Read more

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

How to Leverage Life Cycle Assessment To Take Better Decisions

Feb 28, 2023

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 … Read more

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

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

Feb 22, 2023

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 … Read more

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

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

Feb 15, 2023

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 🎙️ Greg Newbloom, CEO … Read more

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

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

Feb 1, 2023

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 … Read more

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

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

Jan 25, 2023

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 … Read more

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

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

Jan 18, 2023

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 🎙️ Henry Cordes, Principal at Sciens Water 💧 Sciens is a research-driven investment fund … Read more

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

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

Jan 11, 2023

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 … Read more