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(don't) Waste Water! | Water Tech to Solve the World

❓ Ever wondered how the #WaterIndustry was reacting to our World's Water Challenges? Water Scarcity? #SDG6? PFAS? Climate Change? Circular Economy? Digitization and Smart Water? 💪 Get the Water Market pulse for free. In one hour per week, while you do the dishes! 📈 We talk water investment, water tech, water entrepreneurship and water market with entrepreneurs, thought leaders, book authors, scientists, investment funds, VCs, and C-Level experts from water majors. ➡️ Leverage their insights, advice & experience and ensure to stay on top of best practices 🗓️ Tune in every Wednesday (don't miss out! 😅) 🌐 Find all the detailed episode notes, interviews, infographics, and more at http://dww.show Currently in its 10th Season, the "(don't) Waste Water" podcast has already welcomed around 200 guests from Water Majors (SUEZ, Veolia, Jacobs, Xylem, Kemira, Evoqua, Aquatech, SKion Water...), Scale-Ups (Cambrian Innovation, Epic Cleantec, Liqtech, 374Water, Gingko Bioworks...), Start-Ups (Puraffinity, KETOS, 120Water, ZwitterCo, Membrion, Source...), Universities (Berkeley, the Columbia Water Center), Investment Funds (Sciens Water, Mazarine, Burnt Island Ventures...), Business Accelerators (Imagine H2O, Elemental...), Book Authors (Seth Siegel, David Sedlak, David Lloyd Owen...) or Market Intelligence Companies (BlueTech Research, Global Water Intelligence, World Bank, OECD, Isle Utilities...). Or simply water legends like Mina Guli or Andrew Benedek! On the "(don't) Waste Water" podcast, I strive to make the Water Industry easy to understand for everyone, starting with water professionals, executives, and investors. Hence, he opens the microphone to seasoned, inspirational water experts to discuss their field of excellence. No one can claim an all-around in-depth understanding of a matter as complex as Water. But piece by piece, you can rebuild the puzzle. With curiosity, patience, and passion, Antoine Walter explores topics such as Advanced Treatment Technologies, Water-Energy Nexus (Hydrogen, Lithium...), PFAS removal, Nature-Based Solutions, Wastewater Reuse, Distributed Water Treatments, Water Finance, and Water Entrepreneurship. I actually firmly believe that regular listeners of the "(don't) Waste Water" podcast may, in the end, claim a "Water MBA!" A particular field of interest is how innovation forms, grows and gets widely adopted in a complex and conservative field like the Water Industry. This may be one of the keys to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal n°6 - #SDG6. ABOUT ME: I'm a second-generation Water Professional - the legend says my dad traded excavator sessions for me in river banks against lunch invitations. I followed on this early start by completing a Master's in Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering, then won the "Golden Mission" contest organized by ENGIE (GDF-SUEZ). This led me to travel the Asia-Pacific region for one year to explore, amongst others, water treatment in Hong Kong, desalination facilities in Melbourne, water distribution management in Jakarta, water innovation in Singapore or social water projects in New Delhi and Gujarat. All of that was documented in videos, blog articles, radio spots, and conferences in engineering and business schools (that's where I got hooked!) I've then worked for SUEZ in Switzerland in strategic marketing, business development, and sales for the DACH and Nordic regions, with an emphasis on micropollutant removal. I then joined GF Piping Systems in 2017 to take over the business development for the company's services in Europe, then for all Water Treatment and Lithium topics worldwide. I've been a regular speaker at conferences on four continents, gave my first TEDx in 2022, and regularly acted as a host. Since 2020, I've been hosting the "(don't) Waste Water" podcast and giving lectures in Business and Engineering schools. I'm married, a happy father of three, and I'm French (nobody's perfect 😅).

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S11E4 - How SimpleLab Turned an Arsenic Removal Failure into a Lab Logistics Success
What once was a struggling Arsenic Removal company pivoted to a soaring Lab Logistics powerhouse, just about to expand from its US base to Europe! All on the back of... one simple advice you can apply today. Shall we explore this further? (of course, yes!) More #water insights? Connect with me on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ #️⃣ All the Links Mentioned in this Video #️⃣ 🔗 SimpleLab's Website: https://gosimplelab.com/ 🔗 TapScore's Website https://mytapscore.com/ 🔗 Come say Hi to Johnny on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnnypujol/ 🔗 My conversation with one of Johnny's Investor, John Robinson: https://dww.show/how-to-mitigate-4-shades-of-water-risk-through-impact-investing/ 🔗 The Rethinking Water Conference in New York (and my coverage of the Water Crisis in America): https://dww.show/water-crisis-in-america/ 🔗 My conversation with Megan Glover from 120Water: https://dww.show/whats-hidden-in-your-tap-water-dont-worry-your-utility-doesnt-really-know-better/ 🎙️ Subscribe and Listen to the Don't Waste Water Podcast HERE 🎙️ Podcast Channel: https://youtube.com/@dwwpodcast Main Channel: https://youtube.com/@AntoineWalterDWW Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-water Website: https://dww.show/podcast/ 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7 🙋 QUESTION: What would you like me to cover next? ⏰ TIME CODES ⏰ 00:00 In This Week's Episode 01:19 How to Test your Water 03:57 Who was first, SimpleLab or TapScore? 08:32 SimpleLab's Elevator Pitch 10:39 Pivoting from Arsenic Removal to Lab Logistics 15:24 Who gave SimpleLab a Winning Hint? 16:30 SimpleLab's ugly 2017 & 2018 18:14 What was SimpleLab's first product? 20:01 What did it change to Venture into B2B? 23:13 What is SimpleLab disrupting and how? 24:43 How much do Labs "love" SimpleLab? 26:29 SimpleLab's Business Model 28:07 SimpleLab vs 120Water 29:50 Who's competition to SimpleLab? 32:13 What's TapScore's Bestseller? 34:00 How should a Water Quality Test result look like? 36:49 Will TapScore roll out in Europe? 38:32 What's next for SimpleLab? 40:20 Could SimpleLab sell your Data? 44:02 What is SimpleLab's exit route? 46:15 Rapid Fire Questions 52:56 7 Insights from SimpleLab's CEO & Co-Founder 59:04 Conclusion #WaterTest #LabTest #SimpleLab #WaterTech About this Episode: Welcome to the (don't) Waste Water podcast! In each episode, Antoine Walter from DWW Media shares water, wastewater & water entrepreneurship stories. This show will teach you the water industry like you've never seen it. If you're asking how the water sector will overcome the water crises ahead, this podcast is for you.Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
59:59 24/04/2024
"How is Anyone making a Business doing this?! This is going to take forever!" - Johnny Pujol (SimpleLab)
Johnny Pujol's company, SimpleLab started with a focus on arsenic removal technology but pivoted to consumer-focused water quality testing. Their approach utilizes direct-to-consumer engagement, providing testing kits through their platform, mytapscore.com, which allows customers to understand what's in their drinking water. This model turned out to be commercially successful and scalable compared to the original technology-focused venture.Innovations in water technology can drive faster economic growth than traditional industrial investments.The central theme of the conversation is about pivoting a business model from developing arsenic removal technology to providing direct consumer water testing services. This shift occurred when the founders realized that direct engagement with customers about water quality issues through testing was more scalable and sustainable as a business model than their initial focus.Unique Insights:The company capitalized on the specific needs for community engagement and education about water quality, which were not adequately addressed by existing solutions.They utilized direct consumer feedback to pivot their business towards a more sustainable model focused on water testing rather than just technology deployment.The realization that transparency and direct consumer interaction could be a profitable business model in the water quality industry.Key Ideas:Business Pivot: The initial business model focused on a technology for arsenic removal, which was pivoted to consumer water testing due to scalability challenges and market needs.Consumer Engagement: The new business model thrives on high engagement levels with consumers, providing them with detailed information about their water quality, which has shown high demand and customer satisfaction.Market Expansion: The company is exploring further expansion into B2B sectors and international markets, adapting their successful consumer model to new demographics and regulatory environments.Quotes:"We were going to these towns in central Valley, and the best part about it is that when we tell them what's in their drinking water, everyone is listening.""You've made a company; you've filed the paperwork; you have some money in the bank. You've learned a lot.""It's like, suddenly the quiet classroom has come alive.""You should just sell water tests.""And then it just started working right? Like the magical thing happened."Counter-Intuitive Facts:Direct Consumer Testing as a Business Model: Initially, the concept of selling water tests directly to consumers was not seen as a viable business model, but it proved to be highly successful due to unmet market needs.Pivoting from Technology to Service: Pivoting from a complex arsenic removal technology to a simpler consumer service was counterintuitive but resulted in better scalability and market penetration.Community Engagement Over Pure Technology: Focusing on community engagement and education about water quality rather than just the technological solution to contamination proved more effective in building a sustainable business.Full Episode: https://dww.show/how-simplelab-turned-an-arsenic-removal-failure-into-a-lab-logistics-success/Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
01:00 24/04/2024
7 Insights from Craig Beckman (Aqua Membranes) in under 7 Minutes!
New Segment! The 7 insights to take home and act upon from my podcast guest this week: Craig Beckman.For the ones that don't have a paper and a pen with them during the interview, that's my way to share you my notes.Craig has been active in the water sector for over three decades. And even though he has the humility to highlight how "even veterans need to learn" I would trust him to have a bunch of insights to share!So here's my selection of the 7 things to take home from my conversation, and my hours of preparation and post-production, with the CEO of Aqua Membranes.Innovation Needs Grit and Laser FocusSustainability: The New Business CurrencyTech Innovations: Paving the Future of WaterStrategic Investment: Crafting the Perfect BlendMarket Adoption: Bold Moves Make the DifferenceWater's Economic Impact: Undervalued but VitalVision for Change: More Than Just a Drop in the OceanI could have taken more, but I think seven is a good chunk to go out and apply, so here you have it. If you think I've missed one that's even more important than those seven, come tell me on LinkedIn or by mail (antoine@dww.show). Remember, that episode came to you free of charge, but I would believe not free of value. It takes me quite some time to put all of those together every week, so all I'm asking is for you to help me distribute them! So take this episode, share it with a friend, a colleague, your boss, or your team, and I'll be back with another one next week!Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
06:02 12/04/2024
S11E3 - How Aqua Membranes Prints Three Dimensional Benefits for Mesh Addicts
Do you want more Flux, better energy efficiency, or lower maintenance from your Reverse Osmosis membrane? Here's where to start! More #water insights? Connect with me on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ #️⃣ All the Links Mentioned in this Video #️⃣ Aqua Membranes' YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@AquaMembranes  Aqua Membranes' website: https://aquamembranes.com/ Craig's email: craig@aquamembranes.com My "Ultimate" membrane guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUpiL_x7680 John Robinson discusses Impact Investing: https://dww.show/how-to-mitigate-4-shades-of-water-risk-through-impact-investing/ Chris Wyres presents Evove: https://dww.show/how-to-eradicate-dead-zones-cut-energy-needs-by-80-and-double-lithium-selectivity/ The Leading WaterTech Accelerator, Imagine H2O: https://dww.show/how-to-build-the-world-leading-water-innovation-accelerator-imagine-h2o/ Tom Ferguson's take on Venture Capital in #WaterTech https://dww.show/the-secret-formula-for-profit-in-water-tech-venture-capital/ Zwitterions as a new material for Membranes? https://dww.show/zwitterions-super-powers-could-solve-wastewater-membranes-number-one-problem/ 🎙️ Subscribe and Listen to the Don't Waste Water Podcast HERE 🎙️ Podcast Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@dwwpodcast Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@AntoineWalterDWW Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-water Website: https://dww.show/podcast/ 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7 🙋 QUESTION: What would you like me to cover next? ⏰ TIME CODES ⏰ 00:00 In This Week's Episode 01:20 Why Membrane Companies attracted $300 Million of Growth Capital 04:40 What is a Membrane Spacer? 06:37 What's wrong with Membrane Spacers? 08:01 Why do Membrane Majors skip the Spacers? 10:47 Does the PERFECT Membrane Spacer exist? 13:06 How far can you customize a Membrane Spacer? 14:49 How did Craig Beckman join Aqua Membranes? 18:09 Aqua Membranes' first product (and what they learned from it) 20:46 Did Failure nudge them to Give Up? 22:00 Aqua Membranes' product compatibility 23:53 Spacer, 3D-Printing or Membrane Company? 25:15 How to fit within the Membrane Vertical 29:09 How to guarantee performances as a Start-Up 33:03 Establishing Go-To Market Routes 34:59 How to License your Technology 35:57 Ramping up production capacity 36:38 Raising Money 39:25 Working with majors (Pentair & Kurita) 42:17 The pitfalls of branding as a Start-Up 45:09 The perks of start-up accelerators (Imagine H2O, BREW) 48:02 Speeding up market adoption as a Water Tech 54:13 Path to Impact (and Exit) 55:51 Building a Membrane Giant 57:46 Rapid Fire Questions 01:05:10 7 Insights to Take Home 01:10:35 Conclusion #WaterEntrepreneurs #Membranes About this Episode: Welcome to the (don't) Waste Water podcast! In each episode, Antoine Walter from DWW Media shares water, wastewater & water entrepreneurship stories. This show will teach you the water industry like you've never seen it. If you're asking how the water sector will overcome the water crises ahead, this video is for you.Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
71:30 10/04/2024
"Toray, Dupont, LG Chem... they've tried for many years! We did it." - Craig Beckman (Aqua Membranes)
AquaMembranes is a company that develops novel water treatment technologies, specifically focusing on enhancing the efficiency of reverse osmosis (RO) membranes. Their technology is designed to use less energy and improve the lifespan of membranes, thereby providing both environmental and economic benefits to communities and industries in need.The podcast features a deep dive into how water technology, particularly the innovations by AquaMembranes, plays a pivotal role in both safeguarding environmental sustainability and bolstering economic performance. Craig Beckman discusses the company’s approach to improving reverse osmosis membranes which significantly reduces energy consumption and extends membrane life—key factors in reducing operational costs and enhancing water availability. The conversation also covers the broader economic impacts of water management, investment trends in green technologies, and the challenges in scaling and adopting new technologies. Insights into the dynamics between financial goals and sustainability objectives offer a nuanced view of the water tech industry’s future.I hope this teaser makes you crave for more! If you dive into this week's full release of the podcast, you'll learn how:🚀 AquaMembranes' technology uniquely prints spacers directly onto membranes, increasing efficiency and decreasing energy use.📈 The discussion touches on the broader implications of water management on global economies, hinting at water's role as a more critical economic driver than oil.💪 Insights into the challenges and opportunities in scaling water tech innovations, particularly through partnerships and investment in sustainability-focused ventures.We also address and discuss:Water as an Economic Enabler: Water management not only supports sustainability goals but also boosts economic activity by enabling more efficient industrial and municipal water use.Innovative Water Technologies: AquaMembranes’ approach to improving RO membrane systems can dramatically reduce energy requirements and operational costs.Investment and Market Adoption: There's a significant discussion about the need for more robust investment in water technologies and the market challenges related to adopting new systems.Sustainability and Business Growth: The intersection of sustainability goals with business operations is a recurring theme, emphasizing that environmental strategies can also drive business success.Some quotes:"Water enables economies more than oil does." - Craig Beckman"Risk is worth it, fortune favors the brave." - Craig Beckman"Our sole thesis is greenhouse gas reduction." - Investor comment on shifting focus to water technologies"We're doubling down on existing markets." - Craig Beckman"You have to start somewhere." - Craig Beckman on business strategySome more facts we discuss:Despite its critical importance, water is often undervalued economically compared to other resources like oil.Water management technology can lead to significant reductions in energy usage, contrary to the assumption that environmental sustainability always comes at a higher cost.Innovations in water technology can drive faster economic growth than traditional industrial investments.Full Episode: https://dww.show/how-aqua-membranes-prints-three-dimensional-benefits-for-mesh-addicts/Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
01:00 10/04/2024
7 Insights from Julie Bliss Mullen (Aclarity) in under 7 Minutes!
New Segment! The 7 insights to take home and act upon from my podcast guest this week: Julie Bliss Mullen.For the ones that don't have a paper and a pen with them during the interview, that's my way to share you my notes.Narrowing the insights shared by Julie to just seven was a challenge, but hey, it's the rule I set, so this week I've got:Focus on Market Needs and Testing HypothesesInnovate Within Niche Markets Before ExpandingCustomer-Driven DevelopmentLeverage Strategic Partnerships and InvestmentsPreparation for Regulatory ComplianceStrategic Hiring and Team BuildingBootstrapping and Careful Financial ManagementAs I said, I could have taken more, but I think seven is a good chunk to go out and apply, so here you have it. If you think I've missed one that's even more important than those seven, come tell me on LinkedIn or by mail (antoine@dww.show). Remember, that episode came to you free of charge, but I would believe not free of value. It takes me quite some time to put all of those together every week, so all I'm asking is for you to help me distribute them! So take this episode, share it with a friend, a colleague, your boss, or your team, and I'll be back with another one next week!Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
06:41 05/04/2024
S11E2 - How Aclarity Bootstrapped its Journey from B2C to PFAS Destruction
How do you survive six years on "just" grants while hiring a team, running 15 pilots, pivoting from B2C, and succeeding in PFAS Destruction at scale where many failed? Aclarity did it! Wanna find out how and how spectacular acceleration was around the corner? Listen to this episode! More #water insights? Connect with me on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ #️⃣ All the Links Mentioned in this Episode #️⃣ Aclarity's website https://www.aclaritywater.com/ Julie Bliss Mullen's LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/julieblissmullen/Julie's Email julie.mullen@aclaritywater.comMy conversation with Sivan Zamir (Xylem Innovation Labs) https://dww.show/passing-the-baton-how-to-bring-innovation-to-market-faster-more-reliably/My conversation with Max Storto (Xylem Innovation Labs) https://dww.show/growing-10-wonder-kids-from-5-to-50-clients-with-0-equity-xylems-weirdest-move/Tom Ferguson on my mic (aka Julie's VC) https://dww.show/the-secret-formula-for-profit-in-water-tech-venture-capital/Another take on PFAS Removal with SuperCritical Water Oxidation (374Water) https://dww.show/is-supercritical-water-oxidation-a-solution-for-pfas-energy-more/Electrochemical removal of PFAS and more with Axine Water https://dww.show/the-best-industrial-wastewater-treatment-system-is-the-one-you-forget/An early take on this mic' on Micropollutant removal with Oxyle https://dww.show/how-to-solve-a-global-challenge-in-an-easy-affordable-innovative-and-efficient-way/Julie's independent Board Member, Wayne Byrne (on my mic', of course!) https://dww.show/four-successful-exits-and-counting-whats-next-disrupting-uv-disinfection/Full blog article: https://dww.show/how-aclarity-bootstrapped-its-journey-from-b2c-to-pfas-destruction/🎙️ Subscribe and Listen to the Don't Waste Water Podcast HERE 🎙️ Podcast Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@dwwpodcast Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@AntoineWalterDWW Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-water Website: https://dww.show/podcast/ 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7 🙋 QUESTION: What would you like me to cover next? ⏰ TIME CODES ⏰ 00:00 In This Week's Episode 02:18 Why is Aclarity a Water Tech "Cool Kid"?04:22 Are we doomed with PFAS?05:35 If PFAS is in 98% of people's blood, is it really dangerous? 06:43 Aclarity's elevator pitch08:06 is Aclarity competing with Ion Exchange and Activated Carbon?09:55 is Aclarity 10-50x better than competition?11:40 Aclarity's founder story14:09 The hints that nudged Julie to create Aclarity15:30 Turning academic research into a business16:48 Delegating your "baby" as a water tech founder18:53 Key Learnings from the first 3 Years in Business19:45 Aclarity's first prototype23:33 How to pick your niche26:27 How to partner with Big Groups27:46 How did big water companies find Aclarity?29:29 Working with Xylem vs Working with De Nora31:15 Bootstrapped by design?32:57 How to survive 6 years with $2 Million34:45 Handling a first VC as a Water Tech Start Up38:28 How a Seed Investor accepts next funding rounds41:15 Does company valuation matter for a water tech founder?44:15 What's next in the PFAS Removal landscape?46:30 How much does it cost to remove PFAS?47:55 Aclarity's Business Model48:57 Does Aclarity solve all kinds of PFAS?53:42 What will the EPA regulation on PFAS change?58:35 Could Aclarity be acquired? By whom?01:01:38 Rapid Fire Questions01:05:31 7 Insights to Act On (right now!)#WaterTech #WaterUnicorn #WaterEntrepreneurship About this Podcast: Welcome to the (don't) Waste Water podcast! In each episode, Antoine Walter from DWW Media shares water, wastewater & water entrepreneurship stories. This show will teach you the water industry like you've never seen it. If you're asking how the water sector will overcome the water crises ahead, this video is for you.
72:24 03/04/2024
"Is there something like this out there? This is Amazing!" - Julie Bliss Mullen (Aclarity)
Aclarity is pioneering in the field of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) destruction, developing proprietary systems - aka cool water tech - that not only treat but also destroy PFAS in liquid waste. The technology presents a significant advancement over traditional treatment methods, offering an economical and efficient solution to a pressing environmental issue.I hope this teaser makes you crave for more! If you dive into this week's full release of the podcast, you'll learn how:🚀 Aclarity’s technology signifies a radical departure from conventional PFAS treatment methods, focusing on destruction rather than containment, which could set new industry standards.📈 The market for PFAS management is dynamic, with significant growth potential, indicating room for multiple successful technologies and companies.💪 Aclarity's journey underscores the importance of agility and focus in developing and deploying breakthrough environmental technologies, especially in fields dominated by larger, less nimble entities.We also address and discuss:PFAS Challenge: PFAS compounds, due to their widespread use and persistence, pose a significant environmental and health risk, necessitating advanced solutions for their management and eradication.Technological Innovation: Aclarity's electrochemical technology represents a novel approach to PFAS destruction, with the potential to transform the industry's approach to dealing with these contaminants.Market Dynamics: The PFAS management market is evolving rapidly, driven by regulatory changes and increasing awareness of the dangers posed by these substances. Eclarity's success could help catalyze broader market growth and innovation.Strategic Partnerships: Collaborations with larger entities like Xylem or De Nora and participation in accelerator programs have helped Aclarity gain credibility, refine its technology, and access essential resources for growth.Some quotes:"PFAS destruction is hard... but we figured it out." - Julie Bliss Mullen"There's a place for all of us in the PFAS management market." - Julie Bliss Mullen"Every time we've leveled up... it's because of a fundraiser or... enjoying the team." - Julie Bliss Mullen"Full-scale economic PFAS destruction is here. Give us a chance." - Julie Bliss Mullen"If any of us are super successful, we're all gonna be super successful." - Julie Bliss MullenSome more facts we discuss:Despite the strength of the carbon-fluorine bond in PFAS, making it seemingly indestructible, Aclarity's technology is capable of breaking it down efficiently.Even as a startup, Aclarity can compete with and potentially surpass larger companies in the PFAS management sector due to its specialized focus and innovative approach.The PFAS problem is often considered too massive and costly to tackle effectively, yet Aclarity's solution offers an economical and scalable approach to not just manage but destroy these contaminants.Full Episode: https://dww.show/how-aclarity-bootstrapped-its-journey-from-b2c-to-pfas-destruction/Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
00:57 03/04/2024
S11E1 - How Gradiant Became the First and Only Water Tech Unicorn
How do you go in just a decade from an MIT lab to a billion-dollar valuation in Water Tech? Everybody thought it was impossible until... Gradiant did it! Wanna find out how and what's next? Listen to this episode! More #water insights? Connect with me on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ #️⃣ All the Links Mentioned in this Video #️⃣ Will Gradiant succeed with H+E where SUEZ, Stulz, and Rena failed? https://youtu.be/GMk99gRjRSc?si=zAWY2rfg3GXFSWt2E Gradiant's website: https://www.gradiant.com/ The Global Water Awards 2024: https://globalwaterawards.com/ Prakash Govindan's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prakash-govindan-87168310/ The 3 VCs that made money in Water Tech (the greatest success being... Gradiant): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqLn4j3w0P0 Full blog article: https://dww.show/how-gradiant-became-the-first-and-only-water-tech-unicorn/ Prakash Govindan on My Climate Journey: https://www.mcjcollective.com/my-climate-journey-podcast/gradiant 🎙️ Subscribe and Listen to the Don't Waste Water Podcast HERE 🎙️ Podcast Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@dwwpodcast Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@AntoineWalterDWW Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-water Website: https://dww.show/podcast/ 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7 🙋 QUESTION: What would you like me to cover next? ⏰ TIME CODES ⏰ 00:00 In This Week's Episode 02:29 Will Gradiant be named Water Company of the Year? 04:20 Gradiant's "Special Sauce" by Prakash Govindan 05:46 How big is Gradiant today? 07:06 Where does Gradiant's journey start? 14:33 How did Gradiant strive where Incumbents gave up? 16:38 Why did Gradiant focus on the industrial market? 18:35 What is Turing, Gradiant's new AI spin out? 20:25 When did Gradiant start expanding its water tech portfolio? 23:02 How does Gradiant open a new region? 26:10 The secret to Gradiant's "Proprietary Deals" 30:50 How does Gradiant engineer its "unfair advantage" 31:23 Gradiant's unbelievable employee participation scheme 33:41 What's next after their record-breaking Series D? 36:53 Will Gradiant ever enter the municipal market? 38:04 Are Gradiant's founders ready to pass the baton? 39:53 Gradiant's new verticals: PFAS & DLE 42:20 Gradiant's two aces up their PFAS Removal sleeve 45:33 Gradiant's M&A tricks 48:18 Succeeding with H+E Mission Impossible? 50:07 Gradiant's plans for Europe 50:46 Gradiant's next M&A moves 51:50 What makes Gradiant the 2024 Water Company of the Year? 54:38 Rapid Fire Questions 57:53 7 Insights from the First Ever Water Tech Unicorn #WaterTech #WaterUnicorn #WaterEntrepreneurship About this Podcast: Welcome to the (don't) Waste Water podcast! In each episode, Antoine Walter from DWW Media shares water, wastewater & water entrepreneurship stories. This show will teach you the water industry like you've never seen it. If you're asking how the water sector will overcome the water crises ahead, this video is for you.Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
62:20 25/03/2024
"Gradiant is the Google of the Water Industry" - Prakash Govindan (Gradiant)
What will you learn about Gradiant, the first-ever Water Tech Unicorn, if you listen to this week's release of the Podcast? Well, I have seven insights for you, starting with number one:Innovative Business Model and Focus on Proprietary Solutions: A significant portion of Gradiant's projects (60%) are sole-sourced, meaning they face no competition for these projects because they develop the solution from scratch for their client. This approach underscores the importance of offering bespoke, innovative solutions to clients' unique problems, a strategy that can be crucial for startups, sure, but also for anyone aiming to differentiate themselves in the competitive and sometimes commoditized water market!Emphasis Rapid Technology Development: Gradiant's success is partly attributed to their philosophy of pushing technology to market quickly, embracing the concept of Minimum Viable Product (MVP). They focus on developing technologies that are good enough to solve the problem at hand and getting them into the field for testing, rather than waiting for a perfect solution. This approach accelerates adoption and allows for real-world feedback to refine that said technology.Attracting and Retaining Talent through Generous Incentives: If Prakash is so certain that Gradiant's special sauce lies in its people, it's no wonder that Gradiant has set a high industry standard by allocating 7% of the company for employee participation, excluding the founders. This generous approach to employee equity is indicative of the value they place on their team's contribution to the company's success and can serve as a model for how startups might consider structuring their own incentive programs.Building a Strong Company Culture and Team: I just touched on how Gradiant attributes a large part of their success to the quality of their team and the company culture they have cultivated. Well, this emphasis on assembling a talented and culturally cohesive team highlights the importance of not just technical skills, but also the alignment of values and vision within the company.Leveraging Acquisitions for Strategic Growth: Gradiant's strategic acquisitions, particularly in markets where organic growth would be too slow or challenging, demonstrate the value of targeted M&A activities to rapidly expand capabilities and market presence. There's again a talent aspect to this, as their approach to keeping and incentivizing the talent within acquired companies further emphasizes the importance of people in Gradiant's growth strategy. Adapting Business Models to Market Needs: Gradiant's ability to adapt their business model, such as the Build-Own-Operate (BOO) approach that got them started in Oil & Gas and still gets applied today on certain projects, showcases their flexibility in meeting client needs and market demands. This adaptability is a critical strategy for navigating the complex and varied global water market. Note as well that they don't claim they've been super clever in using this approach; they actually "stole" it from their customers! Listen and adapt; there's win-win potential in that.Emphasis on R&D and Innovation Centers: The establishment of innovation centers in strategic locations underscores Gradiant's commitment to continuous innovation and development of bespoke solutions. This approach not only fuels their pipeline of proprietary technologies but also positions them as a globally local leader in water tech and in the water industry. I could have taken more, but I think seven is a good chunk to go out and apply, so here you have it. If you think I've missed one that's even more important than those seven, come tell me on LinkedIn or by mail (my mail is in the description). Full Episode: https://dww.show/how-gradiant-became-the-first-and-only-water-tech-unicorn/Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
00:58 25/03/2024
Did Any VC Investor Ever Make Money in Water Tech?
Video Version: https://youtu.be/8hjsmIyC9ggDid $330 Million Go To Waste in 2023 in Water Tech? 72 Venture Capital deals were closed last year (out of 106 deals overall), which, according to later-stage investors like Brian Iversen, is, at best, a gamble. So is it? Let's find out! More #water insights? Connect with me on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ #️⃣ All the Links Mentioned in this Video #️⃣ Brian Iversen's article - Why Venture Capital is Failing in Water Brian Iversen on the DWW Podcast Tom Ferguson on the DWW Podcast 🎙️ Subscribe and Listen to the Don't Waste Water Podcast HERE 🎙️ Podcast Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@dwwpodcast Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@AntoineWalterDWW Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-water Website: https://dww.show/podcast/ 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7 🙋 QUESTION: What would you like me to cover next? ⏰ TIME CODES ⏰ 00:00 Growth Capital investment in Water Tech in 2023 01:04 The investor that didn't believe in VC for Water Tech 02:56 The Rules 03:23 VC 1 that may have earned money in Water Tech 04:25 How much? 06:53 VC 2 that made a big buck in Water Tech 08:28 How much? 10:19 VC 3 who won a jackpot in Water Tech 12:08 How much? 13:47 VC 3 reacts (unexpectedly!) 14:20 Summary & Next Steps🎵 MUSIC 🎵 Don't Start Now (Instrumental) by Dua Lipa, https://t.lickd.co/enLNMWkMoB2 License ID: 28j6xQa8yA9 Rise (Instrumental) by Jonas Blue, https://t.lickd.co/7bPkg1VX2Py License ID: DlJlvwog6OY Sorry (Instrumental) by Justin Bieber, https://t.lickd.co/eg8RdoR5vOP License ID: qbMDEn2dvy0 Viva La Vida (Instrumental) by Coldplay, https://t.lickd.co/RlK5P5A4nW8 License ID: eJmJAw6RLWo #WaterInvestment #WaterTech #WaterFinance About this Channel: Welcome to the (don't) Waste Water channel! In each episode, Antoine Walter from DWW Media shares water, water tech, water finance & water entrepreneurship stories. This show will teach you the water industry like you've never seen it. If you're asking how the water sector will overcome the water crises ahead, this video is for you.Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
15:14 22/03/2024
S10E20 - An Unpopular & Challenging (yet True?) Take on Venture Capital in Water
Did $330 Million Go To Waste in 2023 in Water Tech? 72 Venture Capital deals were closed last year, which, according to Brian Iversen, is, at best, a gamble. Wanna get his rationale? Then listen to this episode! More #water insights? Connect with me on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ #️⃣ All the Links Mentioned in this Video #️⃣ Cimbria Capital https://cimbriacapital.com/ Cimbria Consulting https://cimbria-consulting.com/ Cimbria Nord https://www.linkedin.com/company/cimbria-nord/ Why Venture Capital is Failing in Water https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-venture-capital-failing-water-brian-v-iversen/ Brian Iversen's LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianviversen/ Tom Ferguson on the DWW Podcast https://dww.show/the-secret-formula-for-profit-in-water-tech-venture-capital/ Reinhard Hübner on the DWW Podcast https://dww.show/the-7-secrets-of-the-water-company-of-the-year-you-shall-absolutely-steal/ Paul O'Callaghan on the DWW Podcast https://dww.show/how-long-will-it-take-to-grow-the-4-stages-of-water-innovation/ John Robinson on the DWW Podcast https://dww.show/how-to-mitigate-4-shades-of-water-risk-through-impact-investing/ My full blog entry: https://dww.show/an-unpopular-challenging-yet-true-take-on-venture-capital-in-water/🎙️ Subscribe and Listen to the Don't Waste Water Podcast HERE 🎙️ Podcast Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@dwwpodcast Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@AntoineWalterDWW Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-water Website: https://dww.show/podcast/ 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewa... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWat... 🙋 QUESTION: What would you like me to cover next? ⏰ TIME CODES ⏰ 00:00 In This Week's Episode 02:18 Did someone ever succeed with Venture Capital in Water? 05:06 Introducing Brian Iversen (Cimbria Capital) 06:07 Is Brian's 2019 Article on Venture Capital still valid in 2024? 11:32 The Problem with Venture Capital in Water Tech 13:44 What are Cimbria Capital, Consulting and Nord? 17:29 What is Cimbria investing in? 19:19 What's Cimbria's Typical Participation in their investments? 21:06 Does Cimbria target specific verticals? 22:52 Could Venture Capital succeed in subsections of the Water Market? 25:46 Is Investing in Water Tech REALLY risky? 30:11 Are Membrane Companies VC's Darling? 35:52 What's the story of Cimbria's First Exit? 37:43 How does Growth Equity rebuild a Midsized Companies Layer? 38:49 Is a struggling company the perfect investment? 39:56 How does Cimbria source its investment deals? 41:08 Could Cimbria become an acquisition target? 42:37 What is Cimbria building over the long run? 44:16 Is ESG Investment any serious? 46:01 Rapid Fire Questions #WaterInvestment #WaterTech #WaterFinanceAbout this Podcast: Welcome to the (don't) Waste Water podcast! In each episode, Antoine Walter from DWW Media shares water, wastewater & water entrepreneurship stories. This show will teach you the water industry like you've never seen it. If you're asking how the water sector will overcome the water crises ahead, this video is for you.Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
50:57 20/03/2024
S10E19 - How to Improve Water Resilience with Israel's National Water Company
Water resilience, especially in the face of climate change, demands innovative and strategic solutions. Mekorot, Israel's national water company, exemplifies this by advancing water management and infrastructure to ensure sustainable water supply amidst growing challenges. More #water insights? Connect with me on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ #️⃣ All the Links Mentioned in this Video #️⃣ Yossi Yaacoby's Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yossi-yaacoby-9b05bb34/Global Water Summit (including the Water Resilience workshop): https://www.watermeetsmoney.com/Mekorot's Website: https://www.mekorot.co.il/OECD's report on Climate Resilient Infrastructure: https://www.oecd.org/environment/cc/policy-perspectives-climate-resilient-infrastructure.pdfWhat does resilience mean for urban water services: https://www.jstor.org/stable/26270048Global Water Resilience Analysis of Water Distribution Systems: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0043135416307473🎙️ Subscribe and Listen to the Don't Waste Water Podcast HERE 🎙️ Podcast Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@dwwpodcast Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@AntoineWalterDWW Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-water Website: https://dww.show/podcast/ 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewa... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWat... 🙋 QUESTION: What would you like me to cover next? ⏰ TIME CODES ⏰ 00:00 In This Week's Episode 02:50 Introducing Water Resilience04:40 Work with me!05:14 Introducing Yossi Yaacoby07:04 Mekorot's Elevator Pitch09:05 Mekorot's Role in the Water Start-Up Nation10:40 Water Resilience as a key Pillar of Mekorot's approach13:57 Climate Change's influence on Infrastructure Planning16:41 Concrete Examples of Climate Adaptation by Mekorot21:41 Mekorot's role in the World's Water Resilience24:01 Mekorot's International Activities26:19 Nature Based Solutions by Mekorot28:29 Who will emulate Israel's National Water Law?30:48 Mekorot's Water Resilience Workshop at the Global Water Summit 202432:55 A water resilience workshop: for whom?34:42 Mekorot's role in the 10 Years to come36:21 Rapid Fire Questions#WaterResilience #Mekorot #GWS24About this Podcast: Welcome to the (don't) Waste Water podcast! In each episode, Antoine Walter from DWW Media shares water, wastewater & water entrepreneurship stories. This show will teach you the water industry like you've never seen it. If you're asking how the water sector will overcome the water crises ahead, this video is for you.Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
41:06 13/03/2024
S10E18 - How to Overcome the 6 Water Crises Ahead. The Rise of Small Scale Solutions?
We've got 6 water crises to solve: Water for the wealthy, the many, the unconnected, for good health, for food, and for ecosystems. How do we do that? Let's ask David Sedlak, the author of "Water for All" More #water insights? Connect with me on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ #️⃣ All the Links Mentioned in this Video #️⃣ David Sedlak's Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-sedlak-723b6937/ David Sedlak's "Water for All" https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300256932/water-for-all/ David Sedlak's "Water 4.0" https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt5vksm5 David Lloyd Owen's "Global Water Funding" https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-49454-4 Matt Damon & Gary White's "Worth of Water" https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/635415/the-worth-of-water-by-gary-white-and-matt-damon/ Peter Gleick's "Three Ages of Water" https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/62873953 My full Blog Entry about today's topic https://dww.show/how-to-overcome-the-6-water-crises-ahead-the-rise-of-small-scale-solutions/ My conversation with David Lloyd Owen https://dww.show/3-paths-to-reach-sdg-6-by-2050-all-our-hopes-are-on-3/ My interview with Upmanu Lall https://dww.show/are-amazon-water-filters-the-best-way-to-quench-our-thirst/ My conversation with Piers Clark: https://dww.show/how-will-the-trial-reservoir-change-piloting-forever-and-for-good/ My full coverage of the UN Water Conference: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrmORG1scuqLQKWDuQWTKx9P8jPKvAZ9o&si=es59aiiyynlPJx72 🎙️ Subscribe and Listen to the Don't Waste Water Podcast HERE 🎙️ Podcast Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@dwwpodcast Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@AntoineWalterDWW Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-water Website: https://dww.show/podcast/ 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewa... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWat... 🙋 QUESTION: What would you like me to cover next? ⏰ TIME CODES ⏰ 00:00 In This Week's Episode 01:49 David Sedlak's "Water for All" 03:59 Introducing David Sedlak 05:50 What did "Water 4.0" accomplish over the past 10 years? 08:20 What led to the Writing of "Water for All"? 11:17 What prevents us from solving the 6 Water Crises? 13:01 How do we zoom out to find the right holistic solution? 14:40 At what level shall we reach this holistic view of the challenge? 15:56 What's the public's understanding of the water crises ahead? 18:25 Do we educate the public enough on the water crises ahead? 23:00 Where on earth can we already see the Future in action? 24:39 How could we better support water tech early adopters? 27:31 Are we using our limited financial means efficiently? 31:54 What's the space for innovative solution-driven approaches? 34:45 What's to save from the 2023 UN Water Conference 38:17 Can we achieve SDG6? By when? 40:32 Should we support access to water to avoid massive water migration? 42:14 What's the role of water in geopolitical conflicts? 43:56 What's the role of technology in solving the water crises? 49:51 Who needs to read the book? 52:16 What's one story that stands out in the book? 53:59 Are you a change maker? 56:14 Rapid Fire Questions #WaterCrises #WaterBook #WaterPolicy About this Podcast: Welcome to the (don't) Waste Water podcast! In each episode, Antoine Walter from DWW Media shares water, wastewater & water entrepreneurship stories. This show will teach you the water industry like you've never seen it. If you're asking how the water sector will overcome the water crises ahead, this video is for you.Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
59:46 06/03/2024
S10E17 - The Do’s and Don’ts of Rural Water Supply (100 Days after MrBeast's Big Splash)
If you're wondering how to do water development even better (having seen MrBeast's 100 Wells for Africa masterpiece), listen to this!More #water insights? Connect with me on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/Wanna work with me? Let's chat: antoine@dww.show#️⃣ All the Links Mentioned in this Video #️⃣Kerstin's website: https://ask-for-water.ch/Skat foundation's website: https://skat-foundation.ch/Rural Water Supply Network's website: https://www.rural-water-supply.net/en/RWSN's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@rural-water-supply-networkMy full blog article: https://dww.show/the-dos-and-donts-of-rural-water-supply-100-days-after-mrbeasts-big-splash/My comments on MrBeast's Video: https://youtu.be/Gyd1RaIF4tU?si=C5Ma3VCcpf53PS4EMy two cents on Water Charities: https://youtu.be/MI2J2oRszCA?si=SuEBr7Kecw88Hf6wDavid Danberger's TED Talk: https://youtu.be/HGiHU-agsGY?si=Va9joHecXvmSmBis🔗 Global Water's Real Water🔗 Uptime Water🎙️ Subscribe and Listen to the Don't Waste Water Podcast HERE 🎙️Podcast Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@dwwpodcast YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@AntoineWalterDWWSmartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste...Website: https://dww.show/podcast/👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewa...Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWat...🙋 QUESTION: What would you like me to cover next?⏰ TIME CODES ⏰00:00 In This Week's Episode01:48 2400 Stadiums Full for a Water Story!05:41 Introducing Kirsten Danert & Sean Furey10:14 549 Million People in Rural Areas don't have access to Water13:59 Is it Safe to drink Groundwater without Treatment?15:50 What are the steps that Precede and Follow the Drilling of a Well?19:47 Do Local Communities still trust Governments for their Access to Water?21:54 What is the Lifetime of an NGO-installed Handpump in Sub-Saharan Africa?27:17 Is Finance the main Road Block in terms of access to Safe Water?28:49 Why can't we solve the apparently "simple" economic equation of access to Safe Water?35:05 Should we defocus from water in order to better solve... water?39:27 Would Generalizing micro-credit approaches be a viable solution?41:59 Is "Money" clever enough to understand the full cycle of a Water Development Project?48:58 What are 3 "DOs" and 3 "DON'Ts" of Water Development Projects?51:25 What does it change that MrBeast focuses 155 Million people's attention on water development?54:49 Rapid Fire Questions#WaterDevelopment #sdg6 About the Podcast:Welcome to the (don't) Waste Water podcast! In each episode, Antoine Walter from DWW Media shares water, wastewater & water entrepreneurship stories. This show will teach you the water industry like you've never seen it. If you're asking how the water sector will overcome the water crises ahead, this podcast is for you.Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
62:53 28/02/2024
WTF is Happening with Water Stocks?
Video Version: https://youtu.be/8hjsmIyC9ggDiving into the world of water stocks is like riding a roller coaster that's mostly going down. Imagine putting your hard-earned money into companies that promise to clean water or make our water use smarter, only to find out later that your investment has shrunk big time! And the other way round: imagine you've worked decades to build a water company, and you're turning it public, and its valuation is only going down, and down, and even more down... I looked into 50-ish listed water tech companies to get to the bottom of what's happening with water stocks. It's not about pointing out any bad apples; it's about understanding a trend where even the companies that were supposed to be the next big thing in water tech are struggling to keep their stock prices from dropping. Why is this happening? It's not because these companies aren't trying to do great things for our planet. They are! But turning groundbreaking water technology into a successful business is a long and bumpy road. Plus, many investors jump in excited by the big promises but bail out when they realize it's not a quick win. This leaves these pioneering water tech companies in a tough spot. They need money to grow and make their technologies work on a big scale, but if their stock prices fall, getting that money becomes really hard. So, what can they, you, we do? We need to get smarter about investing in water tech. We need to understand that backing these companies is not just for a quick profit but for helping them build something that matters - which in turn, don't worry, will turn in money.#WaterStocks #WaterInvestment #WaterTech🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️ Website: https://dww.show/podcast/ Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-water 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWaterPodcast Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
15:21 21/02/2024
S10E16 - The Secret Formula for Profit in Water Tech Ventures (Tom Ferguson's Unfair Advantage)
with 🎙️ Tom Ferguson - Founder and Managing Partner @ Burnt Island VenturesH2Oracle: h2oracle.dww.showLet's speak: antoine@dww.showMain Idea: Venture capital plays a crucial role in supporting water entrepreneurs and fostering innovation in the water sector, emphasizing the need for strategic investment and entrepreneurial agility to address the pressing challenges and opportunities within the industry.Burnt Island Ventures: Burnt Island Ventures is a specialist early-stage fund for the water sector that finds, funds, and supports the best founders in water. Under Tom Ferguson's lead, BIV ignited a "water fire" from its first $30 million fund that closed in early 2022, and now holds stakes in 16 companies (such as ZwitterCo, Aclarity, Ziptility or Daupler)Key Ideas:Venture Capital in the Water Sector: Burnt Island Ventures applies venture capital principles to the water industry, aiming to identify and support startups that can significantly impact water sustainability and management.Entrepreneurial Approach to Water Challenges: Tom Ferguson's journey from the Carbon Disclosure Project to Burnt Island Ventures illustrates the entrepreneurial mindset needed to tackle water-related challenges innovatively.Tom's unfair advantage: Having intensively worked with water entrepreneurs at Imagine H2O, before and beyond, BIV's Managing Partner knows what to look for in a successful water entrepreneur and hence can improve repeatability in company performancesInvestment Philosophy and Strategy: Burnt Island Ventures' strategy focuses on identifying startups with the potential for significant impact, emphasizing the importance of entrepreneurial market fit and the ability to navigate the unique challenges of the water industry.Future of Water Entrepreneurship: The discussion suggests a growing interest and opportunity in water-related ventures driven by increasing challenges in water management and sustainability efforts.Summary: Tom Ferguson's discussion provides an in-depth look at how venture capital can catalyze innovation in the water sector. Starting with his background in sustainability and the Carbon Disclosure Project, Ferguson outlines his journey to founding Burnt Island Ventures, motivated by the potential to make a significant impact on water management through strategic investments. The firm's distributed team structure and focus on digital workflows reflect modern business practices, allowing for flexibility and a global perspective on water challenges. Ferguson emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurial market fit and the unique approach Burnt Island Ventures takes in selecting startups for investment, including the critical role of understanding the water sector's complexities and potential for innovation. The conversation also highlights the growing trend of water entrepreneurship, driven by the urgent need for sustainable water solutions and the opportunities for venture capital to support transformative technologies and business models in this space.Links:🔗 Have a look at Burnt Island Ventures' website🔗 Read the BIV Blog🔗 Listen to the Fundamental Molecule🔗 Read Brian Iversen's article I refer to in the introduction🔗 Come say hi to Tom on LinkedIn🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️Website: https://dww.show/podcast/Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-waterFull Article: https://dww.show/big-data-deeper-insights-crafting-smarter-water-strategies/👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWaterPodcast
68:54 14/02/2024
S10E15 - Micro-Dosed Lithium: Tap Water's Health Hack?
with 🎙️ Sudhir Gadh - CEO & Founder @ Third Element WaterH2Oracle: h2oracle.dww.showLet's speak: antoine@dww.showMicro-dosed Lithium is a surprisingly under-researched field of water science, yet it seems to present a wealth of advantages (as I discovered in this deep dive that kind of fell on me!) Adding a micro-dose of lithium to tap water could offer numerous health benefits, including improved heart function, bone formation, obesity and diabetes management, reduced risks of Alzheimer's, and more, due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Unique InsightsLithium, at micro-doses, is linked to a wide array of health benefits, including lower rates of suicide, homicide, and various chronic diseases, without significant reported adverse effects.Despite the potential health benefits of micro-dosed lithium, there is a notable lack of regulation and research into its use in drinking water, highlighting a gap in public health policies.The historical stigma associated with lithium, primarily due to its use in treating severe mental disorders, may contribute to the current lack of traction for micro-dosed lithium as a health supplement.Key IdeasHealth Benefits of Lithium: Studies suggest that micro-doses of lithium in drinking water can lead to lower rates of suicide, homicide, and Alzheimer's disease. It has also been linked to greater overall wellness, enhanced cognitive abilities, and a potential slowing down of aging processes.Lithium's Regulatory Void: Despite its potential benefits, there are no specific regulations regarding the presence of lithium in drinking water, leading to a lack of awareness and control over its consumption.Historical Context: The use of lithium in beverages and medical treatments in the past led to both therapeutic benefits and health controversies, influencing current perceptions and regulations of its use.Current Research and Evidence: Recent studies continue to support the health benefits of lithium, yet there remains a significant gap in research, especially regarding its low-dose effects and potential adverse outcomes.The Role of Bottled Mineral Water: Some bottled waters naturally contain lithium in micro-doses, yet there is no obligation to label or promote this fact, leaving consumers unaware of their intake.General SummaryThis podcast episode delves into the surprising health benefits of adding a micro-dose of lithium to tap water, ranging from enhanced cardiac function and bone formation to reduced risks of various diseases. The conversation between the host and Sudhir Gadh, a psychiatrist and representative of Third Element Water, explores the scientific studies supporting these claims and the history of lithium's use and perception in society. Despite the evidence, there's a notable lack of regulation and research on lithium's low-dose use in drinking water, raising questions about public health policies. The episode also touches on the historical stigma around lithium, its depiction in popular culture, and the current opportunities and challenges in promoting its health benefits more widely.Links:🔗 Have a look at Third Element Water's Website: https://thirdelementwater.com/🔗 Come say hi to Sudhir Gadh on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sudhir-gadh-844a5419/🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️Website: https://dww.show/podcast/Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-waterFull Article: https://dww.show/micro-dosed-lithium-tap-waters-health-hack/👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWaterPodcast➡️ Useful Links:Sciens Water: https://www.scienswater.comHosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
19:45 07/02/2024
Full Interview - Sudhir Gadh - Micro-Dosed Lithium - Third Element Water
The detailed deep dive into micro-dosed lithium with context and research is in this week's main episode, so here's a bonus with my full interview with Sudhir Gadh, the CEO & Founder of Third Element Water.Main IdeaAdding micro-dosed lithium to drinking water can significantly enhance health, from improving mental well-being and brain health to reducing the risk of chronic diseases, offering a simple yet profound way to boost public health through water mineralization.ParticipantsAntoine Walter: Host.Sudhir Gadh: CEO & Founder @ Third Element Water.Third Element WaterThird Element Water is a company that specializes in bottling lithiated water found in West Texas. Their mission extends beyond selling water; they aim to raise awareness about the importance of mineral content in water, specifically highlighting lithium for its numerous health benefits.Unique InsightsMicro-dosed lithium in drinking water has been linked to a range of health benefits, including improved mental health and reduced chronic disease risk, without the high costs or side effects associated with pharmaceutical interventions.The presence of lithium in water sources worldwide suggests a natural basis for its health benefits, underscoring the potential for widespread, low-cost public health improvements.The initiative challenges current norms and regulations surrounding drinking water, proposing a shift towards mineral-enhanced water for broader health benefits.Key IdeasHealth Benefits of Lithium: Lithium, even in micro-doses, can improve electrical balance in the body, potentially offering benefits for conditions like COVID-19 and post-COVID syndrome, enhancing brain health, and promoting overall wellness.Enhancing Water with Minerals: Sudhir Gadh discusses the concept of not just cleaning water but enhancing it with minerals like lithium, akin to practices with fluoride and chloride, to address deficiencies and improve public health.Regulatory and Perception Challenges: The initiative faces challenges related to public perception and regulatory norms, as well as the need for education and awareness to overcome skepticism and embrace the health benefits of mineral-enhanced water.Business and Deployment Strategy: Third Element Water aims to operate both B2C and B2B, selling their lithium-enhancement product directly to consumers and working with municipalities to improve public water supplies.Key PointsSudhir Gadh introduces Third Element Water and its focus on lithiated water.Discussion on the broad health benefits of micro-dosed lithium in water.Lithium's role alongside other minerals in enhancing water quality.Challenges in changing public perception and regulatory standards for drinking water.Strategy for deploying lithium-enhanced water solutions to the public and municipalities.Quotes"We are electrical beings, and so small amounts actually improve electrical balance immunologically.""The latest research...is that there's less not just suicide, homicide, crime, Alzheimer's, psychosis, but there is greater wellness.""We enhanced salt...we enhanced toothpaste and water now with fluoride. We're just moving to what's sensible."Counter-Intuitive FactsLithium as a Health Enhancer: Commonly associated with treating bipolar disorder at high doses, lithium in micro-doses can significantly improve public health with minimal risk.Enhancing Water to Improve Health: Unlike the conventional focus on removing contaminants, adding lithium and other minerals to water can address nutrient deficiencies and enhance health.Accessible and Affordable Health Solution: Contrary to expectations, enhancing water with lithium is a low-cost strategy that could deliver significant health benefits without the need for expensive medical interventions.Full Article: https://dww.show/micro-dosed-lithium-tap-waters-health-hack/Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
11:16 07/02/2024
How to Make You Drink Human Waste (w. Better Arguments)
Video Version: https://youtu.be/8hjsmIyC9ggWater reuse is crucial for addressing water scarcity and has many environmental, agricultural, and economic benefits. Yet, despite technological advancements and proven safety, public acceptance remains a challenge due to misconceptions and the importance of communication strategies. What we'll discuss today: 🥹 The success of water reuse projects is significantly influenced by public perception and media coverage, with emotional appeals often outweighing rational arguments. 💪 Best practices for gaining public acceptance of water reuse include careful framing of the discussion, gradual implementation, and focusing on the treatment process rather than the water's source. 🈷️ The terminology used to describe reused water can greatly affect public acceptance, with terms emphasizing purity and quality being more favorable. But also: Technology and Safety of Water Reuse: Advances in water treatment technologies allow for the production of water that exceeds drinking standards, demonstrating that water reuse is a viable solution to water scarcity. Public Perception and Media Influence: The case of Toowoomba illustrates how public opposition and negative media coverage can derail water reuse projects, emphasizing the need for effective communication and engagement strategies. Economic and Environmental Benefits: Beyond addressing water scarcity, water reuse offers numerous benefits, including reduced pollution, enhanced agricultural productivity, and groundwater recharge. Strategies for Public Acceptance: Drawing from cases like Singapore, strategies such as educating the media, using positive terminology, and showcasing successful examples are critical for overcoming resistance. Importance of Gradual Implementation: Introducing reused water incrementally, starting with non-potable applications or industrial use, can help build public trust and acceptance over time.#WaterReuse #WastewaterReuse #NEWater #ReclaimedWater #Reuse🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️ Website: https://dww.show/podcast/ Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-water 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWaterPodcast Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
17:55 05/02/2024
S10E14 - Big Data, Deeper Insights: Crafting Smarter Water Strategies
with 🎙️ Kimberly Nelson - COO @ True ElementsH2Oracle: h2oracle.dww.showLet's speak: antoine@dww.showMain Idea: In a rapidly evolving world, integrating and understanding complex environmental data is crucial for effective decision-making. Leveraging state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive data analysis is key to preserving our natural resources, especially water.True Elements: True Elements is a pioneering water intelligence company. They specialize in aggregating diverse data sets and applying advanced technologies like AI and machine learning to provide comprehensive insights into water quality and related environmental issues. Their unique approach consolidates and normalizes data from various sources, making it visually accessible and actionable for decision-makers in business, government, and non-profits. True Elements' mission is to equip stakeholders with the necessary tools to make informed decisions for water resource management and environmental resiliency.Unique Insights:The concept of "Water Intelligence" is emerging as a vital tool in environmental protection, combining advanced technologies with diverse data for better decision-making.True Elements' approach to environmental data aggregation and analysis represents a significant leap in how we manage and understand water resources.The partnership between True Elements and Waterkeeper Alliance showcases a model for strategic collaborations in environmental resiliency.Key Ideas:Water Intelligence: True Elements introduces "Water Intelligence," a concept combining technology, scientific analysis, and data aggregation to improve water resource management.Data Aggregation: The company focuses on collecting and normalizing data from numerous sources, offering a comprehensive picture of water resources.Environmental Impact: True Elements' work highlights the critical need for better data management and analysis to understand and mitigate environmental impacts effectively.Strategic Partnerships: The collaboration with Waterkeeper Alliance demonstrates a strategic approach to leveraging localized knowledge and data for global environmental protection.Technology in Environmental Resiliency: The use of AI and machine learning in environmental protection marks a significant advancement in the field.Summary: In this conversation with Kimberly Nelson, COO of True Elements, we explore the crucial role of technology in environmental protection. True Elements exemplifies innovation in the environmental sector by introducing "Water Intelligence," a concept that blends state-of-the-art technology, scientific analysis, and comprehensive data aggregation. This approach provides decision-makers with actionable insights, significantly improving water resource management. The company's strategic partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance highlights the power of combining local volunteer efforts with advanced data analysis for global environmental impact. Nelson's journey, from her early days in government to her role at Microsoft, and now at True Elements, underscores the growing importance of technology in environmental resiliency. This evolution in data management and analysis, as discussed in the podcast, is critical for understanding and mitigating environmental impacts in an increasingly complex world..Links:🔗 Have a look at True Element's website🔗 Get to understand the Water Intelligence concept🔗 Start you water stewardship journey with this interactive tool🔗 Come say hi to Kimberly on Linkedin🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️Website: https://dww.show/podcast/Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-waterFull Article: https://dww.show/big-data-deeper-insights-crafting-smarter-water-strategies/👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWaterPodcast➡️ Useful Links:Sciens Water: https://www.scienswater.com
47:03 01/02/2024
"For those people who say, we don't need new innovation, I say, then get out of the way!" - Kimberly Nelson - True Elements
I'm pretty sure nobody ever noticed the butterfly effect in real life. Changing a little parameter somewhere, which leads to unexpected consequences at a total other end of the system, might probably happen on a daily basis, but first, as I said, you'd have to notice and, second to understand that the effect you're seeing is, in fact, linked to the tiny change somewhere else. We can accept that as a fact and try to master our silos to the best of our abilities, or we can see the continuous advancements in artificial intelligence as the missing link that finally enables us to get more holistic in the comprehension of our systems!For instance, what if super tiny levels of certain components in drinking water had macro consequences, positive or negative, on human health? What if private worksites on a section of a watershed had tremendous consequences on the water risk downstream? What used to be conjectures drawn on a napkin now become data trends you can spot and link in the era of artificial intelligence and machine learning.Not ChatGPT or MidJourney style, but soft sensor and data crunching style. If you've been listening to this podcast for a while, first, thanks a lot, great choice, I appreciate; then you might recall a topic that we've quite extensively covered on this microphone. So, what's different today with True Elements? I'll let Kim explain in great detail in just a minute, but I'd say it's a matter of scale. We've seen in the past how modeling, machine learning, or AI can help within a plant, an industrial site, or a city with use cases all across the board. Well, True Elements' Water Intelligence introduces the watershed level as one of the many levels where they aim to create value. Full Episode: https://dww.show/big-data-deeper-insights-crafting-smarter-water-strategies/Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
02:07 01/02/2024
S10E13 - The Economic Incentives of the Water Reuse Revolution
with 🎙️ Aaron Tartakovsky - CEO & Co-Founder @ Epic CleantecH2Oracle: h2oracle.dww.showLet's speak: antoine@dww.showMain Idea: Change in water reuse practices is essential due to growing water scarcity and infrastructure challenges. Overcoming public perception and outdated regulations is key to adopting more sustainable water management systems.Epic Cleantec: Epic CleanTech, co-founded by Aaron Tartakovsky, is a pioneering firm in the water reuse sector. The company specializes in transforming wastewater into reusable water, primarily for urban environments. By utilizing innovative technologies like membrane bioreactors, Epic CleanTech helps buildings and communities reduce their water footprint. Their approach includes decentralized water treatment solutions, promoting sustainability and efficiency in water use.Unique Insights:Inertia in Water Management: The podcast highlights the inertia in changing water management practices, rooted in centuries-old centralized systems, which poses a significant challenge to adopting water reuse.Economic Impacts Drive Change: The realization that water scarcity directly impacts economic activities, like construction and agriculture, is accelerating the adoption of water reuse practices.Policy as an Enabler and Barrier: Policy plays a dual role - both as a barrier and an enabler in the adoption of water reuse technologies. Proactive policy changes are essential for wider adoption.Key Ideas:Centuries-Old Water Systems: Modern water systems are still based on ancient principles, making the shift to water reuse challenging.Necessity Driving Innovation: Water scarcity is pushing cities and companies to adopt water reuse out of necessity.Economic Incentives: Financial implications are a significant factor driving the adoption of water reuse systems.Policy's Role: Existing policies often hinder water reuse; changing them is crucial for progress.Decentralized vs. Centralized Systems: The coexistence and collaboration of decentralized and centralized water systems are essential for future resilience.Public Perception: Overcoming public misconceptions about recycled water is crucial for acceptance.Technological Innovation in Water Reuse: Advancements in technologies like membrane bioreactors and digital solutions are key to efficient water reuse.Global Interest in Water Reuse Models: There's growing global interest in Epic CleanTech's model, indicating a shift in water reuse perspectives.Summary: Aaron Tartakovsky, co-founder and CEO of Epic CleanTech, discusses the urgent need for change in water management practices due to the growing global water crisis and outdated infrastructure. He explains that the major obstacle to water reuse is overcoming centuries-old centralized water systems and public perception of wastewater. Tartakovsky emphasizes that necessity, driven by water scarcity impacting economic activities, is pushing cities and companies towards water reuse. He highlights the role of policy in both hindering and enabling water reuse adoption. The conversation delves into the importance of both decentralized and centralized systems working together for resilience, the need to address public misconceptions about recycled water, and the significance of technological innovation in making water reuse more efficient and relevant in various industries. Tartakovsky's insights reveal a growing global interest in water reuse models, indicating a shift in perspectives towards sustainable water management.Links:Epic Cleantec's Website🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️Website: https://dww.show/podcast/Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-waterFull Article: https://dww.show/the-economic-incentives-of-the-water-reuse-revolution/👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWaterPodcast➡️ Useful Links:Sciens Water: https://www.scienswater.com
18:42 26/01/2024
"The momentum is building: we're seeing a water reuse revolution bubbling up!" - Aaron Tartakovsky - Epic Cleantec
Welcome to the second installment of this week's water reuse series! If you've missed the first one, that was a dense conversation with Austin Alexander, Xylem's VP Sustainability; my advice: go back and listen to it once you're done with today's insightful, too short for my taste, but hence packed discussion with Aaron! And yes, I'm slightly biased.So, in today's episode, we discuss the inherent inertia in water management that stems from centuries-old centralized systems, which pose a significant challenge to adopting water reuse. We'll tackle water scarcity from an unusual angle: looking at it as an economic risk, which in turn may accelerate reuse, assuming... policies play their role. That's to say, as an enabler, not a barrier. We'll discuss how necessity breeds creativity, how there's still legwork to do to overcome public misconceptions about recycled water, and how technologies are reaching a maturity stage that makes them very approachable and plug-and-play. Let's cut to the chase, it's time for me to open the mic' to Aaron!Full Episode: https://dww.show/the-economic-incentives-of-the-water-reuse-revolution/Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
01:30 26/01/2024
S10E12 - The Social Dynamics of Water Reuse
with 🎙️ Austin Alexander - VP Sustainability and Social Impact @ XylemH2Oracle: h2oracle.dww.showLet's speak: antoine@dww.showMain Idea: In a world where technology often outpaces implementation, the real challenge in water reuse lies not in developing new technologies, but in fostering the political will and public acceptance necessary for its widespread adoption. This issue is crucial for addressing the growing global water crisis..Xylem: Xylem is committed to developing innovative and smart technology solutions to tackle the world's water challenges. The company's focus extends across a comprehensive range of water-related sectors, including treatment, testing, and transportation. With a strong emphasis on sustainability and social impact, Xylem aims to create efficient water management solutions that benefit communities and industries worldwide.Unique Insights:Circular Economy and Water Reuse: The podcast highlights a novel approach of framing water reuse within the context of circular economy, emphasizing the sustainable and efficient use of resources.Public Perception and Policy Change: A key insight is the evolving public perception of water reuse, moving beyond the 'toilet to tap' stigma, and its influence on policy and implementation.Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability: There is an emerging trend of corporate investment in water sustainability, driven by the realization of water being a critical element for business survival.Key Ideas:Water Reuse Technology: The technology for water reuse is largely available and improving, but the challenge lies in implementation, influenced by factors like financing and political will.Public Perception: Changing public perception towards water reuse, including overcoming misconceptions, is crucial for its broader adoption.Role of Circular Economy: Incorporating water reuse in the circular economy narrative can be a powerful tool to promote sustainability and efficient resource use.Corporate Sustainability Initiatives: Major corporations are increasingly investing in water sustainability, recognizing its importance for long-term business viability.Cost-Effectiveness of Water Reuse: Water reuse is often more affordable than alternatives like desalination, but public awareness of this fact is low.Role of Digital and Other Technologies: Digital technology plays a significant role in enhancing the efficiency and reducing the cost of water reuse solutions.Summary: In a detailed conversation with Antoine Walter, Austin Alexander discusses the various aspects of water reuse. He begins by stating that the technology for water reuse is not the major hurdle; rather, it's the implementation, which is hampered by financial constraints and lack of political will. Alexander highlights the shift in public perception towards water reuse, overcoming the 'toilet to tap' stigma, and the importance of educating the public about its benefits. He discusses the role of circular economy principles in redefining water reuse and emphasizes the increasing corporate investment in water sustainability, driven by the realization of its necessity for business survival. Alexander also points out the affordability of water reuse compared to other methods like desalination. He concludes by emphasizing the need for greater public engagement and corporate responsibility in promoting water reuse.Links:Xylem's website🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️Website: https://dww.show/podcast/Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-waterFull Article: https://dww.show/beyond-technology-the-social-dynamics-of-water-reuse/👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWaterPodcast➡️ Useful Links:Sciens Water: https://www.scienswater.com
16:40 24/01/2024
"Your Duty as a Water Professional is to educate someone who doesn't understand Water Reuse!" - Austin Alexander - Xylem
If you're a regular listener of this podcast, I hope I don't need to convince you about the perks of water reuse: it's a widely untapped water resource in an era of growing water scarcity, it's the cheapest of all the unconventional water sources, notably much cheaper than seawater desalination, and it comes with a wealth of welcome side-effects, ranging from much better environmental impact and removal of trace compounds and endocrine disruptors, all the way through resource recovery and circular economy.Great, that's a very rational story, yet we humans are no rational beings despite what we believe. We're emotional, and the emotions associated with water reuse are, let's face it, tainted. As a result, despite all the good reasons to adopt it, the recent growth we've seen in water reuse's contribution to our water mix might be an optical illusion. It's growing, yes, but a bit like a dragster to which you would have attached a parachute after having placed an elephant in the passenger seat. So the question becomes: how do we remove that elephant and that parachute? How do we speed up the much-needed adoption of water reuse? And what prevents the elephant from disembarking the car?To answer these, we'll delve with Austin today into the challenge of fostering the political will and public acceptance necessary for reuse's widespread adoption. We'll follow up on Friday with another brilliant return guest, Aaron Tartakovsky from Epic Cleantec, to look into infrastructure challenges, outdated regulations, and, again, overcoming public perception. And I'll close that tryptic with my own synthesis, leveraging some of my former guest's wisdom - notably David Lloyd Owen and Paul Gagliardo - but also Austin, Aaron, and Henry Charrabé, which you've not heard on that microphone yet, that should be out next Monday and available on my main YouTube channel as well. Full Episode: https://dww.show/beyond-technology-the-social-dynamics-of-water-reuse/Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
01:54 24/01/2024
Melbourne's $20 Billion Unused Desalination Plant
Video Version: https://youtu.be/08GBv_Jd3ckMelbourne's history is deeply intertwined with its water management. Starting as a small village on the Yarra River's banks, it rapidly grew during the Victorian gold rush, leading to increased water demand. To address this, the city built the world's largest artificial reservoir in 1857, signifying its commitment to resolving water issues. However, the Millennium Drought in the early 21st century was a stark reminder of Melbourne's water vulnerability. This led to the Victorian Desalination Plant project by AquaSure, comprising Thiess, Macquarie Capital, and Suez Environnement. Despite its ambitious goals, the plant faced construction delays and financial setbacks, and remained largely unused post-completion due to sufficient rainfall. Melbourne's water strategy is unique, with annual assessments to determine the need for desalinated water and a focus on water reuse and sustainability. Although the plant has been underutilized, it's an essential part of the city's long-term water security plan, as climate change continues to pose challenges. The city's proactive and adaptive approach serves as a model for urban water management. Despite being built to address water scarcity, the Victorian Desalination Plant didn't produce water for several years due to adequate rainfall. This shows how weather can dramatically change the need for certain infrastructure. Melbourne orders desalinated water annually, based on forecasts rather than immediate need. This approach differs from the typical on-demand operation of desalination plants worldwide. Paying for the desalination plant's standby costs, even when not in use, highlights a long-term commitment to water security, emphasizing preparation over immediate utility. #Desalination #Melbourne #WaterScarcity 🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️ Website: https://dww.show/podcast/ Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-water 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWaterPodcast Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
12:10 22/01/2024
A Flow of Opportunities: The Unseen Potential in Water Careers
with 🎙️ Kendra Morris - President Northeast Region at Veolia North AmericaH2Oracle: h2oracle.dww.showMain Idea: Kendra Morris (Veolia) serves as a key supporter and advocate for water professionals, ensuring they understand their critical role in public health and the economy through reliable water and wastewater services. About Veolia: Veolia is a multinational company with a focus on providing integrated solutions across water management, waste management, and energy services. Operating globally, Veolia is dedicated to sustainable development and innovation in environmental services. They work with communities and industries to manage, optimize and sustainably use resources. Veolia's initiatives include improving access to water, recycling waste to create new materials, and contributing to the circular economy. Unique Insights: The concept of a "silver tsunami" where imminent retirements could lead to a significant loss of institutional knowledge within the water industry. Veolia's approach to community integration by employing residents and thus building trust and enhancing the value of their work locally. The discrepancy between the financial attractiveness of the water sector jobs and the lack of awareness or interest in these roles. Key Ideas: Role of a Champion: Kendra Morris describes her role as empowering Veolia's Northeast region employees to see the broader impact of their daily tasks on public health and local economies. She emphasizes the importance of morale and purpose in their roles. Workforce Development: Veolia is tackling the 'silver tsunami' of retiring workers by creating internship programs with technical high schools to cultivate a new generation of water professionals. Industry Awareness: Despite offering higher-than-average wages, the water sector struggles with awareness. Veolia, in particular, faces the challenge of making its brand and the opportunities within the water sector more known. Veolia Academy: Veolia's commitment to education is reflected in the Veolia Academy, which offers free online courses to anyone interested in water and wastewater professions, aiming to address the educational needs of the future workforce. Diversity and Inclusion: Kendra Morris outlines Veolia's efforts to promote diversity in the water workforce, including gender diversity and cultural inclusion, which are key to bringing different perspectives and strengthening the sector. Summary: Kendra Morris explains her role at Veolia as a motivator for water professionals, helping them see the importance of their work in public health and economic development. She discusses the 'silver tsunami'—the mass retirement of skilled workers—and Veolia's response through educational programs like internships for high school seniors. Despite higher wages in the water sector, there's a lack of awareness about career opportunities, something Veolia aims to change through initiatives like Veolia Academy. She emphasizes the need for greater diversity in the workforce to improve performance and representation. The future success in the water industry, according to Morris, hinges on standardized data to inform operational decisions.Links:Veolia North AmericaSciens Water🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️Website: https://dww.show/podcast/Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-waterFull Article: dww.show/new-year-new-you-new-water-job/👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWaterPodcast➡️ Useful Links:Sciens Water: https://www.scienswater.comHosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
14:14 19/01/2024
"If you're certified, you can get a license, and if you get a license, then you're set for your life!" - Kendra Morris - Veolia
At the end of 2022, I discussed the silver wave the water sector is facing on that microphone. Well, sorry to start 2024 that way, but as Kendra will explain in a minute, that wave turned into a tsunami, and it's about time we learn how to surf it!So this week, I'm releasing two twin episodes, the one you're currently listening to - that's a great choice, stay here - and a conversation with Lyle King from Influx Search where we look at the water job market dynamics from a complementary perspective. So, if you haven't heard Lyle yet, add it to your playlist and you know what to do after finishing this one!In this episode, we'll discuss the role of a water champion, how to tackle the silver tsunami through workforce development in general and the Veolia Academy in particular, Industry awareness and branding, and finally, diversity and inclusion. I had a blast recording this conversation at the Rethinking Water Conference organized by Sciens Water at the Columbia Water Center in New York, thanks again to Alex Loucopoulos and the Sciens team for inviting me over, and without further due, let me welcome Kendra Morris.Full Episode: https://dww.show/the-unseen-potential-in-water-careers/Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.
01:30 19/01/2024
S10E11 - New Year, New You, New Water Job?
with 🎙️ Lyle King - Owner & Director at Influx SearchH2Oracle: h2oracle.dww.showMain Idea: The water industry faces a significant challenge in attracting and retaining talent, particularly due to a looming generational turnover and the evolving skill sets required in the era of digitization and automation. This challenge calls for a strategic approach in recruitment, focusing on not just acquiring new talent but also on retaining and developing existing employees.Influx Search: Influx Search is a global recruitment consultancy and headhunting organization specializing in the water industry. They work with a wide range of businesses involved in various water applications, not limited to municipal uses but including industrial water and wastewater, as well as commercial and residential applications. Their focus is not just on recruiting new talent but also on helping businesses retain their existing employees, recognizing the value and cost-effectiveness of employee retention.Unique Insights:The water industry faces a 'silver tsunami' with a significant portion of its workforce approaching retirement, creating a knowledge gap.The future of the water sector includes a shift towards data, digital technologies, and automation, requiring new skill sets.The concept of employer branding is critical in attracting talent, as many companies struggle to communicate their culture and values effectively.Key Ideas:Generational Turnover: The water industry is older by an average of five years compared to other sectors, with about 50% of the UK's water engineering force expected to retire in the next two decades. This creates a large knowledge gap and a need for strategic succession planning.Skills Shift Towards Technology: There is a growing need for skills in digital technologies and data management in the water sector. Roles related to software engineering and customer success management are becoming more critical.Challenges in Attractivity: The water sector struggles with attracting diverse and young talent due to image and branding issues. There's a need for more efforts in showcasing the sector's impact and opportunities.Retention and Recruitment Strategy: Influx Search emphasizes the importance of not just recruiting talent but also retaining them. It's cheaper for organizations to keep their staff happy and engaged than to constantly hire new people.Employer Branding: Companies need to effectively communicate their culture, values, and benefits to attract the right talent. This includes creating a strong online presence and employer brand.Summary: We discuss the challenges facing the water industry, particularly in talent management. The sector is experiencing a generational turnover, with a significant portion of the workforce nearing retirement, creating a substantial knowledge gap. The industry also faces challenges in attracting young and diverse talent, partly due to a lack of effective employer branding. The future of the water sector is leaning towards automation and digital technologies, necessitating a shift in required skill sets. Influx Search’s approach to recruitment emphasizes not just hiring new talent but also retaining and developing existing employees, recognizing the cost-effectiveness and value of employee retention.Links:Influx Search Website🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️Website: https://dww.show/podcast/Smartlink: https://smartlink.ausha.co/dont-waste-waterFull Article: dww.show/new-year-new-you-new-water-job/👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinewalter1/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwwpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoineWalter7Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DontWasteWaterPodcast➡️ Useful Links:Sciens Water: https://www.scienswater.com
66:35 17/01/2024

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