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Video Version: 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: Smartlink: 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook:
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: Article:👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn:
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:🔗 Come say hi to Sudhir Gadh on Linkedin:🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️Website: Article:👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn:➡️ Useful Links:Sciens 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 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:
Video Version: 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: Smartlink: 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook:
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: Article:👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn:➡️ Useful Links:Sciens Water:
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:
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: Article:👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn:➡️ Useful Links:Sciens Water:
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:
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: Article:👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn:➡️ Useful Links:Sciens Water:
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:
Video Version:'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: Smartlink: 👋 SOCIAL MEDIA 👋 LinkedIn: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook:
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: Article:👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn:➡️ Useful Links:Sciens Water:
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:
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: Article:👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋 LinkedIn:➡️ Useful Links:Sciens Water:
Happy New Year! With a new year comes statistically, for one-third of us, the urge to make good resolutions. If you're under 30, it's even more than half the people who make these good resolutions. In maybe or maybe not related news, 50% of people contemplate changing their careers, and two-fifths of them even contemplate so very openly. What does that mean. Well, if you're in a super sexy working field, that's great news: more people will want to join you. But the other side of that same coin is that if you're on the maybe less sexy end of the market, you better be prepared to struggle. Where's the water sector on that scale? Well, despite its promising landscape for job seekers, its competitive wages, especially on the lower end of the qualification ladder, its lower educational barriers to entry, and its tremendous opportunities in a variety of roles that are critical to the infrastructure and environmental sustainability, hence I'd say, despite its high purpose, unfortunately, you guessed it right, we the water professionals are not that sexy. But once we've said that, what do we do about it? Well, this week, I'm releasing two twin episodes. The one you're currently listening to, with Lyle King, and another one you'll find in your hopefully favorite feed, with Kendra Morris. While the latter deals with training more people to water jobs, the former you're again currently listening to, so this one looks in depth at a few key aspects of the job market and its best practices.If you belong to the people actively or passively looking for new endeavors, you'll learn what skills are the most in-demand right now, what techniques yield the best mid and long-term results in interview processes, and what water field is the hottest. If you're looking to recruit the best water professionals out there, you'll learn how and where to find the right fits, how Lyle and his peers might be able to help you out, and what to absolutely avoid if you don't want to experience crazy churn rates amongst your candidates.But what if you're neither recruiting nor seeking to recruit, shall you skip this episode? Of course I'm biased, but in my humble opinion, you really shouldn't. Because as Lyle will explain, the most efficient use of your HR resources is to ensure you retain and optimize your talents. Which involves employer branding, and efficiently articulating company culture and values. That's a packed schedule, so let's cut to the chase and without further due, let me open the mic' to Lyle King. Remember, if you like this episode, share it with a friend, a colleague your boss or your team, that's the only way I can spread the message and I'll see you on the other side!Full Episode:
with 🎙️ Alex Buehler – President & CEO at Integrated Water Services 💧 Integrated Water Services is a leading US design-build provider of water and wastewater solutions. ▶️ This episode is a Bonus to my deep dive on M&A in the #waterindustry check it out on my YouTube channel: ▶️ Or read the full blog entry on How to buy a Water Company  🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️ Website: Smartlink: 👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋  LinkedIn: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: 🌊 What we covered: 🌐 How the middle market in the water industry represents a significant step above the niche that Central State Water Resources (CSWR) serves, focusing on suburban and ex-urban communities. 🛠️ What the three divisions of the company cover: product solutions, technical and digital services, and field services, providing a comprehensive approach to water treatment. 📦 Why the Blue Box represents a breakthrough in water treatment, offering a modular, scalable, and easy-to-deploy solution. 🔄 How horizontal and vertical integration strategies are key to expanding the company's product line and services. 🔍 What the criteria are for selecting M&A targets, including market size, growth potential, competitive landscape, and unique intellectual property or barriers to entry. 🤝 How the M&A pipeline is aggressively filled with potential acquisitions through both organic engagement and strategic searching using tools like IQ and pitch books. 💼 Why engaging with entrepreneurs and sole proprietors requires a nuanced approach due to their businesses often not being prepped for sale. 📈 What a scorecard system looks like for evaluating acquisition opportunities, ranking them based on strategic fit and financial metrics. 🎯 How growth ambitions are fueled by a mix of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, aiming for a 10x increase within a four-year period. 🔍 What the company's core strategic imperatives and enablers are, driving towards financial objectives like revenue, EBITDA, and return on invested capital. 📢 How the current pace of 4-6 acquisitions per year aligns with the company's operational capabilities and growth targets. 🚀 Why the end goal is to build a water/wastewater treatment and water reuse platform with national coverage, focusing on the middle market that is often overlooked. 🔔 Subscribe and Stay Informed: Don't miss out on our deep dives into water industry trends, strategies, and technologies. Subscribe to "Don't Waste Water" for more content that quenches your thirst for knowledge!
with 🎙️ Tom Rooney – Chairman at Sciens Water 💧 Sciens is a research-driven investment fund that identifies uncovered, under-researched, or misunderstood water sector opportunities that are undercapitalized. ▶️ This episode is a Bonus to my deep dive on M&A in the #waterindustry check it out on my YouTube channel: ▶️ Or read the full blog entry on How to buy a Water Company  🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️ Website: Smartlink: 👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋  LinkedIn: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: In this eye-opening episode of "Don't Waste Water," we delve into the dynamic world of water services, examining the significant shift brought about by the consolidation of the industry. Join us as we explore the intricate dance of mergers and acquisitions reshaping the landscape of water utilities. 🌊 Key Insights: Unraveling the Consolidation Trend: We dissect why major players like Veolia and Xylem are acquiring companies like Suez and Vauquois, and what this means for the future of water services. Fragmentation vs. Integration: Discover how the U.S. water infrastructure's profound fragmentation contrasts starkly with the emerging trend of consolidation. What are the implications for small and large utilities alike? Technology Roll-Down: Learn about innovative approaches like the 'Blue Box' technology, transforming the accessibility of advanced water treatment for smaller utilities. Regulatory Perspectives: We delve into the role of regulators in this consolidation trend, balancing the scales between progress and fair competition. 🔍 In-Depth Analysis: Guest Insights: Hear from industry experts who provide their unique perspectives on how these changes are influencing the water sector's strategic, operational, and technological directions. Impact on Communities: Understand how these shifts impact local communities, from the quality of water services to environmental sustainability. 🌐 Global Context: We broaden the scope to understand how these trends in the U.S. align with global movements in the water sector. 🌟 For Whom? Whether you're a C-suite executive, investor, water entrepreneur, or simply a water-conscious citizen, this episode offers valuable insights into the changing tides of water services. 📈 The Big Picture: By the end of this episode, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of the current state and potential future of the water industry amidst this 'Big Shift.' 🔔 Subscribe and Stay Informed: Don't miss out on our deep dives into water industry trends, strategies, and technologies. Subscribe to "Don't Waste Water" for more content that quenches your thirst for knowledge!
We think aout carbon emissions when we fly, not when we flush! Let me coin that phrase, which opens up my reflection this week on a water professional's carbon impact and the ways to mitigate it through deploying water technologies. Let's dive into the heart of the water sector's role in CO2 emissions and explore innovative technologies that could drastically reduce our carbon footprint.  I share my personal journey of grappling with the guilt of my carbon emissions and how it led me to discover solutions far more effective than planting trees. First, let's summarize Xylem, Cambi and Global Water Intelligence's findings on the Water Sector's Carbon Footprint. It surprisingly compares almost one to one in CO2 equivalent emissions with the aviation industry. Then, let's explore 5 Carbon Mitigation Strategies in the Water Sector: 1️⃣ Leak Reduction - Discussing the impact of 126 billion cubic meters of lost drinking water annually and how pressure management can significantly reduce this loss and the associated carbon impact. 2️⃣ Smart Pumps: How optimizing pumps with AI and machine learning can slash energy use and CO2 emissions. 3️⃣ Biogas Enhancement: The potential of anaerobic digestion and thermal hydrolysis processes in wastewater treatment plants to produce biogas, replacing fossil fuels. (And what I used to do kind of wrong in that field) 4️⃣ Aeration Optimization: The role of AI in optimizing the activated sludge process, reducing energy consumption, and mitigating nitrous oxide emissions. 5️⃣ Advocacy and Policy Influence: The importance of regulations and incentives in driving sustainable practices in the water sector. I'm closing on a personal touch, reflecting on the impact of the Water circus on the road twice a week all year long. It's great if the water sector compensates its emissions, but what if it didn't create them in the first place? Let's set ourselves on the path to 2050! Bottom line; think critically about your own carbon footprint and the broader implications of everyone's daily water use. Let's all challenge conventional ideas and present an opportunity for water professionals and enthusiasts to contribute to a more sustainable future. Additional Resources The power of MABR  Better understanding Methane emissions  Fighting Nitrous Oxide emissions in Wastewater Treatment  Cutting the Water Sector's carbon emissions in half (at no cost)  The potential of the Thermal Hydrolysis Process  Following my tracks on the IOT Use Case Podcast (together with Aerzen)  The full blog article on this week's episode covering the Water Sector's Carbon Impact  ⬇️ In this Episode ⬇️  00:00 My 12-Ton CO2 Problem 00:50 The Superpower of Water Pros 01:40 Where do the Water Sector's CO2 emissions come from? 02:51 Water Technology n°1 06:26 Water Technology n°2 09:33 Water Technology n°3 12:43 Water Technology n°4 16:11 Water Technology n°5 19:15 Conclusion
with 🎙️ Tom Rooney - Chairman at Sciens Water with 🎙️ Alex Buehler - CEO at Integrated Water Services with 🎙️ Damian Georgino - Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson *** 🌊 Dive into the riveting world of water company acquisitions in this episode of "Don't Waste Water," where we unravel the strategies behind turning water utilities into profitable ventures. 🚰 Featuring insights from industry giants like American Water, Essential Utilities, and Central States Water Resources (CSWR), we explore their aggressive M&A tactics. American Water's staggering 245 acquisitions since 2000 and CSWR's recent 83 deals in a single year are just the tip of the iceberg. 🔍 Uncover the surprising reason behind the U.S.'s fragmented water utility sector. With over 50,000 water systems and 35,000 wastewater systems, many small-scale utilities are failing to meet health standards. This episode sheds light on the urgent need for consolidation and improvement. 💡 Learn from Tom Rooney, Alex Buehler, and Damian Georgino about the transformative power of scale in improving water utility operations. Discover how larger entities can implement advanced technologies to enhance service quality and ensure safer water for all. 🧐 Examine the potential risk of monopolization in the water industry. We debunk myths and provide a reality check on the pace of consolidation in the U.S. compared to other countries like the UK. 🎙️ Special guests Alex Loucopoulos and Tom Rooney from Sciens Water share their expertise in creating efficient water utility ecosystems. Delve into their innovative approach of "rolling up" service providers and "rolling down" technologies to bridge the gap in the water sector. 🔄 Explore the concept of "tech aggregation" in the water industry. Companies like Integrated Water Services are leading the charge in bundling and scaling up solutions to serve the middle market effectively. 🌐 Go beyond the surface with discussions on the strategies of other leading companies in the sector, including Evoqua, Nijhuis Saur Industries, and SKion Water. 🚀 Wrap up with a forward-looking perspective from Tom Rooney, predicting more consolidation in the water industry and its surrounding ecosystem. 🎙️ PODCAST 🎙️ Website: Smartlink: Full Article: 👋  SOCIAL MEDIA  👋  LinkedIn: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: ➡️ Useful Links: Sciens Water:
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