The Water Zone
The Clean Water Code

The Clean Water Code

December 5, 2022

Featured guests Dominic Simms, Chief Executive Director for the International Code Council and Matt Sigler, Executive Director for the Code Council discuss the status of clean water and future planning requirements. They address the lack of a federal standard as opposed to current mandates set by state and local government. They investigate and take a look back at landmark water legislation to uncover how we’ve arrive at the water crisis many experience today. In addition, they share how Israel has transitioned from a net water importer to being a water positive country, and how that experience is being used to help other countries. Finally, Dominic and Matt share their strategy on how local agencies can help the future of clean water.

Podcast Recorded on December 1, 2022

Funding that Makes Sense

Funding that Makes Sense

November 15, 2022

Can private industry help remedy the U.S. water crisis? Guest Alex Loucopoulos of Sciens Water joins the show to discuss the significant shortage of funding from government sources to help water agencies and utilities secure capital to fund much needed improvement projects. In addition, he shares examples of how Sciens Water is working with both government and private entities to provide immediate funding at a reduced payback, and describes how this type of partnership also reduces the time to secure capital and gets projects completed faster.

Podcast Recorded on November 10, 2022

Central Arizona’s Unique Water CAP

Central Arizona’s Unique Water CAP

October 24, 2022

The Central Arizona Project (CAP) carries water from Havasu to the southern boundary of the San Xavier Indian Reservation. Special guest Brenda Burman, executive strategic advisor, provides insight on the project’s activities and challenges. With 361 miles of aqueducts, tunnels, pumping stations & pipelines the project provides water to agricultural lands and is the municipal water purveyor for several communities in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ.

Golf Industry Insights

Golf Industry Insights

September 12, 2022

Special guest Greg Nathan, chief business officer for the National Golf Foundation reveals the most essential elements of a desirable golf course. He offers insight to the effects of the pandemic and now inflation on the industry. He also describes the different steps taken by superintendents to keep the cost of golf play reasonable including the impact of technology on water cost and use.

Podcast Recorded on September 8, 2022

The Truth About Water Insecurity in the U.S.

The Truth About Water Insecurity in the U.S.

September 7, 2022

According to the ‘Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States’ report nearly 2.2 million people in America live without running water or toilet facilities. This concerning state of affairs is reported to cost the U.S. economy over $8.5 billion a year. Featured guest and report co-author George McGraw, comments on the report and how closing the water gap could generate $200 billion over the next 50 years. He states that water insecurity has a significant impact on productivity, lost time at work or school, physical and mental well-being, and the cost of water.

Podcast Recorded on September 1, 2022

The Dollars and Cents of H20

The Dollars and Cents of H20

August 29, 2022

The health and availability of water impacts more than we think like labor, farming, infrastructure, business, and housing.  Reason Foundation Vice President and economist, Adrian Moore, Ph.D. discusses the effect of water on the growth and sustainability of our economy. Adrian points to numerous scenarios where economic growth or retraction has been closely related to water availability and cost.  He also shares his views on the future of water if old regulations and infrastructure are not updated soon.

Podcast Recorded on August 25, 2022

Industry Insight - The Distributor’s Perspective

Industry Insight - The Distributor’s Perspective

August 22, 2022

SiteOne Landscape Supply Category Manager, Brad Lipsey, joins the show to discuss the professional retailer's rise and how it has grown to become one of the largest professional landscape supply distributors with over 600 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Brad shares insight to how the pandemic and inflation has affected the landscape industry.  He talks about how irrigation technologies have helped the industry utilize water more efficiently and provides his thoughts about the future of business in the water and landscaping industries.

Podcast Recorded on August 18, 2022

It’s Show Time

It’s Show Time

August 16, 2022

Stephanie Clark, director of business development for the Irrigation Association joins the show to talk about the 2022 IA Show and Education Week. The show brings a vast amount of irrigation technology to the industry through exhibits and a new product contest. It also provides educational opportunities through the IA University. The show and education week is perfect for those interested in learning more about general irrigation technologies or who want to become certified in various aspects of the irrigation trade.

Podcast Recorded on August 11, 2022

Water Issues in the Navajo Nation

Water Issues in the Navajo Nation

August 8, 2022

Emma Robbins of the Navajo Water Project and Crystal Tulley-Cordova, Ph.D. of the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources, describe their journey; earning technical degrees in hydrology, climatology, and environmental science to give back to the Navajo tribe. They help solve lingering water problems that still affect tribal life such as a lack of water, water contamination, and agriculture. They also share their desire for greater attention from the federal government to their day-to-day struggles in an effort to help maintain and receive clean water to survive.

Podcast Recorded on August 4, 2022

H20 Econ 101

H20 Econ 101

August 2, 2022

Featured guest Jay Prag, clinical professor at Drucker School of Management in Claremont, CA, provides keen insight into the macro-economics of water. Jay discusses how the economy affects water and how water scarcity affects the economy.  He also explores the fine line the state of California walks with the significant reduction of agricultural production due to drought as well as how this condition impacts the home building industry. He asserts that lost revenue and jobs are quickly piling up with no quick fix insight.

Podcast Recorded on July 28, 2022

Taking a Closer Look: Infrastructure and Water Policy Insights

Taking a Closer Look: Infrastructure and Water Policy Insights

July 19, 2022

Kyle Brown, Editor in Chief of Irrigation & Lighting and Irrigation Today magazines shares key issues and information impacting the agricultural industry and regulatory policy at the state and national level. Kyle also previews the 2022 Irrigation Show.

Journalist Trymaine Lee explores concerning water conditions in Jackson, Mississippi. Trymaine reports that residents routinely boil their water before use, and collect rain water to help flush the toilets, do laundry and take a bath. While the state estimates that an infrastructure improvement project will cost nearly $2 billion, local residents believe a lack of funding for the repair project stems from a bias toward people of color. 

Podcast Recorded on July 14, 2022

A Mission to Disrupt “Day Zero”

A Mission to Disrupt “Day Zero”

July 11, 2022

Did you know that 17 countries comprise a quarter of the world’s population? These countries face extreme water stress. With 80-100% of surface and aquifer water supplies already in use, they are rapidly consuming all available water. Lawrence McDonald, Vice President for Communications and Betsy Otto, Water Initiative Director at the World Resources Institute, join the show to explore recent activity to provide the tools to understand the water crisis in these regions and research possible approaches to reduce its impact. They also share their experiences related to Chennai, India; a city that was quickly facing an existential threat from water stress and the new policy choices it took towards better water management.

Podcast recorded on July 7, 2022

Ozone Obsession

Ozone Obsession

July 6, 2022

Special guest Ali Noroozi, CEO of A2Z Ozone Systems discusses how ozone generators are being used by water agencies as an alternative to chlorine to purify potable and waste water. He speaks about the fascinating ways ozone systems are used across other industries such as, pesticides, clothing, cooling towers, denim manufacturing and others. Ozone generators are also utilized to help preserve fruit, vegetables and even meat helping to give these products a longer shelf life.

Podcast recorded June 30, 2022

A River’s Uncertain Future

A River’s Uncertain Future

June 30, 2022

Friend of the show, Travis Loop, of Loop Communications, and Matt Rice,  Southwest Regional Director for the American Rivers Assoc., discuss the most endangered river in the U.S., the Colorado River. Matt provides insight to the distribution of water from the river to neighboring states and the effects climate change has had on water levels. They explore different perspectives on what states can do to better utilize the water and whether existing water rights are still fair for all users.

Podcast recorded on June 23, 2022

Magnetic Magic

Magnetic Magic

June 20, 2022

Featured Ed Mathieu of Overland Distributing, Co. discusses the science of magnetic influenced water technology, used to alter the molecular structure of water in an effort to increase water molecule size. This technology helps water more easily permeate soils and is being utilized in agricultural applications. The technique also helps to produce additional oxygen, critical to crop growth success.

Podcast Recorded on June 16, 2022

Pipeline Possibilities

Pipeline Possibilities

June 14, 2022

As CEO of the world's second largest power and solar plant construction company, and as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Jim Lamon has a few ideas to share on the issue of water in his home state of Arizona. Jim discusses his ideas to secure more water for Arizona through pipeline construction from Mississippi. He also explores the idea’s construction implications and ways adjoining states can work together to resolve centuries-old open water rights conflicts to the benefit of all those that rely on our natural resources.

Podcast recorded on June 9, 2022

The Water Baron

The Water Baron

June 6, 2022

Very special guest, and water industry veteran, Mike Baron, discusses new marketing trends water districts are adopting to provide critical water information to the general public. Mike also delves into what he believes will be the future of water in California and explored some of the directives that are being implemented to help use water more efficiently. 

Recorded on June 2, 2022

Right in Trac

Right in Trac

June 6, 2022

This week Jim Klauth, president of Aqua Trac System in Phoenix, AZ, joins us. Aqua Trac is an independent water management company that specializes in water use consulting, auditing, and provides upgrade and technical services to universities, golf courses, HOAs, resorts, municipalities and landscape professionals. Jim shares real-world examples of how improved landscape irrigation systems have helped to significantly reduced monthly water expenditures.

Podcast recorded on May 26, 2022