Talking Under Water Episode 35: State of the Industry 2020

Dec. 18, 2020

Special podcast episode provides updates on the state of the water industry, featuring interviews from across the storm water, water quality and wastewater industries


Wrapping up 2020, Talking Under Water hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Bob Crossen and Katie Johns present the second annual special State of the Industry episode. The episode features snippets from conversations with multiple industry leaders reflecting on the state of the industry from their perspective segments of the water industry, including the wastewater sector, residential/commercial drinking water treatment sector, and storm water and erosion control sectors. Del Ciello, Crossen and Johns weave the interview clips with discussion delving into the issues explored, including market impact of COVID-19, smart technology, consumer focus on water access/quality, regulatory issues down the pipeline and more. 

A special thanks to all of this month's podcast guests for sharing their industry insights, including Derek Berg, president of the Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association; Adam Dibble, president of the International Erosion Control Association; Colin Sabol, senior vice president and president for Xylem’s Measurement & Control Solutions; Kristina Surfus, NACWA managing director of government affairs; and Samuel Karge, president, North America Water Treatment for A.O. Smith.

Show Notes:


  • Cold open: (0:00)
  • Host introduction: (0:41)
  • Thoughts from Derek Berg on industry outlook: (1:45)
  • Adam Dibble shares his experiences about digital evolution in the industry: (5:24)
  • Colin Sabol explains how utilities are finding new uses for existing equipment: (11:05)
  • Kristina Surfus notes water equity, water affordability and water access will be policy cornerstones moving forward: (14:45)
  • Sam Karge discussing the challenges of evermore stringent regulations: (20:15)
  • Sam Karge asks if the health and wellness trend will continue after the pandemic: (24:31)
  • Host wrap up the episode(28:22)
  • End: (31:47)


About the Podcast

Talking Under Water is the premier podcast for the water industry, including municipal and industrial water and wastewater, residential water treatment, storm water management and erosion control. It is produced in coordination between Water & Wastes Digest (WWD), Water Quality Products (WQP) and Storm Water Solutions (SWS). The podcast covers topics under the One Water movement including the municipal and industrial water and wastewater, point of use, point of entry, residential, storm water and erosion control markets. Talking Under Water highlights news, trends, new technologies, industry discussions and on-site interviews with experts for WWD, WQP and SWS. Logo Images: Anatoly Tiplyashin / Romolo Tavani /

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