Talking Under Water Episode 48: One Water Innovations & Tactics

Jan. 21, 2022

In this month’s episode, the podcasts hosts discuss news relating to Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5) and a new EPA video challenge, plus they share an interview on industrial water

In this month’s episode of Talking Under Water, hosts Lauren Del Ciello, Katie Johns and Bob Crossen discuss national news regarding the U.S. EPA finalization of the Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5) and its implications for water systems. The hosts also touch on the launch of a new EPA video challenge — “Companies Crushing Pollution” — and share how to get involved. Additionally, the hosts introduce "One Water Media," a new brand and platform by Storm Water Solutions, Water & Wastes Digest and Water Quality Products. One Water Media will be the new home for the Talking Under Water podcast. 

Finally, the interview this month is with Nate Allen, executive director for WaterStart. Crossen spoke with Allen about innovation and how tactical decisions can be part of a grander One Water Strategy.

Show Notes:


  • Cold Open | 0:00
  • Host Introductions | 1:06
  • Special Announcement: One Water Media | 2:04
  • EPA finalizes the UCMR 5 | 4:15
  • Companies Crushing Pollution video challenge | 7:04
  • Interview with Nate Allen begins | 9:31
  • What is WaterStart? | 9:43
  • Giving smaller solutions providers exposure | 11:16
  • Technology trends and innovations in water and wastewater | 13:00
  • Relieving the regulatory burden placed on utilities | 15:55
  • How small tasks can become big problems | 18:22
  • WaterStart’s role in the One Water conversation | 21:19
  • Tactical decisions for One Water strategies | 24:02
  • Trends for 2022 and WaterStart’s next steps | 24:59
  • Why having a working example is vital to innovation adoption | 28:09
  • Interview with Nate Allen ends | 30:24
  • Housekeeping | 30:57
  • Outro | 33:23


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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. New episodes of the podcast are released on the third Friday of every month. Logo Images: Anatoly Tiplyashin / Romolo Tavani /

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