Talking Under Water Episode 70: AWWA ACE23 Wrap-up

June 23, 2023
In this episode, WaterWorld and Wastewater Digest editors talk about AWWA ACE23, including trends, products and solutions they witnessed at the show.

In this month’s episode of Talking Under Water co-host Bob Crossen is joined by fellow Endeavor Business Media Water Group editors, Mandy Crispin and Jeremy Wolfe, to discuss AWWA ACE23. The editors touch trending topics they heard at ACE, including workforce issues, drought and waning water supplies, and advancements in smart water technology, particularly with AI and machine learning. Additionally, the editors touch on the vast regulatory landscape that industry is experiencing right now.  

Show Notes:  


  • Cold open | 0:00
  • Host introductions | 1:17
  • The discussions surrounding PFAS | 2:27
  • Cybersecurity becomes a pressing concern | 3:30
  • Consumer confidence reports | 4:09
  • AWWA's response to PFAS MCL proposal | 4:42
  • Build America, Buy America education is needed | 6:05
  • BABA compliance guidance is still forthcoming | 7:16
  • Lead and Copper Rule improvements and communications | 9:21
  • The growing trend of artificial intelligence | 11:34
  • Positioning smart water technologies as workforce solutions | 13:22
  • New products and solutions at AWWA ACE23 | 15:14
  • PFAS and LCRI solutions | 16:31
  • Drought condition approaches and supply management | 19:27
  • A focus on the science | 20:42
  • A future-looking mindset for the industry | 21:16
  • Housekeeping | 22:50

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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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About the Author

Jeremy Wolfe

Jeremy Wolfe is a former Editor for Wastewater Digest.

About the Author

Bob Crossen

Bob Crossen is the editorial director for the Endeavor Business Media Water Group, which publishes WaterWorld, Wastewater Digest and Stormwater Solutions. Crossen graduated from Illinois State University in Dec. 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He worked for Campbell Publications, a weekly newspaper company in rural Illinois outside St. Louis for four years as a reporter and regional editor.