Talking Under Water Episode 80: WEFTEC Audio Diaries

Oct. 27, 2023
In this episode, the hosts share audio diaries from industry professionals who attended WEFTEC 2023.

In this episode of Talking Under Water, the co-hosts share audio diaries from two professionals during their time at WEFTEC –  Jay Surti, service line leader – Wastewater Treatment & Recycling, Americas, East Region Biosolids Leader for GHD; and Stephen Katz, market development manager for Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions. Surti and Katz touch on trending topics they heard at the show, as well as what may be coming down the pipeline in terms of industry challenges. Between these clips, the hosts share how Surti’s and Katz’s perspectives relate to their experiences and thoughts from WEFTEC. 

Show Notes:   


  • Cold open | 0:00
  • Episode introduction and summary | 0:42
  • Jay Surti's WEFTEC audio diary | 1:38
  • Editor's discuss Jay's comments | 2:51
  • Stephen Katz' WEFTEC audio diary | 5:31
  • Editor's discuss Stephen's comments | 7:22
  • Housekeeping | 12:50


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

Mandy Crispin

Mandy Crispin is the editor-in-chief of WaterWorld, having joined Endeavor Business Media in 2023. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has internal and external corporate communications experience in disparate industries including online retail, gaming, plastics and is now enjoying exploring the water utility space. Crispin can be reach at [email protected].

About the Author

Katie Johns

Katie Johns, editor-in-chief of Storm Water Solutions and Water Quality Products, graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016 with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Johns joined the Storm Water Solutions team in September 2019. Johns also helps plan the annual StormCon conference and co-hosts the Talking Under Water podcast. Prior to entering the B2B industry, she worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in Sarasota, Florida, and a magazine assistant editor in the Chicago suburbs. She can be reached at [email protected]

About the Author

Bob Crossen

Bob Crossen is senior managing editor for WWD and iWWD. 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.