Talking Under Water Episode 53: Discussing Water as a Global Community

June 30, 2022
In this month’s episode, the hosts share recent industry news, including the Action Plan on Global Water Security, and an interview on circular economy and trends relating to technologies and framework to discuss water as a global community.

In this month’s episode of Talking Under Water co-hosts Katie Johns and Bob Crossen discuss the Action Plan on Global Water Security that Vice President Harris announced earlier this month, in addition to the research American Water conducted on Americans’ perception of water infrastructure. Finally, this month’s interview is with Millicent Pitts, executive director of Ocean Exchange. Crossen and Pitts spoke about one water, circular economy and trends as it relates to technologies and frameworks for discussing water issues as a global community in addition to a local one.

Show Notes:


  • Cold Open | 0:00

  • Host introductions | 0:54

  • Episode summary | 1:06

  • Americans’ misconceptions about water infrastructure | 1:38

  • Action Plan on Global Water Security | 4:58

  • Interview with Millicent Pitts begins | 7:50

  • What is Ocean Exchange? | 8:54

  • Innovation grant funds for solutions providers | 11:00

  • Criticality of a One Water vision and mission | 11:58

  • Why a siloed approach can create problems for other silos | 15:45

  • Water scarcity and how it is driving the industry | 16:45

  • Water scarcity as a result of water quality | 20:50

  • How Ocean Exchange evaluates start-ups for grant funding | 22:55

  • Technology and solutions trends in the water sector | 28:00

  • Interview ends | 33:12

  • Housekeeping | 33:46

  • Ends | 35:47

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. 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

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. 

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]