Talking Under Water: The intersection of water & food processing

Jan. 19, 2024
In this episode, the hosts share an interview on how water and food processing impact each other and trends between the two.

In this month’s episode of Talking Under Water, the hosts talk about the announcement from Radhika Fox that she is leaving the U.S. EPA Office of Water in February; the readoption of an emergency regulation for minimum flow of the Scott and Shasta rivers in California; Illinois EPA funding availability; and the entrance of Aqualia to the U.S. Market. This episode’s interview is with Andy Hanacek, the senior editor for Food Processing, a business-to-business brand covering the food processing industry, which is part of Endeavor Business Media just like Talking Under Water and its associated brands. Co-host Bob Crossen spoke with Hanacek about trends in food processing related to water and larger tends that overlap with the water industry such as sustainability, decarbonization and water reuse.  

Show Notes   


  • Cold open | 0:00
  • Host introductions and episode summary | 0:29
  • Radhkia Fox to leave EPA | 1:34
  • California sets emergency minimum river flows | 2:46
  • Illinois EPA grant applications | 3:44
  • Aqualia enters U.S. market | 5:33
  • Interview begins with Andy Hanacek | 7:39
  • Food processors and water reuse | 13:26
  • Recycling heated water for energy savings | 19:08
  • Trends in food processing | 23:42
  • How food processing trends overlap with water | 31:15
  • How money as a motivator leads to sustainable outcomes | 37:08
  • Housekeeping | 41:11


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 Wastewater Digest (WWD), WaterWorld 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].

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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]

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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.