Talking Under Water: Women in Water with Kathy Romans

March 29, 2024
In this episode, the hosts share the final Women in Water interview of the month, as Women's History Month concludes.

In this episode of Talking Under Water, we share our final episode celebrating Women’s History Month. Co-host Bob Crossen interviews Kathy Romans, water and wastewater segment manager for the protective and marine coatings division of PPG for US and Canada. Romans was the first woman president of NASSCO where she played a vital role in influencing safety practices and industry standards; and is a chemist who has developed into a respected and notable business professional in water. Romans shares her career path, how more women have entered the industry over time and the impact that has had, as well as advice for aspiring young professionals. 

Show Notes 


  • Introduction | 0:00
  • Interview starts | 1:04
  • What it means to be a woman in the water industry | 1:24
  • Water takes us to our roots | 4:04
  • Did you find water or did water find you? | 5:29
  • Women in water over the years | 6:36
  • Why water is an industry for strong careers | 8:13
  • Catering to the next generation of water workers | 10:41
  • Lessons for aspiring water workers | 14:23
  • What piece of media has influenced you most | 17:28
  • Housekeeping | 20:21


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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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