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🗣️ "The Water Opportunity Presented by Climate Change"

The Water Values Podcast

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Host: Dave McGimpsey
Guest: Dr. Stephanie Smith | Product Segment Manager | Xylem
Category: 🗣️ Opinion | Water & Climate Change

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[12:06] “It is through the global water cycle, that we are going to feel [climate change] and experience it. But I think the other side of that is that it is also through […] the water sector, the water industry […] we're going to solve some of climate change. […] And one of the reasons for that is we are also the biggest consumers of energy. We tap into the electric grid like nobody else does on the planet. And so that's another reason that water is so important in the climate conversation.”

[15:10] “When we reduce leaks, reduce waste, we also reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. […] The EPA estimates that for a lot of municipalities 40% of the electrical grid usage is for their water treatment facilities. […] There's a big bullseye on us when it comes to reducing energy usage. […] We should be doing this anyway, because it's non revenue water, but it's also greenhouse gas emitting water, when it gets produced and doesn't get used.”

[24:23] “People do take water for granted. […] Particularly in first world countries, we don't think about how difficult it can be to get clean water. […] I joke sometimes that my dog can drink out of the toilet bowl because it's really high quality drinking water. […] That's unbelievable when you think about it, that we actually flush our toilets with amazingly clean water. […] So we often take water for granted until we don't.”

[29:06] “I'm a big fan of riding the coattails of the energy industry. […] What happens in our two sectors is inextricable. And a lot of the things that are going to happen in the energy sector, clean energy initiatives, renewable energy and so forth. We're going to be tapping into that, too. […] These aren't silos. […] There's a big Venn diagram in my mind, and the three partners in it are water, energy and food. And generally, what benefits one can benefit the other.”

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🕰️ 39 min | 🗓️ 06/21/2022
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