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The Water Break Podcast, Episode 9: Testing Wastewater for Covid-19

“Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

In Episode 9, Heather Jennings discusses COVID 19 wastewater epidemiology and how that helps communities track the pandemic in their communities. Her guests are:

  • Ian L. Pepper, PhD, Professor at the University of Arizona and Director of the Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Dave Tracey, a licensed professional engineer in the province of New Brunswick, Canada, and Director of Global Channel Sales for LuminUltra Technologies Ltd, a Canadian firm focusing on biological monitoring and control solutions.
  • Helena Steeves, Clinical Applications Engineer at LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

Dr. Pepper may be contacted at the WEST Center: www.west.arizona.edu

Mr. Tracey and Ms. Steeves may be contacted, and information about LuminUltra Technologies is available, at:

Podcast References from Wanda’s Water Tidbit

The Water Break Podcast, Episode 8: Microscopy and DNA, A Match Made In Heaven

“Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

In Episode 8, Heather Jennings discusses DNA Analysis and Microscopy with Dr. Paul Campbell and Ryan Hennessy. Paul has extensive experience with microbial physiology, industrial microbiology, and fermentation and leads Aster Bio’s molecular biology and biochemistry work. Ryan is a microbiology and operations specialist at Midwest Contract Operations. Topics covered in the podcast include introduction and orientation to wastewater microbiology evaluation including Next Generation DNA Sequencing, qPCR, and microscopic evaluation; identifying and interpreting microorganisms and their roles in wastewater processing; and tracking microbiology trends in system operations.

Paul Campbell, PhD, may be contacted at https://www.asterbio.com/.

Ryan Hennessy may be contacted at https://www.mco-us.com/wastewater-microbiology/.

Podcast References from Wanda’s Water Tidbit: Skipping Stones on Water

Discover Magazine, Cameron Walker and Jeff Wilson: The Physics of Skipping Stones

Library of Congress: Everyday Mysteries, How Does a Stone “Skip” Across water?

Wired YouTube Channel: Why It’s Almost Impossible to Skip a Stone 89 Times

The Water Break Podcast, Episode 7: Anaerobic Digesters

“Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

In Episode 7, Heather Jennings discusses Wastewater Anaerobic Digesters with Kay Curtin. Kay is an Advanced Wastewater Operator in Wisconsin and a Level A Wastewater Operator in Minnesota, with 45+ years’ experience in wastewater. She is currently working with the Wisconsin Rural Water Association as a trainer/technician for Western Wisconsin and has her own consulting business, Curtin Consulting, LLC. Topics covered in the podcast include anaerobic digester pros and cons, bacteria used, nutritional requirements, key operating parameters, main causes of failures, and typical operating issues.

Kay Curtin

Bio and contact info at Wisconsin Rural Water Association

Podcast Reference from Wanda’s Water Tidbit: The World’s Most Beautiful Sewage Plant

The Water Break Podcast, Episode 6: Microbial Lab Operations

“Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

In Episode 6, Heather Jennings discusses Wastewater Laboratory Operations with Toni Glymph-Martin. Toni is a Wastewater Microbiologist and Certified Operator, B-Level, with 40+ years’ experience. She is the author of two books: A Wastewater Microbiology Laboratory Manual for Operators and Wastewater Microbiology: A Handbook for Operators. In today’s podcast, Toni talks about how and when to use a microscope to better manage wastewater treatment.

Toni Glymph-Martin

Toni’s Website: https://www.wwmicrosolutions.com/

Toni’s textbooks:

More from Toni Glymph-Martin (video): The Wastewater Treatment Plant Microbiological Zoo

Toni Modeling Her Water Bear (Tardigrade) Wear

Podcast Reference from Wanda’s Water Tidbit

The Water Break Podcast, Episode #4: Activated Sludge System Operational Issues

“Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

In this podcast episode, host Heather Jennings, PE, interviews two highly experienced experts regarding operational issues related to activated-sludge wastewater systems:

  • Jim Huchel is the Water Reclamation Plant Manager for the City of Flagstaff, Ariz.
  • Dave Axton is the owner of Water Resources Management, Inc., and he is also a Probiotic Solutions® sales representative

Jim and Dave have over 80 years of combined experience in water plant operations.

REFERENCED IN THE PODCAST

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Contact Dave Axton at Water Resources Management (WRM)

WRM operates approximately 50 wastewater treatment plants and public water supplies. It has a full-scale wastewater lab where testing is performed for about 150 treatment plants. WRM also performs sludge profiles on various lagoon treatment systems, and it troubleshoots Industrial as well as domestic wastewater treatment plants. WRM also has a software division that designs and distributes water and wastewater management software for public and private utilities throughout the U.S.

The Water Break Podcast, Episode 2: Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal in Wastewater

“Where we bridge the gap between water plant operators and engineers”

In this podcast episode, host Heather Jennings, PE, interviews wastewater microbiologist and certified operator Toni Glymph-Martin on the topic of Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal in Wastewater. Toni has more than 40 years of wastewater experience and is the author of several wastewater microbiology textbooks.

Microorganisms (stained slides), photos courtesy of Toni Glymph-Martin:

  • GAOs

  • PAO-PHBs

  • PAO-PolyPs

Toni’s Website: www.wwmicrosolutions.com

Toni’s textbooks:

More from Toni Glymph-Martin (video): The Wastewater Treatment Plant Microbiological Zoo

Podcast reference from Wanda’s Water Tidbit:

From the Door of Heather’s Home Recording Studio:

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