The Thirst – The Mediterranean Case

The Mediterranean sea is where Europe, Asia, and Africa all meet.

Throughout the ages, empires ruled over its entire coastline, and people used it to transfer goods, for recreation purposes, or to harvest its many food items.

Today along its shores there are more than 20 countries. No longer a single empire – but rather a Mosaic of People, as was described by Waterline’s guest in this episode.

Konstantina Toli, a Senior Programme Officer at Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean, points out the great challenges that are presented as our world is changing – namely climate change and the refugee’s crisis.
For example, in the past 5 years, nearly 2,000,000 human beings risked their lives in search of a better life and used the treacherous Mediterranean route.
The result – the stresses on water supplies in the region which were already quite significant, are constantly on the rise.

The interview was recorded during the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, in March of 2018.

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Interviewed in this episode:

Konstantina ToliGWP-Med

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag.

A Crack in the Wall – On Dams (part 2)

In this second part of our tale of dams, we will hear what happens once things go horribly wrong.
Throughout history, faulty dams have created man-made disasters costing lives and the earth.
We will be hearing about one disaster in particular – The Mariana Dam Disaster – that happened in Brazil in 2015.

We will also revisit the town of Gatun, the dam that was built there and the lake that made the Panama Canal, with a somber look on the life of ordinary people there.

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Interviewed in this episode:

Roberto Waack – CEO, The Renova Foundation

Olga Reyes – V.P. Public Affairs and Communication, The Coca-Cola Company in Latin America  https://www.linkedin.com/in/olga-patricia-reyes-abisambra-2b6a5b43/

We wish to thank the Panama Canal Authority, whose records on the history of the Panama Canal’s construction provided great help in the crafting of this episode.
Research for this episode was done by Nate Nelson.

Photo By Agência Brasil Fotografias – Dois anos da tragédia de Mariana (MG), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63842052

 

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Audionautix.com – Solo Acoustic 5
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Prelude and Action
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Prelude and Action Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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The Descent
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Comfortable Mystery
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“Comfortable Mystery” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Building a Dam in Gatun – On Dams (part 1)

It took nearly four decades, the lives of some 30,000 human beings and billions of US Dollars in current values to build; it was a source for heated debates and the kiss of death to some careers; it was rooted in vision – but took ample amounts of practicality to realize. You might know it simply as The Panama Canal – in a stretch of land not wider than 70 kilometers wide, humanity saw the opportunity to connect two great oceans – the Atlantic and the Pacific – and managed to cut the route by sea from California to Europe – by half.

The keystone of the canal is a dam that was the biggest ever to be built at the time – the dam near the small town of Gatun.
You are invited to hear a tale about politics, engineering, money and tons of controversy, which, a century on is all but forgotten.

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We wish to thank the Panama Canal Authority, whose records on the history of the Panama Canal’s construction provided great help in the crafting of this episode.

Research for this episode was done by Nate Nelson.

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Panama Canal archive movie:

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https://freesound.org/people/thorvandahl/sounds/383314/

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Amazing Plan:

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Amazing Plan Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Amazing Plan –  Distressed:

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Amazing Plan – Distressed Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Anguish:

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Anguish Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Scheming Weasel Faster:

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Scheming Weasel (faster version) Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Plucky Daisy:

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Plucky Daisy Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Local Forecast –  elevator:

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Local Forecast – Elevator Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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The complex

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The Complex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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The Spirit of Water

Ask anyone “what is water?” and most likely you’ll hear them say – water is life.

What is it about water that makes it stand out more than any other element? What is the effect water has on us humans – on a metaphysical level? How do we perceive water?

Once you meet people for whom water is their job – the water sector people – you get to see the answers to these questions in practice.

In this special episode, we examine water from chemical, religious and spiritual points of view, to mention but a few. 

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Interviewed in this episode are:

Oded Distel – Head of Israel NewTech.

Dr. Renana Gershoni-Poranne – senior scientist and lecturer, ETH Zurich.

Prof. Graham HarveyThe Open University, UK.

Rochi Khemka – Co-Lead, Global Partnerships & India Program, 2030 Water Resources Group, The World Bank.

Dr. Xavier Leflaive – Principle Administrator, Water Team, OECD.

Brieux Michoud – Managing Partner, Waterpreneurs.

Dr. Yasuyuki Nemoto – President of Office Masaru Emoto.

Will SarniWater strategist and consultant.

Andre Wongtschowski – Operations Manager, World Transforming Technologies.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag.

“Desalting the Sea” – Desalination

The rainy season of 2017-2018 in Israel marked the 6th year of drought in a row. However – water is still available on tap 24/7.
In a semi-arid land, any drop missing from the annual natural precipitation creates a deficit. Six years of diminished precipitation might spell disaster. And yet – if you look at a satellite image of Israel – you see a green blotch in the desert.

A key component in Israel’s water management system is desalination – the topic of this episode.

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Interviewed in this Episode:

Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech.

Dr. Renana Gershoni-Poranne – senior scientist and lecturer, ETH Zurich.

Prof. Emeritus Raphael SemiatTechnion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Seth Siegel – author of Let There Be Water.

Tami Shor – Senior deputy director general for regulation, Israeli Water Authority.

Ziv Shor – V.P. Projects, IDE.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag.

Music credits:
Local Forecast – Elevator Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Water Makes the World Go ‘Round” – The Water Economy

Water is a global issue as much as it is a local issue.
Water is life – anyone will tell you that. However, when was the last time you thought about water and the role it plays in the global economy?

I am sure you can tell me the price of a used car but are you able to tell me the value (in real monetary terms) of the water you consume? in this episode, we take a deeper look at the water economy.

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Interviewed in this episode are:

Oded Distel – Head of Israel NewTech.

Dr. Xavier Leflaive – Principle Administrator, Water Team, OECD.

Paul O’Callaghan – Founder & CEO, BlueTech Research.

Henk Ovink – Special Envoy International Water Affairs, Government of the Netherlands.

Will SarniWater strategist and consultant.

Seth Siegel – Author of Let There Be Water.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag.

“Every Drop Counts” – Urban Water Distribution

It is midnight. The house is quiet, and everybody is asleep. You are reminded that the faucet in the kitchen is faulty by the constant drip-drip-drip-drip noise it makes. You toss and turn – but not alarmed; just ever so slightly annoyed. If you allow it to drip at a rate of a drop a second during one year, you’ve wasted an amount equivalent to 15 years worth of a person’s water consumption.

Municipalities worldwide are losing an alarming amount of up to 60% of pristine freshwater due to unseen faulty infrastructure.
In this episode of Waterline, we’ll discuss urban water distribution.

Our guest, Zohar Yinon, CEO of Jerusalem’s water and wastewater utility company – a world leader in curtailing the loss of water in a municipal system – shares the solutions implemented.
At its core – a technological innovation where big data plays an impressive role.

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Interviewed in this episode are:

Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech.

Seth Siegel – author of Let There Be Water.

Zohar Yinon – CEO of Hagihon – Jerusalem’s water and wastewater utility company. He was chosen as one of the 50 most impactful leaders in Water & Water management (global listing) for CSR Day 2018.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag.

 

“Alchemy: Turning Milk into Water” – Sustainable Water Management

Carlo Galli is Nestlé’s Technical Manager of Water Resources.
In his work, he is in charge of making sure that Nestlé’s worldwide operations are water-sustainable; not an easy task, taking in count the fact that it takes a lot of water to make food.

In this episode, we focus on sustainable water management. Idan has a candid conversation about water, coffee, industrial practices, sustainable value-chain and social responsibilities with the man whose job is to make sure that the biggest food & beverage company in the world (in 2017, according to Forbes) is leading a healthily sustainable lifestyle. 

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The interview was recorded in March 2018, during the 8th World Water Forum, in Brasilia.
Waterline had a studio there, as part of the Israeli pavilion at WWF8 Expo.

Water for All – Regulation

Israel is in a semi-arid region. Global climate changes create longer drought periods in the region. And yet, looking from above, one can see green fields and forests, and high-quality water is delivered to homes, businesses, farmers and the industry 24/7. Several components contribute to this success, but it all begins with the Israeli Water Law, passed in 1959.

In this episode, we see how Israeli water regulation, stemming from the Water Law, enables self-sufficiency and continuous growth – even when drought hits hard.
We will explore the Californian model of regulation in contrast to the Israeli one, and what are the benefits they possess.

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Interviewed in this Episode:

Felicia Marcus – Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, California.

Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech.

Seth Siegel – author of Let There Be Water.

Tami Shor – Senior deputy director general for regulation, Israeli Water Authority.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag.

(f)Low Tech to High Tech – Entrepreneurship

The industry of water is regarded to, traditionally, as low tech.
This fact makes it an excellent place for entrepreneurs to find new ways to disrupt, update, change and streamline the processes.
To bring this industry – effectively – from low tech to high tech.

In this episode of Waterline, we will hear from Eytan Levy – a serial water and wastewater technologies entrepreneur.

How innovation, hard work and luck play a role in any venture – especially in regards to water technology.

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Interviewed in this episode:

Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech.

Will Sarni – water strategist and consultant.

Eytan Levy – Entrepreneur, Levy Ventures.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag