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Welcome to the Orenco Podcast!

Every two weeks, we'll bring you new episodes of “Make It Clear” that cover timely and relevant topics in the water and wastewater industries. Our guests will also provide their unique insights as we discuss the world’s most precious resource.

While our content is mainly geared toward water and wastewater professionals, we welcome everyone who’d like to listen.

Intermittent Flow Systems

October 3, 2023

It's hard to believe that something so seemingly trivial and inexpensive could potentially save you thousands of dollars by preventing premature failure of your expensive septic system components. That's the potential of making sure your system is protected by an effluent filter. This basic, yet necessary part of your system is the focus of our episode with one of our Product Managers, David Nelson. Join us as we discuss how they work, how to choose the right filter for your system, and how they prevent damage to your downstream components. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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The Road to WEFTEC 2023

September 19, 2023

We are on the road to WEFTEC! This technical conference is reported to be the world's largest gathering of water and wastewater industry professionals. There is always a lot to see and certainly a lot for attendees to learn. This year, the exhibition will be held between October 2nd and the 4th at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. With more than 900 exhibitors and nearly 170 educational opportunities, there is something for everyone. We would love for you to stop by! We will be located in the South building in booth #2048. Come and take a look at our newest innovations and solutions. And, as always, our folks will be ready to talk with you about your projects and answer any questions you might have. You may even get a chance to appear on our podcast! To learn more about WEFTEC, or to register to attend, go to weftec.org. We look forward to seeing you there! If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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Greenbuild 2023

September 12, 2023

We are headed to Greenbuild! This yearly conference is the premier event focusing on environmental stewardship in the construction industry. Attendees from every corner of the globe come to learn more about sustainable building practices. The conference will be held September 26th through the 29th in Washington DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We would love for you to stop by and visit with us. Ask us questions about our sustainable solutions, learn more about some of our award-winning projects, or just stop for a minute to say hello. You can find us in booth #1534. We look forward to seeing you there. To learn more about the conference, go to the USGBC website, https://www.usgbc.org , and click the link at the top of the page. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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Falsehoods and High-Pressure Sales

June 27, 2023

In almost every industry, you could compile a list of things that seem to be "common knowledge" that are either half-truths, or just plain false. The wastewater industry is no different. If you have a company trying to sell you a product or a professional giving you their opinion, don't just take their word for it. Do your research and separate fact from fiction. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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High Strength Waste: What Does That Mean?

June 13, 2023

High-strength waste is always a concern. However, it can be especially problematic if you live or work in an area that is sensitive to higher concentrations of nutrients. High concentrations of nitrogen, phosphorous, and even a high BOD value can present a problem for fragile environments. Keven Kelley, one of our senior engineers, joins us to talk about what high-strength waste is, how we can treat it, and why it can be such a problem. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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Record Keeping - It's Important

June 5, 2023

In an industry that is governed by so many rules and regulations, it is important to keep records. Installers, service providers, and even home or business owners should be keeping records to document everything. In this episode, we talk about what records are important to keep and why you should be keeping them. You never know when that bit of information will come in handy or save you from trouble down the road. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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Influential Voices: An Interview with Dr. Bob Rubin, Professor Emeritus

May 16, 2023

As our industry has evolved, there were several voices that championed ideas. These influential voices inspired change, challenged conventional thinking, and invented revolutionary technologies that would set the course for future generations. These individuals all share a passion for what they do. Many of these industry pioneers are still active today. They continue to create new ideas, work on new innovations, and inspire the next generation of industry leaders. In this series, we get the chance to talk with some of these pioneers in our field. Angela and I ask them about what inspired them, the things they have accomplished, and what they see when they look toward the future. For this episode, we were very fortunate to be able to spend some time with Dr. Bob Rubin, professor emeritus at North Carolina State University. His work and research in land application of nutrient-rich effluent and sludge was, and still is, influential in forming the basis for many of the rules and regulations that govern our industry.

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Things Every Homeowner Should Know

May 2, 2023

While it isn't a big list, there are some basic things that every homeowner who has a septic system should know. In this episode, we talk about what important information you should have about your system and why it's important. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843..

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Influential Voices: An Interview with Terry Bounds, P.E.

April 18, 2023

As our industry has evolved, there were several voices that championed ideas. These influential voices inspired change, challenged conventional thinking, and invented revolutionary technologies that would set the course for future generations. These individuals all share a passion for what they do. Many of these industry pioneers are still active today. They continue to create new ideas, work on new innovations, and inspire the next generation of industry leaders. In this series, we get the chance to talk with some of these pioneers in our field. Angela and I ask them about what inspired them, the things they have accomplished, and what they see when they look toward the future. Terry Bounds, one of the industries leading authorities on septic tank design, sits down to talk with us about some of his memories and experiences. He also happens to be Angela's dad. So join us as we have a bit of fun and spend some time with Terry Bounds. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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Getting a Look at Our Industry

April 4, 2023

We work in an exciting but often misunderstood industry. Much like an iceberg, most people only sees the small, public part that happens when there is a septic problem. Most commonly, they see the dedicated people that maintain and install systems. But, like an iceberg, there is so much more that the public never gets to see. In this episode, Angela and I get to talk about what it is like to work in the wastewater infrastructure industry. We will explore the kinds of people we encounter, our very mission-driven work, and the common threads that almost all of us share. If you have comments or questions about our podcast, you can reach us through this link. To discuss a project or talk to one of our engineers, call 800-348-9843.

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