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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.

Working Internationally

June 19, 2024

Cleaning up wastewater isn't just an issue we face here at home. There are many, many places around the world that would benefit from having cleaner groundwater. Our International team works with our dealers and partners around the globe participating in projects that will enhance the local ecosystems and keep communities safe from groundwater contamination. Join us as we talk with Brian, Holda, and David, about the things that make their jobs unique and how they work to overcome obstacles we don't often face in our domestic markets. 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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Get To Know Us: Mike Saunders

June 5, 2024

In this conversation, Mike Saunders shares his journey in the water and wastewater industry. He discusses how he entered the industry and the challenges he faced, including turning around a failed septic to sewer program. Mike also talks about his transition to Orenco and his passion for making a difference in water quality. His favorite part of the job is seeing communities benefit socially, economically, and environmentally from wastewater solutions. 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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Get to Know Us: Catherine Kirkland

May 6, 2024

In this episode, we talk with Catherine Kirkland, an engineer at Orenco, to learn about her experiences in the wastewater industry. Catherine shares her background and education, as well as her role as a regional sales engineer. She tells us about her interest in the industry and her favorite part of the job, which is the social aspect and the opportunity to meet new people. Catherine also discusses her least favorite part of the job, repetitive office work. Finally, she talks with us about her passion for working on projects in rural areas and making a difference in communities. 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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World Water Day 2024

March 27, 2024

In this episode, Angela and Shawn discuss the importance of recognizing World Water Day and the ongoing need for water conservation efforts. They highlight the repetitiveness of water conservation discussions and the necessity of having dedicated days to raise awareness. The theme of this year's World Water Day is 'Water for Peace,' focusing on water scarcity and lack of access to clean water. The conversation also includes alarming statistics on the number of people without access to safe drinking water and proper wastewater facilities. Angela and Shawn emphasize the impact of waterborne illnesses and the importance of managed wastewater systems. They express their desire for universal access to clean water and the role of awareness and education in achieving this goal. The conversation concludes with a call to action, urging listeners to share water awareness content and contribute to solving the world's water problems. 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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Vacation Homes and Wastewater Systems

March 14, 2024

In this episode, we discuss vacation homes and short-term rentals with Cory Lyon, and Aaron Yates. Cory and Aaron define vacation homes and highlight the trend of people frequently renting out their properties. The conversation explores the variations in vacation homes by region, including examples from California, the Midwest, and the Northeast. We also discuss the design considerations and best technology for short-term rentals which leads to the importance of maintenance and monitoring systems for optimal performance. The conversation concludes with a discussion on transitioning between vacation rentals and permanent residences and the need for clear communication and instructions for guests.

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Perspectives on Aging Infrastructure

February 22, 2024

Mike Saunders joins us for another engaging discussion. This time, the conversation explores the concept of aging infrastructure in the wastewater industry. It discusses the two main aspects of aging infrastructure: deteriorating functionality and becoming obsolete. The timeline for infrastructure to be considered aging varies, with some systems losing functionality as early as 10 years. Not surprisingly, the problem of aging infrastructure is significant, with thousands of sewer overflows reported and billions of dollars spent on repairs and maintenance.

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Talking About Our "Why"

February 22, 2024

In his book "Start With Why", author Simon Sinek talks about inspiration, and discovering your drive and passion for doing what inspires you. In a departure from our normal format, Angela and I take some time to talk about our own personal "why". We talk about what drives us and inspires us to be a part of this industry and a part of Orenco Systems. What drives you? Do you have a passion for what you do? Do you know what your "why" is?

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Our Favorite Industry Information Resources

January 11, 2024

Looking for information regarding our industry can seem overwhelming. There are a lot of places out there that will provide you with information. Some of it is good, and some...not so good. Sometimes, finding reputable sources can be a challenge. To help you out, we have put together a brief list of websites, textbooks, tradeshows, and publications to get you started.

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The Dealer Spotlight: AQWA

December 21, 2023

In the wastewater industry, being an equipment dealer means so much more than just selling equipment. There is often more to a project than just the parts and piece that go into an installation. Many dealers often offer additional services or resources that can help in every phase of a project. Engineers sometimes need product specs or design assistance. Installers may ask for installation advice, instructions, or drawings, and service providers might need help with processes, testing procedures, and the like. Dealers fill an important role in this industry and we want to highlight some of them to talk about that role and how they can bring value to your project. In this episode, Angela and I talk with Steve Barry with AQWA in North Carolina.

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Those Mysterious Acronyms: What Do They Mean?

December 7, 2023

Every industry has acronyms or uses some kind of shorthand to convey information. If you have been in any particular industry for an extended period of time, you have probably picked up on many of them. Many of us use them on a daily basis and often forget that new industry members or those outside the industry don't understand what we mean when we use them. In this episode, Angela and I try to "lift the curtain" on some of the more common acronyms and help you understand what is being talked about.

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