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Water Sifu #28: Chemicals in Water Treatment

Chemicals in Water Treatment In this episode I answer a couple of common questions I often receive pertaining to searching for jobs in the water industry.  I discuss a speech I recently gave about this podcast, and then we hop … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #27: Membrane Filtration

Membrane Filtration Membrane Filtration is the wave of the future in the water treatment field.  This month I spend a little time talking about my new job and the last State Treatment Exam, and then get into talking about membrane … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #26: Never Say Never… Advanced Treatment Audio Flash Cards

Advanced Treatment Audio Flash Cards (click to listen in a new window) I’m back for three more monthly shows, starting with another audio flash cards show.  This is one I initially made for myself, but decided to release because I … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #25: Hello and Goodbye

Hello and Goodbye (click to listen in a new window) I haven’t stopped teaching! … still going strong and still loving it! However,  this episode of The Water Sifu is the last in this podcast series.  With that in mind, … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #24: Your Questions About Certification and Hiring

Your Questions about Certification and Hiring (click to listen in a new window) This month I let you produce the show, answering some of the most common questions I have received pertaining to certification and getting hired in the water industry. … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #23: Pumps and Motors

Pumps and Motors (click to listen in a new window) This packed full episode deals entirely with pumps and motors.  Discussing pumps, we specifically focus on volute and turbine centrifugal pumps, since they are by far the most common used … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #22: Water Treatment Techniques, Part 2

Treatment Techniques, Part 2 (click to listen in a new window) Part 2 of 2 in a series on water quality problems and treatment techniques…  I begin this show by talking about my recent meetings with Leo Laporte, “The Tech … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #21: Water Treatment Techniques, Part 1

Treatment Techniques, Part 1 (click to listen in a new window) This episode is the first part of a two part show concentrating on material you need to know for your state exams concerning different harmful or undesirable issues which … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #20: Water Chemistry

Water Chemistry (click to listen in a new window) The meat of this episode focuses on some water chemistry subjects which can initially be difficult to grasp, specifically the subjects of pH, alkalinity, and calcium carbonate saturation.  We will discuss … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #19: Meters and Valves

Meters and Valves (click to listen in a new window) In this episode of The Water Sifu, I spend a brief time discussing some things going on in my life, as well as upcoming episodes, and then jump into the … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #18: Distribution Review – Audio Flash Cards

Distribution Review – Audio Flash Cards (click to listen in a new window) With the popularity of the last “Water Treatment” audio flash cards episode, I have had many people request I do another with an emphasis on “Water Distribution … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #17: Trenching, Shoring and Water Main Construction

Trenching Shoring and Water Main Construction (click to listen in a new window) This week focuses on everything having to do with main construction and installation… pipe types, joints, soil types, competent person, trenching and shoring, excavations, pipe laying, back-filling, … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #16: Drinking Water Supply

Drinking Water Supply (click to listen in a new window) The format of this show will be switching to a monthly format, with the episodes primarily focusing on treatment and distribution exam preparation.  This week we spend a little time … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #15: Water Treatment Exam Prep – Audio Flash Cards

Water Treatment Exam Prep (click to listen in a new window) I think that creating and using flash cards is an incredible tool for ingraining the knowledge when studying for your water treatment or distribution exams.  A major stray from … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #14: Passing your Water Treatment or Water Distribution Exam – The First Time

Passing your Water Treatment or Water Distribution Exam (click to listen in a new window) In this podcast I share my advice on how to best improve your chances of success on your water treatment and water distribution exams.  From … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #13: Water Math

Water Math (click to listen in a new window) Knowing your water math is a huge step in passing any distribution, treatment, or waste water state exam. Those that know it have a huge step up and those that don’t … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #12: Government Regulations

Government Regulation of the Drinking Water Industry (click to listen in a new window) In this episode of The Water Sifu, I spend a brief time discussing issues which have gotten in my way of putting out regular weekly content, … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #11 – Hard and Soft Water, Iron and Manganese Problems, Nitrification

Hard / Soft Water, Iron and Manganese, Nitrification (click to listen in a new window) This week I focus on some random, undesirable, issues which may arise in the system and affect water quality… specifically  hard or soft water problems, … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #10: Biological Contaminants and Disinfection

Biological Contaminants and Disinfection (click to listen in a new window) Biological contaminants of the water supply have killed millions and millions of people through the years.  Today we are going to look at some of these contaminants and show … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #9: Implementation of Fluoride Programs (part 4 of 4)

Implementation of Fluoride Programs (click to listen in a new window) Part 4 of a 4 Part series, this episode will take a look at how fluoride programs are implemented.  We will discuss the major players behind pushing fluoridation programs, … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #8 – Fluoridation: Safe and Effective ….Really??? (part 3 of 4)

Fluoridation – Safe and Effective  ….Really??? (click to listen in a new window) Part 3 of 4, This episode will focus on the “safe and effective” aspects of water fluoridation.  I ask the questions… “Is it safe?” and “Is it … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #7 – The History of Fluoridation (part 2 of 4)

Water Sifu #7:  The History of Fluoridation (Part 2 of 4) (click to listen in a new window) The History of Fluoridation is the subject of this weeks episode.  In an attempt to fill in some huge gaps in the … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #6 – Water Fluoridation: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, or an Unnecessary Evil?

Water Sifu #6:  Water Fluoridation Part One (click to listen in a new window) Water fluoridation has long been a hotly debated topic.  This episode of The Water Sifu will discuss my initial thoughts about the fluoridation of drinking water, … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #5 – Women in the Water Industry

Water Sifu Episode 5:  Women in the Water Industry (click to listen in a new window) This episode of The Water Sifu is a discussion / interview, and will focus on women doing field work in the water industry.  Special … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #4 – Water Distribution System Overview

Water Sifu Episode 4: Distribution System Overview (click to listen in a new window) This episode of The Water Sifu is going to talk about water distribution systems, giving you a brief overview of how the whole process works.  We’re … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #3 – Water Treatment Overview

Water Sifu Episode 3 – Water Treatment Overview (click to listen in a new window) Water Treatment is the subject of this weeks episode, with an emphasis on Conventional Treatment.  We will follow water from the moment it enters the … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #2 – Water Treatment Operator or Distribution Operator Certification

Water Sifu Episode 2 – Water Treatment / Distribution Operator Certification (click to listen in new window) In this episode of The Water Sifu, I concentrate our discussion on Operator Certification.  I will discuss why you want to get certified, … Continue reading

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Water Sifu #1 – An Introduction to The Water Sifu, and Working in the Drinking Water Industry

The Water Sifu – Episode 1 (click to listen in a new window) This first episode of The Water Sifu will introduce you to myself and explain how I went from a life devoted to the martial arts to running … Continue reading

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