Episode 1: water resiliency at the Sewerage & water board of new orleans


In our premiere episode, guest host Charles Fishman interviews Ghassan Korban, executive director of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO), to discuss the challenges of modernizing an aging 4-in-1 utility system during demanding times, including an aging infrastructure, climate impacts and COVID-19.

Plus a bonus track!
Get a glimpse of a day in the life of Danny Brammer, a front-line water dispatcher at the Water Division of the Imperial Irrigation District whose job is helping oversee the delivery of 3 billion gallons of water a day to one of the most productive agricultural regions in the United States.

For further reading

A profile of Ghassan Korban:

The famous logo of the SWBNO:


ABout Charles fishman

Over the last five years, Charles Fishman has become one of the most forceful, challenging and inspiring voices on water issues in the US. He is the author of “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life & Turbulent Future of Water,” which is the bestselling book about water in the last generation. Fishman has been helping to host the Water Leaders Summit, for The Water Council, since 2016. He has spoken about water at MIT, the United Nations, the headquarters of Hershey chocolate and Unilever, at the US State Department and at the Hague. He has spent his career as a reporter, editor and author. He started as a staff writer for The Washington Post, and has written for The New York TimesThe Atlantic MonthlySmithsonian, and Fast Company magazine, his professional home for the last 20 years.


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Major support is also provided by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Corvias, along with Badger Meter, Baird, Fund for Lake Michigan, Evoqua, Kikkoman, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Quality Water Products and SCS Global.