Scaling UP! H2O

277 Pinks and Blues: Answering Listener Questions About the Podcast

Trace has been hosting the podcast since 2017, and in this episode, he is going to answer your listener questions. Do we record our episodes live, or do we pre-record them? Why did Trace Blackmore start the podcast? What does Trace get out of hosting the weekly podcast? How do our listeners find the podcast? Why does he strongly support the Association of Water Technologies (AWT)? Who is on the podcast team, and what do they do? What metrics do we look at to know that listeners enjoy our episodes? Does he use any special microphones when recording? Will he ever invite the spouses of water treatment professionals on the show? What is the best thing that has happened to Trace since starting the podcast? Where do most of our listeners download the podcast? Trace will answer those listener questions in this episode as he sets the stage for this month’s Scaling UP! H2O theme: Podcasts.

You read that right. This is not the last episode about podcasts. In the next few weeks, we are going to hear from hosts of other podcasts in the water industry as they talk about their shows and the behind-the-scenes of making them.

Bottom line: Trace Blackmore will answer listener questions about the  Scaling UP! H2O Podcast.



Trace Blackmore welcomes you to the latest Pinks and Blues episode and Upcoming Events for Water Treatment Professionals [00:20]

Thinking On Water With James [14:58]

Trace Blackmore answers listener questions about the  Scaling UP! H2O Podcast [19:57]

Thinking On Water With James: 

In this week’s episode, we’re thinking about the mass balance around a cooling tower system. Sure, you have the makeup water, evaporation, and blowdown, but where else may water enter or leave the cooling tower system? Is water lost to the overflow when the system is shut down and water drains back from the piping? Is excessive water lost due to drift or windage? Are there process leaks either removing water from the system or even adding water to the system? Is there a secondary makeup source? Is there a leak in the basin? How much water is lost due to the backwash of a sidestream filter? Is the blowdown valve closing all the way? Take this week to think about the mass balance around a cooling tower system and what you may have seen or could see.


“I started the podcast because I enjoy teaching.” – Trace Blackmore

“When I teach something, I learn it better.” – Trace Blackmore

“Q: Why Volunteer? A: The more you give, the more you will get out of it.” – Trace Blackmore

“I love the water treatment industry.” – Trace Blackmore

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