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What would you say to the idea of drink­ing a tall, cool glass of waste­water? On the face of it, it sounds, well, yucky. But it turns out you’ve prob­a­bly been drink­ing it all along. There’s good tech­nol­o­gy now for extract­ing impu­ri­ties and mak­ing even the dirt­i­est water potable. And some water dis­tricts around the coun­try are tak­ing this tech­nol­o­gy to scale. This week on Sea Change Radio, we dig into the archives and hear from Mike Markus, the Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of the Orange Coun­ty, Cal­i­for­nia Water Dis­trict. Orange County’s prac­tices may rep­re­sent the high water-mark for the re-use of H2O. Then, we speak with Don­nel Baird, the founder and CEO of BlocPow­er, a start­up that uses tech­nol­o­gy to retro­fit build­ings in finan­cial­ly under­served com­mu­ni­ties. Baird explains BlocPower’s busi­ness mod­el, tells us what inspired him to start the com­pa­ny, and talks about the chal­lenges that the cur­rent polit­i­cal envi­ron­ment brings.