LABOR SOLUTIONS & INSIGHTS FOR UTILITY MANAGERS
First Nationwide Operator Certification Standards Released
The Association of Boards of Certification recently released Model Standards of Operator Certification—the first nationwide, uniform standards for certification programs for those who manage water and wastewater systems.
Occupational Safety And Utility Compliance: 7 Tips For Risk Management Program Compliance
The EPA’s Risk Management Program is a necessary but daunting regulation that imposes strict adherence and heavy consequences for non-compliance. These tips are designed to keep utilities safe in every sense. By Sheldon Primus, Utility Compliance Inc.
Sick Work! Sewage Exposure Stats And Solutions
Everyone knows that sewer work is a “dirty job,” but there are factors — and real-life stories — that suggest the incidence and risk of sickness are rising.
Occupational Safety And Utility Compliance: Tips for Surviving A Regulatory Plant Inspection
Whether the name is the State Department of Environmental Protection Agency or Department of Water Quality, or some other name, the agency can strike fear in municipalities when they inspect the plant. It is not that most plants have something to hide or are discharging inferior water, but no one likes to be under the microscope. Let alone under the microscope of a regulatory agency with the power to fine the utility. By Sheldon Primus, MPA, COSS
Math Solutions: Waste Activated Sludge (WAS) Calculations
Water Online’s “Math Solutions” series, presented by wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”), provides an understanding of the sometimes difficult calculations involved in achieving wastewater operator certification.
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8 Questions For Every Water Utility After The UCLA Water Main Break
The water and mud from the big water main break that flooded the UCLA campus in Los Angeles in late July left behind several questions that could be asked of every water supplier in the country. Find out for yourself how vulnerable your home town’s water supply is to leaks and breaks with these eight questions. By Ed Osann, NRDC senior water policy analyst
Do You Know The Value Of Decentralized Infrastructure?
According to the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment systems are an important part of a country’s permanent wastewater infrastructure.
12 Monitoring Applications That Will Keep A Finger On The Pulse Of Your Water Distribution System
“You can’t manage what you don’t monitor”, an adage first attributed to Lord Kelvin applies to practically everything, including water distribution systems.
Tips On Integrating Packaged Equipment Into Plant SCADA Systems
Integrating controls from an equipment supplier successfully within a Plant SCADA or DCS system requires communication on multiple levels. These levels include process of design, mechanical fit up and installation, as well as the coordination to get the equipment to work in concert with the plant’s other control systems. Simply looking after mechanical/electrical details are not enough. To be successful, the plant’s System Integrator and the equipment supplier’s PLC programmer must work with each other throughout the entire project’s development. By Todd Nydam, JWC Environmental LLC & Graham Nasby, Eramosa Engineering Inc.
Internal Branding Key To Creating Water Utility Employee Ambassadors
Internal branding can ignite employee performance, strengthen the profit potential of a water utility, and play a key role in helping utility executives and leaders inform staff of their external-facing expectations. To stimultate employee brand support and organizational change, internal communication and branding efforts should be a direct and constructive expression of the organization’s vision and strategic plan.
Iced! Polar Vortex Lessons From An Ohio Water Utility
In early January 2014, the polar vortex enveloped the Great Lakes region. When the vortex passed over Lake Erie, a phenomenon called frazil ice sent an untold number of slender shards of ice directly into Avon Lake Regional Water’s intake crib.
Tips For Training Today’s Operator — And Making It Stick
Introducing three training trends that improve operators’ understanding and plant performance
Understanding Municipal Bonds And Their Benefits
An analysis of tax-exempt bonds, the water/wastewater market, and infrastructure funding
Severn Trent Services Showcases Industry-Leading Water And Wastewater Treatment Solutions At WEFTEC 2014
Severn Trent Services, a leading global supplier of water and wastewater treatment solutions, will showcase its industry-leading solutions at the WEFTEC exhibition and conference in New Orleans, La., from 27 September – 1 October 2014 at booth #4217.
City Of Raleigh Public Utilities Department Receives Prestigious Award From The Partnership For Safe Water
The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department has received the “Directors Award of Recognition” from the Partnership for Safe Water, a program developed by AWWA, EPA, and associated Partner organizations, to guide water suppliers towards improving water quality by optimizing system operations.
Results Of Smart Meter Investigation Point To External Factors
Sensus, a leading provider of clean technology solutions, is conducting utility site inspections and performing extensive lab testing to determine the root cause of recent smart meter incidents.
Consolidated Waterworks, LA Deploys Sedaru Software, Optimizes Its Water Network Operations
IDModeling, Inc., a leading global provider of smart water network software and services, announced recently that Consolidated Waterworks District No. 1 of Terrebonne Parish, LA has deployed its flagship service, Sedaru to connect and optimize its water operations.
WEF, IWA Strengthen Shared Commitment To Improved Water Management
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to accelerate joint work to grow and disseminate water knowledge and to serve and advance the global water profession.
The Hydraulic Institute & Pump Systems Matter Announce The First 3-Part Slurry Pumps Webinar Series Of 2014
The Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter announce dates for the first Slurry Pumps 3-part webinar series of 2014. The series will be presented by slurry pump expert, Robert Visintainer, VP Engineering, Research & Development of GIW Industries.