Asset Management Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. Knowledge Retention: Stay Up To Date As Workers Come And Go
    3/22/2019

    Understaffing, upcoming retirements, and finding qualified replacements seem to be recurring themes in the water industry. Perhaps the answers are as much about the tools we use as the people using them. Here is how a new approach to utility data management can capture the knowledge of retiring workers, share the insight across all disciplines, and shore up the skills and interests of the next generation.

  2. Better Asset Maintenance Through Better Data Management
    3/21/2019

    The more a water utility knows about its current operations, the better equipped it can be to make more informed decisions about upcoming maintenance and capital replacement programs. Here are several key approaches to identifying cost-effective ways to make merging historical asset data and current operational data as the next step toward building a stronger, more resilient utility.

  3. WWEMA Window: Service — More Than Just Parts And Spares
    3/20/2019

    As an industry we continue to navigate the paradox that consumers of our product often take its value for granted.  Producing clean water is no small endeavor.  Whether it be the plant design, technology selection, treatment plant construction, or maintaining successful operation, each step is dependent on the others to achieve success. 

  4. Maximizing The ROI On Your SCADA Investment
    3/20/2019

    In many water industry applications, a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system is considered the heartbeat of the operation. As a result, many data management decisions revolve around what the SCADA system can or cannot do and how big of a deal and expense it is to change. Can’t there be a way to devise more ROI-responsive data solutions, without having to change SCADA solutions?

  5. Structuring Utility Data For Improved Event Management
    3/19/2019

    For all the talk about scarcity of source water, funding, and the next-generation labor pool in the water industry, there is one area that is not falling short — data collection. Here is how water and sewer districts inundated with data collected from a variety of central control systems, pressure loggers, and stand-alone sensors can streamline and manage that flood of data in ways that cut their major concerns down to size.

  6. Sustainability And Asset Management In Action
    3/1/2019

    Asset management plans — and planners — must adapt to the challenges and needs of tomorrow, where sustainability is required for prosperity.

  7. Beating Back Corrosive Moisture: Why Humidity Is A Problem In Midwest Water Plants
    3/1/2019

    Protection of infrastructure, employees, and budgets is at stake for utilities sweating through humid plant conditions.

  8. A 14-Point Checklist For Choosing The Right Water Utility Network
    1/26/2019

    Mass market access to the internet through a combination of hardwired, Wi-Fi, or cellular communications channels has conditioned many people to think that “a network is a network is a network.” When it comes to water utilities, however, the nature of the application environments and requirements dictate a closer look at how to satisfy the specific requirements most efficiently. Here are 14 checkpoints to consider before selecting a new network option or revamping an old one.

  9. Answering Aeration’s Big Dilemma — Repair Or Replace?
    1/25/2019

    In wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), repair vs. replace considerations are an ongoing dilemma. How much money is it sensible to spend repairing an older piece of equipment vs. upgrading to the best overall replacement option for current operating conditions? Even if the underlying hope is for a quick and easy repair, the answers are not always cut-and-dried. Before making the default decision to repair, evaluate key points that can pay dividends both immediately and over the long run.  

  10. Quantifying The Benefits Of High-Volume Meter Testing
    1/24/2019

    “I know that (blank) is good for me; I just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet!” Most of us can fill in that blank with any number of tasks — modifying diets, exercising, or monitoring commercial and industrial (C&I) water meter accuracy at our largest utility accounts. If that last item is still on your “to-do” list, here are several good reasons why you should do it and how to make it happen soon.