Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. How Utilities Can Put Safety Into The Hands Of Employees
    3/14/2018

    A recent initiative and underlying philosophy at American Water offers a lesson in what it looks like to empower utility employees to take charge of their own workplace safety.

  2. Math Solutions: Mixed Liquor Volatile Suspended Solids (MLVSS) Calculations
    10/4/2016

    Wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”) dives deeper into the activated sludge process with calculations focused on MLVSS.

  3. Demography is Destiny: The Looming Wave Of Retirements In The Water And Wastewater Industry
    1/24/2018

    It’s a foregone conclusion that operators are on their way out at utilities across the country, yet the workload remains and could even intensify. When it comes to preserving talent, institutional knowledge, and the future of the industry, the solution may be closer than you think.

  4. Lessons From DC Water’s Rock Star, George Hawkins
    1/31/2018

    In just eight years at DC Water, which provides drinking water, sewage collection, and sewage treatment in Washington, D.C., serving more than 600,000 residents, George Hawkins transformed the utility from insular and guarded to open and innovative.

  5. Sewer Sense: Smart Decisions About Sanitary Sewer System Is Paying Off For Utility And Customers
    12/5/2017

    Using a technology called SmartCover Systems, the Prince William County Service Authority is able to remotely monitor wastewater flows in strategic areas across Prince William County. A SmartCover is comprised of a small device that electronically monitors the level of flow in sewer mains from the underside of a manhole cover.

  6. Operation Brain Drain: Workforce Issues At California Utilities
    2/3/2016

    Every weekday morning at about 9:00 a.m., hopeful water professionals get the latest job posting from Brown and Caldwell, the go-to website for water industry job openings. By around lunchtime that same day, one maintenance worker position gets roughly 100 to 200 views.

  7. Drones: How They Can Change Your Water Operations
    12/19/2016

    An eye in the sky offers a new dataset for treatment plant and pipeline infrastructure planning and decision making.

  8. Math Solutions: Load Calculations
    12/1/2014

    Water Online’s “Math Solutions,” presented by wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”), instructs operators on load calculations.

  9. Water Heroes Come To The Rescue In Times Of Need
    8/22/2017

    I think we could all speak of a time when we viewed utility workers as one of these “everyday” heroes. Most of us can share a story of a time when a storm knocked out power but, thanks to linemen working around the clock, power was restored to every home within 24 hours. Or of a water main break that was fixed before area residents were placed in a dire situation.

  10. Math Solutions: Energy Dollar Savings Calculations
    1/6/2017

    Energy efficiency, as defined in wastewater treatment, is using less energy to provide the same service. It can be expressed as energy dollar savings by replacing older, inefficient motors.