Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. Confined Spaces In Construction: The New 29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA
    6/1/2015

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has just released a new construction standard 29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA.

  2. Testing The Waters: SCADA Simulator Updates Operator Training
    9/1/2015

    It might seem straight out of Space Camp, but  there is an increasingly common scene in water and wastewater municipalities where supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) simulation training offers hands-on experience to usher in the next generation of operators.

  3. The Bible On Effective Utility Management
    4/28/2016

    The U.S. EPA and multiple water groups recently gathered during Water Week 2016 in Washington, D.C. to announce updates to an essential guide for effective utility management (EUM). If utilities aren't already familiar with this document, they need to be. 

  4. Hold The Salt, Save The Water
    1/27/2016

    An important part of public safety is the application of sodium chloride — road salt, rock salt, ice melt, etc. — to reduce slippery conditions on roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. But there is a downside to the liberal application of road salt: it eventually ends up in waterways and groundwater, affecting ecosystems and water quality.

  5. Asbestos Pipe Safety Awareness And Compliance
    2/20/2015

    The distribution system for water treatment has several hazards especially asbestos cement piping.

  6. EPA Puts Crisis Tools In The Hands Of Utilities
    7/2/2015

    The U.S. EPA has launched a mobile website to consolidate the information and tools that water utility operators and response partners need during an emergency.

  7. Your Key To Project Success? Think Human
    7/14/2017

    There may be no easy answers when it comes to handling the capital projects often necessary to keep water infrastructure safe and secure. But there is guidance for how to lead those projects — and produce on-time, on-budget results, including pipelines and systems that perform reliably for years to come.

  8. Math Solutions: Waste Activated Sludge (WAS) Calculations
    7/10/2014

    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.

  9. United Utilities Improves Customer Satisfaction While Reducing Costs
    3/30/2016

    The rising marginal cost of producing clean water together with increasing demand and higher expectations of reliability and quality of service leaves utilities facing an uphill challenge — managing aging systems and infrastructure with limited resources.

  10. The Future Of Water Management
    3/16/2017

    To minimize losses and address mounting concerns, the water industry is now adopting advanced sensor and communications solutions designed specifically for “smart” Internet of Things (IoT) water management. In large part, the move toward implementing smart water solutions is being driven by stricter government compliance requirements, the evolution of smart cities, and the need for water conservation.