Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. 5 Steps To Prepare The Next Generation Of Water Workers
    7/10/2018

    Much like investing in water infrastructure, the country often overlooks the pressing need to invest in a skilled workforce to manage these systems. Nearly 1.7 million “water workers”construct, operate, and maintain water systems found in every region, whether employed in utilities, engineering firms, or other industries. And many water workers are in short supply due to a wave of retirements and a lack of younger talent, even though they earn more competitive wages, tend to only need a high school diploma or less, and develop valuable skillsets over time.

  2. Everything You Need To Know About Membrane Replacement
    8/5/2015

    In this short tutorial, an expert from GE Water & Process Technologies talks about membrane replacement -- when to replace them, how to do it, and much more. You'll also hear from a GE customer to see why they replaced their membranes and what happened as a result.

  3. Being Part Of The Water Evolution: It Takes An Environment For Innovation
    3/29/2017

    Recently on UN World Water Day, the UN launched Clean Water Here, an initiative dedicated to educating the public about the need for safe drinking water globally. The effort emphasizes the tough realities faced by the water sector, from aging and leaky infrastructure to treatment facilities ill-equipped to protect people — especially the poor and most vulnerable — from 21st-century contaminants.

  4. Design First, Build Later
    2/16/2018

    Sounds simple. It makes sense. But far too many people do not do this. They put together an idea, a process, but fail to take the design to completion before starting to build. Cutting corners always comes at a price. There is an old saying in Project Management, “You can have it good, fast, or cheap. Pick any TWO”. Cutting corners will bump your cost, decrease quality, or possibly both.

  5. Big Project? Lead Even Bigger With 4 Steps To Project Success In 2018
    2/1/2018

    In the first months of the new year, many of us find ourselves facing a combination of ambitious agendas, competing priorities, and budget realities. In the U.S. water sector, there is a never-ending gamut of accountabilities involved in ensuring water quality, including addressing and preventing water shortages, innovating to fight contamination and treat wastewater, and upgrading vast infrastructure.

  6. The 'O' And The 'M' In Operation And Maintenance Of Water And Wastewater Treatment Plants
    9/22/2014

    According to Sullivan in 2010, “Operations and Maintenance are the decisions and actions regarding the control and upkeep of property and equipment.”

  7. What Pumps Tell Us About Water, Power, And The Worker
    10/10/2017

    High up in the Tehachapi Mountains of California’s Central Valley lies the largest consumer of the state’s electricity, driving 14 centrifugal pumps, each rated at 80,000 hp.

  8. Training The Next Generation Of Operators
    7/27/2016

    St. Cloud Technical and Community College’s WETT program prepares students for careers as water and wastewater plant operators with a 95 percent placement average.

  9. Next-Level Communications Solves SCADA Problem For City Of St. George
    8/4/2015

    Water and wastewater treatment facilities around the globe are turning to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to help automate and improve the security of their facilities through high performance M2M wireless communications. In fact, there is a suite of Class 1 and Div 2 spread spectrum unlicensed and licensed radios specifically for water/wastewater applications, including high-speed wireless Ethernet, serial, and IO radios. These radios can be easily networked to ensure that facility monitoring and performance data are accurate and delivered in a timely fashion. These solutions can help municipalities design and implement a world-class point to point wireless network for unique facility applications including water and wastewater treatment plant monitoring, pump house control, chemical monitoring and control, SCADA systems, remote video surveillance and security, water flow control, and cathodic protection applications.

  10. Making America’s Water Utilities Great
    3/20/2017

    This January, a national leader emerged with a plan to shake up the status quo, touting a “business” approach to rectify historic “inadequacies” of our system. And we should all be on board with the plan, because it means potentially great things for the water and wastewater industry.