Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. WWEMA Window: Don’t Lose Sight Of The Past As You Look To The Future

    As a board liaison and an associate member of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA), I am pleased to have an opportunity to provide some comments and observations from a rep’s perspective.

  2. Math Solutions: Combining Concentrations

    “Wastewater Dan” instructs operators on how to perform calculations for combining concentrations.

  3. Math Solutions: More Volume Calculations

    Water Online contributor Dan Theobald provides a second round of “Math Solutions” devoted to volume calculations (see the initial installment here). Based on 24-plus years of experience in training and consultation, tutorials from “Wastewater Dan” are designed to help the operator both in the field and while sitting for certification exams.

  4. Advancing The Cause Of Water In The Next Generation

    Recently I had the privilege of participating as a judge in the 2017 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), which brings the best and brightest of our high school men and women, grades 9 to 12, together to compete for the right to represent the U.S. globally at the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition later this year. 

  5. Bleeding Blue: Issues, Opportunity Greet New AWWA President

    Airtime for water industry issues used to be a rarity in mainstream news, but that has changed of late — a development that is not particularly welcome, considering that bad news makes for good copy.

  6. Isn't It Time For Your Utility To Get On Social Media?

    Social media engagement has for too long been a missed opportunity for drinking water utilities. A new research project seeks to convince them that they need to change that.

  7. EPA Puts Crisis Tools In The Hands Of Utilities

    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.

  8. Radioactive Iodine In Wastewater Treatment Plants

    Radioactive material in the environment often causes public concern or even panic. However, it is very common for wastewater treatment plants to have some radioactive material passing through the system. Radioactive material may occur naturally or through nuclear fission. Iodine-127 and Iodine-131 are the most common Iodine isotopes found in municipal biosolids, because it has a tendency to re-concentrate in the waste stream. This article will further explain the basic background of radioactive Iodine, its use, health risks, and its presence in the wastewater treatment plant.

  9. Next-Level Communications Solves SCADA Problem For City Of St. George

    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. Supporting The Next Generation Of Scientists

    I was always fascinated with science as a kid, and as I have grown older that curiosity has not waned. In fact, it has increased exponentially.  On family outings, it’s usually the case that I’m pulling my granddaughter aside to describe to her the intricacies of a water or wastewater plant seen from the road or pointing out the sewage lift stations that dot the highway.  This is a particular favorite of mine; it’s the equivalent of license plate spotting for the environmentally inclined.