Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. Affordable Sewer For Small Communities
    1/12/2018

    Affordability and maintainability are two of the greatest challenges small municipalities face when constructing and managing sewer infrastructure. With these challenges in mind, it’s important for small cities to choose wisely when investing in a wastewater system that needs to last for 30-60 years.

  2. In Trump Era, A New Plan For Drinking Water Safety
    1/26/2017

    A U.S. EPA “call to action” for improving drinking water seems to lay the groundwork for the new president to address public health.

  3. A Flight Simulator For Treatment Facilities: The New Frontier For Modeling Complete Treatment Plant Operations
    8/19/2016

    Inconsistent water availability, reduced capital and operational budgets and tightening regulations are posing real challenges for our water conveyance and treatment infrastructure today.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Achieving Success Through Leading People, Setting Goals, And Measuring Performance In Public Works
    3/7/2017

    Leadership and management are commonly used to describe successful directors, managers, or supervisors within the field of public works.

  7. Making Water Quality Matter Every Day
    4/19/2016

    Every day most of the developed world wakes up and turns on a tap to get water. Whether it’s for tea, coffee, or just a plain glass of water, most people can count on fresh, clean potable water just the way they like it.

  8. The U.S. Conference Of Mayors: Moving Infrastructure Progress Forward
    6/23/2017

    It happens with every new presidential administration in modern times, the promise to “do more about the nation’s infrastructure problems.” But what happens after these words are spoken? Who becomes the voice of the people and makes sure that these promises are kept? The U.S. Conference of Mayors plays a major role in not just ensuring that administrations “make good” on the promises, but in helping to shape infrastructure plans and make the most efficient, effective use of federal funding.

  9. Tips For Training Today’s Operator — And Making It Stick
    2/24/2014

    Introducing three training trends that improve operators’ understanding and plant performance

  10. 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.