Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. Math Solutions: Activated Sludge Process Control Calculations

    Some wastewater calculations rely on multiple math steps to arrive at the conclusion, complicating an already challenging aspect of the operator’s role. Wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald helps operators overcome the intimidation of solving activated sludge process control by offering a step-by-step tutorial.

  2. Florida County Saves More Than $30 Million In Work Optimization

    Execution of recommendations based on two evaluations for Volusia County, Florida has now saved the County more than $30 million since 2008. The County implemented many of the recommended improvements as described in the two evaluations for the Public Works Department that were conducted in 2007 and 2009. With a considerable investment of time and resources, the County desired to determine the impact and results of their efforts.

  3. The 4 Pillars Of Control Room Operator Effectiveness

    With more water and wastewater utilities, as well as industrial facilities, moving toward digitalization, it’s important to understand the needs of data gatekeepers and decision-makers to set them up for success.

  4. The High Stakes Of Smart Water: $1 Trillion And 1.8 Billion People

    Making the business case for smart water networks and advanced metering infrastructure

  5. 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.

  6. Math Solutions: Efficiency And Recovery Calculations

    “Wastewater Dan” helps wastewater operators understand efficiency and recovery with more easy-to-apply mathematical templates.

  7. Get PO'ed: 5 Reasons To Achieve 'Professional Operator' Certification

    A few letters after your name can make all the difference in your career — just ask any RN, CPA, or PE. They prove your ability, expertise, and work ethic. Such certification functions well for countless trades, so why not for water and wastewater operators?

  8. Dynamic Improvements In Low Pressure Membranes And System Design

    We are programmed to believe that the word “fouled” is inherently bad, identifying something that is dirty, unclean, or contaminated.  But for those of us in the membrane industry, the physical presence of “foulants” simply confirms that our treatment was necessary and that our process is successfully producing a more pristine effluent.

  9. Model Behavior: Evaluating Instrumentation And Control In The Coagulation Process

    An electrical engineer does the math on coagulation process control, using computational modeling to determine best practices.

  10. How To Leverage Water Data To 'Make Your Case'

    Efficiently managing potable water treatment and distribution or wastewater collection and treatment involves many moving components, not the least of which are cost implications. If only there was a way to quantify and analyze those factors to leverage them for better decision-making. There are, and they reach far beyond tactical treatment plant adjustments, all the way up to strategic decisions as well.