Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. The U.S. Conference Of Mayors: Moving Infrastructure Progress Forward

    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.

  2. How New Jersey American Water Uses Fleet Management To Lower Fuel Costs, Optimize Scheduling

    New Jersey American Water is a subsidiary of American Water Works & Guarantee Company. It was founded in 1886 and has been servicing customers and communities for more than 125 years. New Jersey American Water provides high-quality water and wastewater service to 600,000 customers in six counties using a fleet of 600 vehicles.

  3. Does Size Matter For Public Works Directors? Is There A Leadership Difference Between A Large Organization And A Smaller One?

    A review of government organization statistics and the population they serve can give us some ideas on how Director of Public Works (DPW) leadership responsibilities vary.

  4. 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.

  5. Online Training: EPA’s 'All-Hazards Boot Camp'

    The U.S. EPA has recently released a video tutorial that outlines all phases of emergency planning and response for the water and wastewater facilities. This article will introduce and give an outline to the new training from an insider’s point of view.

  6. 10 Knockout Technologies From ACE17

    AWWA's Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE) hits The City of Brotherly Love with a flurry of new technologies.

  7. Integrating Innovative Technology Into The Public Water Sector: A Need For Equilibrium

    If we are to realize the promise of innovation, implementation cannot be a risky proposition for water managers.

  8. 7 Reasons Vaults Are A Bad Choice For Backflow Cover Installation

    Across the United States, it is common to find a backflow preventer, whether for a fire or domestic line, in a below-ground vault. However, there are a myriad of reasons to join a growing  consensus of people that have pulled the plug and drained the pit. Living with this perpetual hazard to life, limb, and water safety just doesn’t make sense.

  9. Math Solutions: Additional Pump Performance And Efficiency Calculations

    Wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”) closes the loop on pump performance.

  10. Math Solutions: Energy Dollar Savings Calculations

    Energy efficiency, as defined in wastewater treatment, is using less energy to provide the same service. It can be expressed as energy dollar savings by replacing older, inefficient motors.