Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. Math Solutions: Flow Velocity Calculations
    5/2/2017

    Flow velocity is defined in fluid dynamics as the specific distance (feet, yards, or miles) fluids such as water and wastewater travel in an exact period of time including seconds, minutes, or hours. In managing your water/wastewater, applying this tool can be very useful.

  2. Something In The Water? A Journey To High Performance
    8/4/2016

    Every week, as General Manager for People and Culture at Yarra Valley Water in Melbourne, Australia, I’m asked for advice about how we transformed the culture of our publicly-owned water corporation. The requests come from near and far — peer utilities, businesses in other sectors, and government agencies. They’d like the recipe for what we’ve accomplished — the steps from A-Z. But it’s not as simple as that. It’s been a true journey with twists and turns that weren’t always pretty, and we gave life to it as we grew. In this article I’d like to share insights that might make this kind of transformation accessible to other organizations.

  3. Engineering The Future: Two Tools For Wastewater Plant Design
    6/1/2016

    Two tools leverage computing power for engineering design, opening up a digital world of possibility for wastewater plants.

  4. WWEMA Window: Great Expectations — A Supplier’s Point Of View
    3/15/2016

    Your team has been diligently working for over a year on a project and its bid time. You submit your equipment supply offer and eagerly await the results. Then, the good news: the project is yours! Even before the end of the celebratory high-fives, the clock is already counting down the minutes to final negotiations and after a few weeks of back-and-forth, you have a signed contract and the execution phase of the project commences.

  5. 7 Steps To Water System Asset Management
    12/14/2015

    A primer on developing asset management programs to support economically and environmentally sustainable water systems.

  6. Math Solutions: Simulating Jar Test Results
    2/12/2015

    Water Online’s “Math Solutions” series, presented by wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”), instructs operators on specific math solutions for operator certification exam preparation.

  7. Occupational Safety And Utility Compliance: Tips for Surviving A Regulatory Plant Inspection
    2/21/2014

    Whether the name is the State Department of Environmental Protection Agency or Department of Water Quality, or some other name, the agency can strike fear in municipalities when they inspect the plant. It is not that most plants have something to hide or are discharging inferior water, but no one likes to be under the microscope. Let alone under the microscope of a regulatory agency with the power to fine the utility.

  8. Math Solutions: Poundage Calculations For Waste Stream, Tank Volume, And Percent (%) Solution
    1/6/2016

    Water Online’s “Math Solutions,” presented by wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”), instructs operators on poundage calculations.

  9. Math Solutions: Activated Sludge – No. 2
    10/22/2015

    “Wastewater Dan” provides a second round of math solutions devoted to activated sludge calculation requirements.

  10. Modernize Your Mobile Operation
    4/23/2014

    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s Wastewater Collection Division manages 3,000 miles of main sewer line and services some 200,000 individual customer sewer laterals and accounts that cover nearly 1 million residents and businesses. When things go wrong with those pipes, the division hears about it from customers loud and clear.