Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. Applying High-Performance Organization Concepts To Your Public Works Department
    8/23/2016

    Public works managers often strive to improve their performance and optimize resources. One way to achieve this is to follow the process of becoming a high-performance organization (HPO).

  2. Radioactive Iodine In Wastewater Treatment Plants
    3/18/2014

    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.

  3. United Utilities Improves Customer Satisfaction While Reducing Costs
    3/30/2016

    The rising marginal cost of producing clean water together with increasing demand and higher expectations of reliability and quality of service leaves utilities facing an uphill challenge — managing aging systems and infrastructure with limited resources.

  4. Demography is Destiny: The Looming Wave Of Retirements In The Water And Wastewater Industry
    1/24/2018

    It’s a foregone conclusion that operators are on their way out at utilities across the country, yet the workload remains and could even intensify. When it comes to preserving talent, institutional knowledge, and the future of the industry, the solution may be closer than you think.

  5. Math Solutions: Conversion Calculations
    5/26/2015

    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.

  6. Online Training: EPA’s 'All-Hazards Boot Camp'
    12/16/2015

    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.

  7. Math Solutions: Hydraulic Loading Calculations
    11/30/2016

    This tool for operators, represented through video tutorials, offers mathematical templates to master the hydraulic loading gallons per day per square foot by evaluating the incoming flow and surface area.

  8. Utility Safety Culture: A Hidden Key To Employee Retention
    3/20/2017

    Sound safety policy does more than keep your workforce free from harm. It keeps them around.

  9. Building The Post-Boomer Water Workforce
    1/10/2019

    A labor crisis has been bearing down on the water industry for some time, so it’s time to prepare for the future. Luckily, some industry trailblazers have charted paths to success.

  10. 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.