Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. Math Solutions: Mean Cell Residence Time (MCRT)
    2/16/2016

    Mean cell residence time is defined as an expression of the average time (days) that a microorganism will spend in the activated sludge process — or how long sludge is in the system. It is a critical operating parameter in the biological treatment process, with impact on various other parameters and equations.

  2. Overcoming UV Obstacles
    11/9/2015

    UV disinfection is certainly proven, but there still may be resistance due to unfamiliarity. Operators need to know the nuance of a technology — regular O&M requirements and how to prevent and control system upsets — in order to feel comfortable using it.

  3. Collaborating To Confront Water Scarcity: 5 Things To Know
    8/30/2016

    As water organizations in the U.S. and beyond gear up to find new ways to deal with water scarcity, my colleagues and I are increasingly asked what we’ve learned working with water corporations in Australia. The first thing that comes to mind: Deal with water issues before scarcity arises.

  4. Simulating A Cure For Brain Drain
    2/8/2016

    Much has been made of the gap in knowledge to come when the water industry’s aging workforce reaches retirement. With advances in simulation training software capable of getting new employees familiar with plant processes, it may be an analog fear in the digital world.

  5. Math Solutions: Efficiency And Recovery Calculations
    5/4/2016

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

  6. Help Wanted? Dive Into The Water Industry's Latest Talent Pool
    4/4/2017

    The labor crisis at water and wastewater utilities across the U.S. is well documented, but answers to the problem — a graying workforce retiring en masse, resulting in both physical vacancies and knowledge gaps to fill — are much harder to find.

  7. The High Stakes Of Smart Water: $1 Trillion And 1.8 Billion People
    4/21/2015

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

  8. Math Solutions: Most Popular 2014 Calculations
    1/9/2015

    Water Online takes a look back at 2014’s most sought-after “Math Solutions,” presented by wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”).

  9. BPM Of Things: Secure Your Success In Digital Transformation
    8/31/2017

    Business process management (BPM) has proven extremely successful in managing both gradual and radical improvements in the industry and various business functions. While digitization brings incredible new opportunities, it also brings the distinctive challenge of correctly positioning and scoping BPM in organizations.

  10. Innovate, Collaborate, And Commit: 3 Keys To High Performance In The Water Sector
    10/11/2017

    By Deborah Kiers

    In a recent Water Online editorial, Kevin Westerling shared a Q&A with Water Environment Federation (WEF) President Rick Warner. Central to the conversation were the topics of innovation, collaboration, and leadership within the context of the challenges faced by the U.S. water industry. Among these issues: rebuilding and replacing aging infrastructure, advancing clean water initiatives, and making progress with water reuse.