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. Prioritizing Alarm Responses For Better Workforce Management
    10/15/2018

    While the laws of physics and chemistry have not changed, the ways that water and wastewater treatment plants (WTPs/WWTPs) are being forced to deal with them certainly have — e.g., disinfection byproducts (DBPs), tighter turbidity standards, harmful algal blooms, and PFAS challenges. Even when plant throughput stays the same, the demands on plant personnel continue to increase. Here’s how evolving toward better workforce management processes can help. 

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Big Project? Lead Even Bigger With 4 Steps To Project Success In 2018
    2/1/2018

    In the first months of the new year, many of us find ourselves facing a combination of ambitious agendas, competing priorities, and budget realities. In the U.S. water sector, there is a never-ending gamut of accountabilities involved in ensuring water quality, including addressing and preventing water shortages, innovating to fight contamination and treat wastewater, and upgrading vast infrastructure.

  7. Optimized Decision Support For Water, Wastewater, And Stormwater Systems
    6/8/2015

    Innovation is paying dividends for the growing list of municipalities that leverage the latest technology to optimize planning and operations decision making.

  8. The Rights And Wrongs Of Measuring Flow In Wastewater
    2/10/2015

    Innovation is upon us in flow meter design, allowing for more technology options and better precision. Don’t let faulty installations or O&M set you back.

  9. 10 Apps For Water And Wastewater Professionals
    4/7/2014

    Smartphones, when programed with the right apps, can serve important functions at wastewater and water treatment facilities. These 10 apps make it easier to do everything from calculating chemical dosages to installing the right size sewage pipes. 

  10. Let’s Make Water Infrastructure Winter-Ready
    12/6/2017

    While people enjoy seasonal change and wait for the first snowfall of the season, public works professionals are gearing up for the upcoming winter. Provisions made ahead of time help to deliver quicker responses to potential inclement weather.