Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. 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.

  2. Math Solutions: Alkalinity Calculations
    11/2/2016

    We know the importance of pH to biological wastewater treatment, but alkalinity should be considered equally important for its direct correlation to pH.

  3. Happy, Healthy Operators: A Water Provider's Guide To Wellness
    7/29/2014

    All companies want to attract and retain a high-performance work force. Employee wellness programs are a great opportunity to position your organization as an employer of choice while pumping the brakes on rising insurance premiums.

  4. The Future Of Water Management
    3/16/2017

    To minimize losses and address mounting concerns, the water industry is now adopting advanced sensor and communications solutions designed specifically for “smart” Internet of Things (IoT) water management. In large part, the move toward implementing smart water solutions is being driven by stricter government compliance requirements, the evolution of smart cities, and the need for water conservation.

  5. Get PO'ed: 5 Reasons To Achieve 'Professional Operator' Certification
    8/25/2015

    A few letters after your name can make all the difference in your career — just ask any RN, CPA, or PE. They prove your ability, expertise, and work ethic. Such certification functions well for countless trades, so why not for water and wastewater operators?

  6. Consultant’s Corner: Sustainability And Asset Management — How The Two Are Connected
    9/2/2014

    Sustainability and asset management are more than just buzz words in the water industry. Sustainability, which in its broadest sense refers to ethics, governance, transparency, business relationships, financial stewardship, economic development, value, employment practices, and environment stewardship, is a key consideration for adopters of asset management programs.

  7. Meeting The Workforce Reliability Challenge
    5/23/2014

    A forward-looking utility responds to workforce retirement with a jobs program worth replicating.

  8. 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.

  9. 7 Reasons Vaults Are A Bad Choice For Backflow Cover Installation
    3/10/2016

    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.

  10. Model Behavior: Evaluating Instrumentation And Control In The Coagulation Process
    5/23/2014

    An electrical engineer does the math on coagulation process control, using computational modeling to determine best practices.