Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. 10 Key Changes To Fall Protection Regulations For General Industry

    The Walking-Working Surfaces rule for General Industry (GI) has been a long time coming for regulators. There have been fall protection rules with vague or missing wording in the 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D standard ever since it was adopted in 1971.

  2. Why All The Hype About Chlorine Gas Safety?

    Remember when “Little Old Lady” Clara Peller rolled up to the drive-through window of Big Bun and asked “Where’s the beef?” She was asking a literal question, but also making a figurative statement. 

  3. Let’s Make Water Infrastructure Winter-Ready

    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.

  4. The Water Workforce Opportunity: How Camden Is Driving Collaborative Solutions Around Its Infrastructure And Economy

    Falling into disrepair and neglect, the country’s water infrastructure is posing an enormous physical and financial challenge for many regions. However, many of these same regions are launching new plans and investments to accelerate infrastructure repairs, which are often going hand-in-hand with larger economic development activities, including the support of long-lasting career pathways.

  5. Math Solutions: Activated Sludge – No. 2

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

  6. Applying High-Performance Organization Concepts To Your Public Works Department

    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).

  7. The 'O' And The 'M' In Operation And Maintenance Of Water And Wastewater Treatment Plants

    According to Sullivan in 2010, “Operations and Maintenance are the decisions and actions regarding the control and upkeep of property and equipment.”

  8. Consultant’s Corner: Sustainability And Asset Management — How The Two Are Connected

    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.

  9. Advancing The Cause Of Water In The Next Generation

    Recently I had the privilege of participating as a judge in the 2017 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), which brings the best and brightest of our high school men and women, grades 9 to 12, together to compete for the right to represent the U.S. globally at the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition later this year. 

  10. The High Stakes Of Smart Water: $1 Trillion And 1.8 Billion People

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