Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. Testing The Waters: SCADA Simulator Updates Operator Training
    9/1/2015

    It might seem straight out of Space Camp, but  there is an increasingly common scene in water and wastewater municipalities where supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) simulation training offers hands-on experience to usher in the next generation of operators.

  2. Does Size Matter For Public Works Directors? Is There A Leadership Difference Between A Large Organization And A Smaller One?
    3/10/2015

    A review of government organization statistics and the population they serve can give us some ideas on how Director of Public Works (DPW) leadership responsibilities vary.

  3. Math Solutions: Load Calculations
    12/1/2014

    Water Online’s “Math Solutions,” presented by wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”), instructs operators on load calculations.

  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. Meeting The Workforce Reliability Challenge
    5/23/2014

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

  6. 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.

  7. Operation Brain Drain: Workforce Issues At California Utilities
    2/3/2016

    Every weekday morning at about 9:00 a.m., hopeful water professionals get the latest job posting from Brown and Caldwell, the go-to website for water industry job openings. By around lunchtime that same day, one maintenance worker position gets roughly 100 to 200 views.

  8. 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.

  9. Supporting The Next Generation Of Scientists
    5/21/2018

    I was always fascinated with science as a kid, and as I have grown older that curiosity has not waned. In fact, it has increased exponentially.  On family outings, it’s usually the case that I’m pulling my granddaughter aside to describe to her the intricacies of a water or wastewater plant seen from the road or pointing out the sewage lift stations that dot the highway.  This is a particular favorite of mine; it’s the equivalent of license plate spotting for the environmentally inclined.

  10. 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.