Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. Utility Safety Culture: A Hidden Key To Employee Retention
    3/20/2017

    Sound safety policy does more than keep your workforce free from harm. It keeps them around.

  2. Field And Office Technologies Improve Stormwater Systems
    8/20/2015

    Although the city of Bozeman, Montana’s stormwater system has been silently producing front-page news for decades, it has typically only flowed into the spotlight because of an incident or an emergency.

  3. How To Control Filter Cake And Membrane Surface Fouling
    3/20/2017

    Who wants cake? Certainly not treatment plant operators who employ microfiltration and ultrafiltration membranes, and here’s what they’re doing about it.

  4. Hopes And Fears For Our Water Legacy
    11/10/2017

    The world’s largest annual water quality event provides the setting for a public display of water affection — and anxiety.

  5. A Guide For Effective Utility Management
    3/20/2017

    Updates to a seminal document for running water and wastewater utilities as efficiently as possible call for review by those facing new obstacles.

  6. 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. 

  7. Success Can Be Found By Taking On A New Mindset
    7/24/2017

    Last year I wrote an article published in Water Online entitled “FrankenSpec - How Projects Can Go Awry”.  In that article I explored the effect of changing times and events and how entities such as consultants, construction contractors, municipalities, and manufacturers can work together more effectively.

  8. Why All The Hype About Chlorine Gas Safety?
    9/16/2014

    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. 

  9. The 'O' And The 'M' In Operation And Maintenance Of Water And Wastewater Treatment Plants
    9/22/2014

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

  10. 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.