Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. 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.

  2. Next-Level Communications Solves SCADA Problem For City Of St. George
    8/4/2015

    Water and wastewater treatment facilities around the globe are turning to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to help automate and improve the security of their facilities through high performance M2M wireless communications. In fact, there is a suite of Class 1 and Div 2 spread spectrum unlicensed and licensed radios specifically for water/wastewater applications, including high-speed wireless Ethernet, serial, and IO radios. These radios can be easily networked to ensure that facility monitoring and performance data are accurate and delivered in a timely fashion. These solutions can help municipalities design and implement a world-class point to point wireless network for unique facility applications including water and wastewater treatment plant monitoring, pump house control, chemical monitoring and control, SCADA systems, remote video surveillance and security, water flow control, and cathodic protection applications.

  3. Using Technology And Best Business Practices To Make The Best Use Of Resources And Save Public Dollars
    2/13/2015

    Creating long-term efficiencies and sustainability is a huge focus of today’s government sector.  Every day the charge of Public Works’ leaders is to do more, with less. Further, technology, if used correctly, can be an effective tool for organizing work and cutting costs. 

  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. Math Solutions: Activated Sludge Process Control Calculations
    8/5/2016

    Some wastewater calculations rely on multiple math steps to arrive at the conclusion, complicating an already challenging aspect of the operator’s role. Wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald helps operators overcome the intimidation of solving activated sludge process control by offering a step-by-step tutorial.

  6. 'Super' Advice From Philadelphia’s Water Commissioner
    8/18/2015

    This Q&A is longer than my usual for Water Online, but the exception is warranted. It's not often that you have the opportunity to talk to a 'superhero' of sustainability.

  7. A Master’s Plan For Water Industry Success
    5/11/2015

    The top concerns, trends, and opportunities in water are revealed by a leading voice in the industry — AWWA's CEO, David LaFrance.

  8. Women Are The Secret Weapon For Better Water Management
    10/24/2018

    In the 1980s, the government of Malawi began providing piped water to low-income households in 50 districts, establishing community-run tap committees to collect bills and manage systems. Men made up 90 percent of committee memberships — and problems quickly became apparent.

  9. The Instrumentation Life-Cycle And Instrumentation Systems Within The UK Water Industry: From Concept To Replacement
    1/12/2016

    The water industry in the UK faces a turning point in the use of instrumentation with the advent of TOTEX (capital expenditures [CAPEX] + operating expenditures [OPEX]) within the current Asset Management Period, the sixth since it privatized in 1989.

  10. 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.