Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. 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?

  2. A Beginner’s Guide To On-Site Sodium Hypochlorite Generation
    8/21/2014

    Why buy, transport, and store chlorine when you can make your own? Here are nine questions to consider before adopting the practice.

  3. Dynamic Improvements In Low Pressure Membranes And System Design
    1/20/2016

    We are programmed to believe that the word “fouled” is inherently bad, identifying something that is dirty, unclean, or contaminated.  But for those of us in the membrane industry, the physical presence of “foulants” simply confirms that our treatment was necessary and that our process is successfully producing a more pristine effluent.

  4. 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.

  5. Occupational Safety And Utility Compliance: Tips for Surviving A Regulatory Plant Inspection
    2/21/2014

    Whether the name is the State Department of Environmental Protection Agency or Department of Water Quality, or some other name, the agency can strike fear in municipalities when they inspect the plant. It is not that most plants have something to hide or are discharging inferior water, but no one likes to be under the microscope. Let alone under the microscope of a regulatory agency with the power to fine the utility.

  6. 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.

  7. The Secret Weapon For Your Big Project: It Could Be You
    5/16/2018

    One of the things that strikes me when I read Water Online is the expansive range of industry imperatives — from contaminant removal and wastewater management to desalination, infrastructure improvement, and drought prevention. And while we can always point to limited resources as an obstacle, a focus on capital constraints almost always ensures that progress won’t be made. But there’s one resource that increases the likelihood of project success across the board in the water sector.

  8. 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.

  9. The Journey To Predictive Maintenance
    8/31/2015

    With the digital age fully upon us, it’s time for treatment plants to evolve beyond preventative maintenance and embrace predictive maintenance.

  10. Fawn Rescued From Sewage Lagoon
    6/25/2018

    "Joe Bauer, who works for the City of Fort Benton, was asked to go rescue a fawn from the sewage lagoon. The fawn was reunited with its mother."