Regulation Updates For Utility Management

  1. How Alarmed Should You Be About Operator Effectiveness?
    10/17/2018

    In order to optimize control of a water or wastewater treatment plant (WTP/WWTP), it is important to understand what is going on within the process. But as processes and control systems become more sophisticated, maximizing operator effectiveness becomes more complex as well. A well-planned alarm and control strategy can make a significant difference between giving plant operators valuable decision-making information and confusing them with disjointed, complex data points. This article highlights key strategies for foreseeing problems in advance, fixing them faster, and having a higher success rate by maximizing operator effectiveness.

  2. Lifecycle Management — Enhancing The ROI Of Control System Investments
    10/16/2018

    In water plant operations, there’s no such thing as simply maintaining the status quo. Any utility that is not moving forward — in terms of utilizing data from analytical instrumentation, refining process control, and responding to regulatory standards — is falling behind. Whether a water treatment or wastewater treatment plant (WTP/WWTP) chooses to rely on in-house resources or outside specialists, here are some lifecycle management approaches that can be used to upgrade control capabilities without compromising performance or return on investment. 

  3. How Drought And Other Extremes Impact Water Pollution
    10/15/2018

    A Q&A with Berkeley Lab hydrological science expert Bhavna Arora, who explains how unseasonably warm weather and drought can affect water quality

  4. 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 over the past few decades certainly have.  This ranges from increased focus on disinfection byproducts (DBPs), to tighter turbidity standards for charting Cryptosporidium removal, to emerging challenges with harmful algal blooms (HABs) and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). Even when plant throughput volume stays the same, the demands on plant operations personnel continue to increase. Here’s how evolving toward better workforce management processes can help.

  5. SOC 2 Basics: Find Secure AMI In The Cloud, Without Getting Lost In A Fog
    10/8/2018

    The history of commercial online transactions is riddled with horror stories about data security breaches. Think Equifax, Target, Yahoo, Uber, Sony PlayStation … the list goes on. How can a utility maximize the benefits advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) offers for more efficient data collection and management, without having to worry about seeing its name on the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper?

  6. AMI Cloud Solutions No Longer Considered Pie-In-The-Sky
    10/4/2018

    By now, most of the utilities managing the 80 percent of U.S. water meters not yet capitalizing on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) have heard about the advantages offered by the 20 percent of utilities that are. Unfortunately, utilities large and small still cite a variety of reasons delaying their step up to AMI productivity — including smart meter installation costs, lack of in-house expertise, and capital budgets for IT support.

  7. 3 Features Critical To An Optimal Utility Communication Network
    10/1/2018

    Choosing the right communication network is crucial to building a successful, smart utility. The quality of the communication technology selected determines whether the data will be transmitted efficiently, securely, and reliably over the long haul. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly.

  8. How To Boost Water System Efficiency With Smart Output Technology
    9/21/2018

    Water utilities are installing automated meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems more frequently. These systems often help utilities improve customer relations and provide valuable real-time data to improve operations. The ability for various meters to communicate with AMR and AMI technology has become more important as these systems become commonplace.

  9. Smart Meters Educate Consumers On Water Usage
    9/12/2018

    Can you imagine calling the electric company to demand a rebate because you had just received your bill and realized that over the past month, you inadvertently left all your lights on? As ludicrous as this scenario seems, it’s exactly the type of call water utilities receive from their customers.

  10. Keys To Mastering Pump System Maintenance
    9/11/2018

    It has long been established that predictive maintenance of existing equipment will reduce operating costs and help ensure safe operation.