LABOR SOLUTIONS & INSIGHTS FOR UTILITY MANAGERS

  • One Water Communication: Standardizing How We Communicate Visually About Water
    One Water Communication: Standardizing How We Communicate Visually About Water

    I believe that we value what we know. We use scales, models and frameworks to help us understand complex matters and materials. Review the conceptual models and categorization efforts of Daniel Defoe, Charles Darwin, Anders Celsius, John Smith Elgin Marbles, Seamus Heaney, Tycho Brahe, Captain Bligh, and my favorite, Rear Admiral Francis Beaufort, author and developer of the Beaufort Wind Scale.

  • Math Solutions: Energy Dollar Savings Calculations

    Energy efficiency, as defined in wastewater treatment, is using less energy to provide the same service. It can be expressed as energy dollar savings by replacing older, inefficient motors.

  • Math Solutions: Pumping Calculations
    Math Solutions: Pumping Calculations

    Like Hans and Franz from the classic Saturday Night Live skit, we’re ready to “Pump you up!” with training and exercises to conquer operator certification exams. Your trainer, wastewater consultant Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”), presents his latest round of Math Solutions.

  • Field And Office Technologies Improve Stormwater Systems
    Field And Office Technologies Improve Stormwater Systems

    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.

  • Making America’s Water Utilities Great
    Making America’s Water Utilities Great

    This January, a national leader emerged with a plan to shake up the status quo, touting a “business” approach to rectify historic “inadequacies” of our system. And we should all be on board with the plan, because it means potentially great things for the water and wastewater industry.

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UTILITY MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Sanitaire Solids Inventory Management System (SIMS) by Xylem Sanitaire Solids Inventory Management System (SIMS) by Xylem

Controlling system biomass is a key component to meeting consistent, high quality effluent in the activated sludge process. Of the available strategies for activated sludge process control, maintaining a constant sludge age or solids retention time (SRT) is a very effective tool.

accuSTREAM™ Water Meter accuSTREAM™ Water Meter

Positive displacement water meter with Sensus® Electronic Register+™.

Sensus accuSTREAM meters consist of three basic components: maincase, measuring chamber and sealed register. Maincases (including the bottom plate) are made of composite material with externally-threaded spuds. Registers are housed in a bonnet of synthetic polymer. Measuring chambers are of Rocksyn®, a corrosion-resistant, tailored thermoplastic material formulated for long-term performance and especially suitable for aggressive water conditions. The accuSTREAM can be installed horizontally.

Water Network Optimization Suite Water Network Optimization Suite

The Water Network Optimization Suite by Schneider Electric provides water utilities an overview of the entire water distribution network in real-time and in “future-time” by enabling operators to be forewarned of critical situations in the network so that immediate actions to prevent or mitigate service disruptions can be taken with enough lead time.

AccuGrid Surface Grating AccuGrid Surface Grating

AccuGrid protective grating provides a strong, interlocking, non-skid surface on top of tube settler and trickling filter media. As a cost-effective alternative to other walkway systems, it covers the entire media surface for complete access to the distribution system. AccuGrid also improves safety by eliminating trip hazards through its surefoot tread design and locking tabs that maintain panel alignment.

Aftermarket & Services Aftermarket & Services

Protect your investment right from the start with Pall PRO Services including problem free installation and commissioning, preventative maintenance service agreements and spare parts management programs. Get the performance you need every day, year after year.

ABB Ability&trade; Symphony<sup>&reg;</sup> Plus For Water And Wastewater ABB Ability™ Symphony® Plus For Water And Wastewater

The new generation of ABB’s total plant automation: DCS and SCADA for the power and water industries.

StormCAD StormCAD

StormCAD provides stormwater professionals with advanced tools to effectively deliver high-quality storm sewer design with lower capital investment.  In challenging times, budgets for infrastructure projects are tight. StormCAD helps you be as effective as possible on storm sewer development projects. The software provides roadway and site designers, stormwater master planners, and land developers like you with advanced tools to effectively deliver high quality design with minimized capital investments.

Wireless, Battery-Powered Rain Gauge RTU Wireless, Battery-Powered Rain Gauge RTU

The Telog RG-32A wireless rain gauge monitor is part of Telog's suite of wireless monitoring products. When you combine Teloger's Enterprise software with our wireless monitoring products you have a powerful system of wireless water infrastructure monitoring that is consistently delivering real-time data from the field straight to your desktop....imagine...your data on one platform straight to your computer screen....it IS possible and it's happening now with Telogers Enterprise.

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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGEMENT

  • Striking An Ideal Balance In WTP/WWTP Chlorine Dosing
    Striking An Ideal Balance In WTP/WWTP Chlorine Dosing

    For managing chlorine feed rates, automated chlorine analysis has always offered advantages over manual grab samples and feed adjustments. Today, chlorine analyzers connected to cloud-based systems for integrated instrument, data, and process management are bringing new continual-sampling insights to water and wastewater treatment plants (WTPs/WWTPs).

  • Leveraging Connectivity For Improved Chlorine Analyzer Performance
    Leveraging Connectivity For Improved Chlorine Analyzer Performance

    While accurate instrument readings are important to water treatment plant (WTP) and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) operators, having deeper understanding of plant operations is even more valuable. Here’s how intelligent networking capabilities are giving plant operators better understanding and control over their processes by enhancing instrumentation operation, data sharing, and maintenance management.

  • Evolution Of Pipeline Leak Detection
    Evolution Of Pipeline Leak Detection

    As the sheer number of pipelines crisscrossing the country continues to increase, there is an urgent need to ensure pipeline infrastructure safety. The age of many of the pipelines and the number of different products flowing makes this a challenging prospect. Now, new technology has been developed that meets the need for reliable protection that complies with regulatory requirements while eliminating false alarms.

  • New Elevation Data Triple Estimates Of Global Vulnerability To Sea-Level Rise And Coastal Flooding
    New Elevation Data Triple Estimates Of Global Vulnerability To Sea-Level Rise And Coastal Flooding

    Most estimates of global mean sea-level rise this century fall below 2 m. This quantity is comparable to the positive vertical bias of the principle digital elevation model (DEM) used to assess global and national population exposures to extreme coastal water levels, NASA’s SRTM. CoastalDEM is a new DEM utilizing neural networks to reduce SRTM error. Here we show — employing CoastalDEM — that 190 M people currently occupy global land below projected high tide lines for 2100 under low carbon emissions, up from 110 M today, for a median increase of 80 M.

  • Managing Disaster In An Age Of Climate Change
    Managing Disaster In An Age Of Climate Change

    South Africa’s towns and cities could be rendered more resilient to natural disasters if municipalities understand the likely impacts of climate change and build these impacts into their disaster management strategies for the future.

  • Plastic Flow Meters Reduce Weight, Space, Corrosion — Not Accuracy
    Plastic Flow Meters Reduce Weight, Space, Corrosion — Not Accuracy

    There are a variety of reasons for wanting accurate flow metering — e.g., billing purposes, precise proportioning of chemical injections, and other process flow decisions. That is why highly accurate mag meters are so popular in many applications. Now, new lightweight, corrosion-resistant mag meters provide the same advantages as plastic piping for harsh environments and flows that cover all the bases…and acids.

  • Making Sense Of Water Distribution Data: Don’t Fear The Detail
    Making Sense Of Water Distribution Data: Don’t Fear The Detail

    For many water-distribution workers and managers up to their elbows in muddy trenches and SCADA data, the drumbeat for ‘Big Data’ probably fades to background noise when dealing with immediate leaks and losses on the front lines. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, however. Many answers we truly want are probably accessible through current water distribution data. We just need an easier way to wring them out.

  • Rental Blowers Provide Timely Solutions For Temporary Aeration Concerns
    Rental Blowers Provide Timely Solutions For Temporary Aeration Concerns

    With a continuous flow of air required to maintain dissolved oxygen (DO) levels, the last thing a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) operator wants is to come up short of the volume needed to sustain good microbial growth. With today’s ready availability of high-efficiency rental blowers, losing blowers to unplanned downtime or being unable to test new aeration systems before commissioning are no longer the threats they once were.

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