LABOR RESOURCES FOR UTILITY MANAGERS

  • No matter if you are a utility, manufacturer, manufacturers rep, or contractor, finding and keeping good employees is one of our most critical future challenges. It has always been an issue, but it has become even more serious as all of us in the water industry age. According to a U.S. EPA Water Workforce Report, as well as other industrywide surveys, our industry faces significant challenges in recruiting, training, and retaining employees.

  • In an industry beleaguered by workforce retirements, costly consent decrees, and climate-induced heavy rainfall events, fresh perspectives and ingenuity are high-profile needs. Fortunately, the U.S. EPA’s  Campus RainWorks Challenge is designed to deliver exactly those benefits from the next generation of stormwater specialists. Here’s how current utilities, municipal planners, and consulting-engineer practices all stand to benefit.

  • Tracking specific assets such as pumps and pipelines may keep water or wastewater flowing, but helping a utility flourish under challenging physical, financial, and environmental pressures requires a more comprehensive overview. Here’s how asset management and work management solutions integrated within a GIS-centric system of action can do a better job of supporting both tactical and strategic aspects of utility operation.

  • With SCADA and an upgraded remote alarm notification system, North Port Utilities in Florida can keep ‘eyes’ on operations even when workers are off — out of sight but never out of touch.

  • In a public statement addressing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Workforce Initiative and the need to secure fresh talent for the water industry, the Water Environment Federation’s Tom Kunetz shared what seems to be the industry’s clarion call. He said that “building a dynamic and diverse water workforce for the 21st century is absolutely vital” for matters of both public health and environmental conservation — and nothing is more pressing.

  • Key processes within Water & Wastewater operations can now be digitized. This is good news, especially for an industry under pressure to both lower OPEX and manage an aging workforce. Trends such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud computing and “edge” control are emerging as technology engines that present cost-effective options for modernizing operations. When it comes to OPEX reduction, however, technology is what enables plant workers to make the biggest savings impact.

  • Lead Reduction Program highlighted for jobs, unique approach to diverse communities.

  • Like many of you, I have recently been listening to and participating in many webinars and reading articles about the current challenges facing the manufacturing community — supply chain disruptions, material price escalations, workforce safety issues, market uncertainties and volatility, etc. One of the more difficult challenges focuses on worker shortages and the inability to find the right people with the right skills.

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LABOR SOLUTIONS

  • 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.

  • Process Design Assistance

    Brentwood’s full staff of technical designers and skilled engineers take each project from concept to realization. Our designers provide installation and layout drawings while working in conjunction with our engineers to perform process analyses and optimize systems for each application.

    The experience of our engineers is a key factor in product improvement and new product development. Feedback from customers and knowledge gained from installations are assimilated into the design process to ensure that Polychem products and systems address every customer need.

  • Installation Support

    Brentwood’s systems and components are engineered not only for performance, but for ease of installation. With a dedicated team of site technicians who have assisted in countless installations, you can be assured not only that the system will run properly, but that your employees will be educated and prepared to operate the system. Additionally, Brentwood’s process team is available for consultation throughout the lifetime of your system to provide maintenance advice and to ensure continued performance results.

  • Wonderware InTouch

    Since 1987, Wonderware InTouch has been the world’s number one human machine interface (HMI), offering market leading innovation, brilliant graphics, legendary ease of use, unsurpassed connectivity, the industry’s best support and the broadest partner ecosystem.

  • CASE Program

    The Component Analysis and System Evaluation (CASE) program, developed by Brentwood, helps customers to prevent problems with their chain and flight equipment and to extend the lifetime of their installations. The specialized tools and software provide facilities with cost-effective recommendations for budgeting future capital expenditures, maintaining inventory levels, and scheduling preventative maintenance.

UTILITY MANAGEMENT VIDEOS

Inside the Blueprint takes the viewer behind the scenes into the world of water management and how Master Meter is driving new technology, working closely with utilities to manage and preserve this vital resource, and help them prepare for the future.