Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. Industry Gut-Check: How’s Your Utility Workforce?
    10/29/2018

    In discussions with water industry suppliers and service organizations, the topic of a changing (i.e., aging) water workforce comes up quite frequently. Just how serious of a concern is it? How much of a threat does it pose to output quality and ongoing regulatory compliance at water treatment and wastewater treatment plants (WTPs/WWTPs) in the near future? Most important, what can be done to improve the situation?

  2. Vacuum Dosing Chemical Feeder For Chlorination And Dechlorination Helps Minimize O&M Costs For City Of Nashua, NH CSO Screening And Disinfection Facility
    4/22/2016

    As part of its Long Term Control Plan to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Merrimack River, the City of Nashua, NH constructed a new Screening and Disinfection facility (SDF) to reduce untreated discharges of CSOs to the Merrimack River.

  3. 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.

  4. PPCPs: Preparing For An Uncertain Regulatory Future
    2/23/2015

    As regulations tighten and technology evolves, monitoring and removing pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) from wastewater streams becomes more complex. A laboratory information management system (LIMS) may be the key to managing this complexity.

  5. Online Training: EPA’s 'All-Hazards Boot Camp'
    12/16/2015

    The U.S. EPA has recently released a video tutorial that outlines all phases of emergency planning and response for the water and wastewater facilities. This article will introduce and give an outline to the new training from an insider’s point of view.

  6. 5 Tips For Efficient Plant Operations
    9/5/2014

    These days, efficiency is everything. So why not learn from a company that has been around for over a century and has continually fine-tuned its operations to cut waste and add value?

  7. Your Key To Project Success? Think Human
    7/14/2017

    There may be no easy answers when it comes to handling the capital projects often necessary to keep water infrastructure safe and secure. But there is guidance for how to lead those projects — and produce on-time, on-budget results, including pipelines and systems that perform reliably for years to come.

  8. Help Wanted? Dive Into The Water Industry's Latest Talent Pool
    4/4/2017

    The labor crisis at water and wastewater utilities across the U.S. is well documented, but answers to the problem — a graying workforce retiring en masse, resulting in both physical vacancies and knowledge gaps to fill — are much harder to find.

  9. Coping With The Personnel Pinch In WTP/WWTP Operations
    2/23/2018

    The trend of losing top-tier water-treatment employees to retirement has been receiving enough press recently that water treatment plant (WTP) and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) managers are starting to plan ahead. Having to groom and certify mid-level employees to fill top-tier spots is difficult enough. Finding qualified and interested prospects to fill in entry-level positions is getting even harder.

  10. A Guide For Effective Utility Management
    3/20/2017

    Updates to a seminal document for running water and wastewater utilities as efficiently as possible call for review by those facing new obstacles.