Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. A Beginner’s Guide To On-Site Sodium Hypochlorite Generation

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

  2. Let’s Make Water Infrastructure Winter-Ready

    While people enjoy seasonal change and wait for the first snowfall of the season, public works professionals are gearing up for the upcoming winter. Provisions made ahead of time help to deliver quicker responses to potential inclement weather.

  3. Why All The Hype About Chlorine Gas Safety?

    Remember when “Little Old Lady” Clara Peller rolled up to the drive-through window of Big Bun and asked “Where’s the beef?” She was asking a literal question, but also making a figurative statement. 

  4. The Water Workforce Opportunity: How Camden Is Driving Collaborative Solutions Around Its Infrastructure And Economy

    Falling into disrepair and neglect, the country’s water infrastructure is posing an enormous physical and financial challenge for many regions. However, many of these same regions are launching new plans and investments to accelerate infrastructure repairs, which are often going hand-in-hand with larger economic development activities, including the support of long-lasting career pathways.

  5. Next-Level Communications Solves SCADA Problem For City Of St. George

    Water and wastewater treatment facilities around the globe are turning to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to help automate and improve the security of their facilities through high performance M2M wireless communications. In fact, there is a suite of Class 1 and Div 2 spread spectrum unlicensed and licensed radios specifically for water/wastewater applications, including high-speed wireless Ethernet, serial, and IO radios. These radios can be easily networked to ensure that facility monitoring and performance data are accurate and delivered in a timely fashion. These solutions can help municipalities design and implement a world-class point to point wireless network for unique facility applications including water and wastewater treatment plant monitoring, pump house control, chemical monitoring and control, SCADA systems, remote video surveillance and security, water flow control, and cathodic protection applications.

  6. WWEMA Window: Growing A Network Of Information Resources

    I had the pleasure of attending my 21st AWWA ACE recently in Las Vegas, NV. During this event, I had the opportunity to talk with many newcomers to the industry.  One theme they kept bringing up was the amount of technology that is available to the water and wastewater industries.  As someone who is now entering the ranks of the industry veterans, I feel obligated to share my insight on that singular observation: “Modern technology alone will not solve the problems of our current water and wastewater infrastructure.”

  7. Achieving Success Through Leading People, Setting Goals, And Measuring Performance In Public Works

    Leadership and management are commonly used to describe successful directors, managers, or supervisors within the field of public works.

  8. The Rights And Wrongs Of Measuring Flow In Wastewater

    Innovation is upon us in flow meter design, allowing for more technology options and better precision. Don’t let faulty installations or O&M set you back.

  9. Does Size Matter For Public Works Directors? Is There A Leadership Difference Between A Large Organization And A Smaller One?

    A review of government organization statistics and the population they serve can give us some ideas on how Director of Public Works (DPW) leadership responsibilities vary.

  10. Math Solutions: Waste Activated Sludge (WAS) Calculations

    Water Online’s “Math Solutions” series, presented by wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”), provides an understanding of the sometimes difficult calculations involved in achieving wastewater operator certification.