Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. Women In Water — The Female Engineers' Perspective
    4/17/2018

    Increased numbers of women entering the workforce brings diversity, which is especially beneficial for the water industry. The engineering field is known to be male-dominated. But this is slowly beginning to change, as more and more young women are earning engineering degrees and entering the workforce. In the past, graduating classes from engineering schools may have been 1 or 2 percent female. As of 2016, about 20 percent of engineering graduates were female.

  2. The Top 5 Fall Protection Hazards Overlooked By Utilities
    9/2/2014

    Fall hazards are the number one killers in the construction field according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). In 2010, fatalities from falls to lower levels was 255 out of 264 recorded fall deaths.

  3. Utilities In Search Of Direction, Look No Further
    8/31/2015

    The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is harnessing both natural resources and human drive to lead an energy surge in the water sector. WEF President Ed McCormick discusses where the industry is headed and how utilities can stay ahead of the curve.

  4. Integrating Innovative Technology Into The Public Water Sector: A Need For Equilibrium
    12/5/2016

    If we are to realize the promise of innovation, implementation cannot be a risky proposition for water managers.

  5. Training The Next Generation Of Operators
    7/27/2016

    St. Cloud Technical and Community College’s WETT program prepares students for careers as water and wastewater plant operators with a 95 percent placement average.

  6. Math Solutions: Hydraulic Loading Calculations
    11/30/2016

    This tool for operators, represented through video tutorials, offers mathematical templates to master the hydraulic loading gallons per day per square foot by evaluating the incoming flow and surface area.

  7. Outsourcing Water: Which Model Is Right For Your Plant?
    11/21/2018

    Outsourcing water management at industrial plants is not a simple all-or-nothing decision. Instead, when looking to outsource, industrial plant managers have a variety of models to choose from to meet their needs, each with its own benefits as well as trade-offs. Here is what to consider when deciding what and how to outsource.

  8. Simulating A Cure For Brain Drain
    2/8/2016

    Much has been made of the gap in knowledge to come when the water industry’s aging workforce reaches retirement. With advances in simulation training software capable of getting new employees familiar with plant processes, it may be an analog fear in the digital world.

  9. Math Solutions: Flow Velocity Calculations
    5/2/2017

    Flow velocity is defined in fluid dynamics as the specific distance (feet, yards, or miles) fluids such as water and wastewater travel in an exact period of time including seconds, minutes, or hours. In managing your water/wastewater, applying this tool can be very useful.

  10. One Water Communication: Standardizing How We Communicate Visually About Water
    4/22/2014

    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.