Labor Solutions & Insights for Utility Managers

  1. Math Solutions: Volume Calculations
    9/13/2014

    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.

  2. Tackling A Big Water Challenge? Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
    7/30/2018

    In his recent interview with Water Online, American Water Works Association (AWWA) President David Rager emphasized the importance of providing a plentiful water supply across the country.

  3. 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.

  4. Math Solutions: Mixed Liquor Volatile Suspended Solids (MLVSS) Calculations
    10/4/2016

    Wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”) dives deeper into the activated sludge process with calculations focused on MLVSS.

  5. Making Water Quality Matter Every Day
    4/19/2016

    Every day most of the developed world wakes up and turns on a tap to get water. Whether it’s for tea, coffee, or just a plain glass of water, most people can count on fresh, clean potable water just the way they like it.

  6. Confined Spaces In Construction: The New 29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA
    6/1/2015

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has just released a new construction standard 29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA.

  7. The 'O' And The 'M' In Operation And Maintenance Of Water And Wastewater Treatment Plants
    9/22/2014

    According to Sullivan in 2010, “Operations and Maintenance are the decisions and actions regarding the control and upkeep of property and equipment.”

  8. Overcoming UV Obstacles
    11/9/2015

    UV disinfection is certainly proven, but there still may be resistance due to unfamiliarity. Operators need to know the nuance of a technology — regular O&M requirements and how to prevent and control system upsets — in order to feel comfortable using it.

  9. 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.

  10. Success Can Be Found By Taking On A New Mindset
    7/24/2017

    Last year I wrote an article published in Water Online entitled “FrankenSpec - How Projects Can Go Awry”.  In that article I explored the effect of changing times and events and how entities such as consultants, construction contractors, municipalities, and manufacturers can work together more effectively.