LABOR SOLUTIONS & INSIGHTS FOR UTILITY MANAGERS

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

  • Let’s Make Water Infrastructure Winter-Ready
    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.

  • Why All The Hype About Chlorine Gas Safety?
    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. 

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

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

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UTILITY MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

SIMATIC PDM Maintenance Station V3.0 SIMATIC PDM Maintenance Station V3.0

Efficiently service and maintain intelligent field devices
Field devices are the eyes and ears of automation. The failure of a valve positioner, temperature, flow or pressure sensor can quickly lead to serious malfunction of the process. With SIMATIC PDM Maintenance Station V3.0, Siemens offers the right solution for efficiently monitoring the condition of smart field devices, irrespective of the automation and control systems used

PI System PI System

From data to knowledge to transformation
Move from complexity to simplicity, from asset and process intelligence to operational intelligence with the PI System. Its highly scalable, open data infrastructure empowers enterprises in real time, transforming operational data into actionable knowledge and business transformation.

Digital Solutions For Water Digital Solutions For Water

ABB uses digital solutions to drive outcomes. Engaging customers to demonstrate tangible results that scale.

ABB Ability&trade; Symphony<sup>&reg;</sup> Plus For Water And Wastewater ABB Ability™ Symphony® Plus For Water And Wastewater

The new generation of ABB’s total plant automation: DCS and SCADA for the power and water industries.

ABB Ability™ For Water Facility Service ABB Ability™ For Water Facility Service

Reduced operational costs and downtime through seamless distributed control system integration.

ABB Ability™ For Pumping Stations ABB Ability™ For Pumping Stations

Real-time control of a 360km water distribution system through an advanced distributed control system.

ABB Ability™ For Water Transmission ABB Ability™ For Water Transmission

Improved water reliability and lifecycle costs through total control of a one hundred mile transfer system.

ABB Ability™ For Water Desalination ABB Ability™ For Water Desalination

100% available water in the driest of deserts through highly efficient desalination.

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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGEMENT

  • Better Asset Maintenance Through Better Data Management
    Better Asset Maintenance Through Better Data Management

    The more a water utility knows about its current operations, the better equipped it can be to make more informed decisions about upcoming maintenance and capital replacement programs. Here are several key approaches to identifying cost-effective ways to make merging historical asset data and current operational data as the next step toward building a stronger, more resilient utility.

  • Maximizing The ROI On Your SCADA Investment
    Maximizing The ROI On Your SCADA Investment

    In many water industry applications, a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system is considered the heartbeat of the operation. As a result, many data management decisions revolve around what the SCADA system can or cannot do and how big of a deal and expense it is to change. Can’t there be a way to devise more ROI-responsive data solutions, without having to change SCADA solutions?

  • Structuring Utility Data For Improved Event Management
    Structuring Utility Data For Improved Event Management

    For all the talk about scarcity of source water, funding, and the next-generation labor pool in the water industry, there is one area that is not falling short — data collection. Here is how water and sewer districts inundated with data collected from a variety of central control systems, pressure loggers, and stand-alone sensors can streamline and manage that flood of data in ways that cut their major concerns down to size.

  • Fixin’ To Solve Resiliency: Texas, Burns & McDonnell Tackle Infrastructure And Sustainability Issues
    Fixin’ To Solve Resiliency: Texas, Burns & McDonnell Tackle Infrastructure And Sustainability Issues

    Texas is sizable enough to be a large country on its own, with an economy to match, and is also proudly unique. But when it comes to water issues, the Lone Star State shares a lot in common with the rest of America: overwhelmed and vulnerable infrastructure, threats to water quality and security, and competition for resources.

  • A 14-Point Checklist For Choosing The Right Water Utility Network
    A 14-Point Checklist For Choosing The Right Water Utility Network

    Mass market access to the internet through a combination of hardwired, Wi-Fi, or cellular communications channels has conditioned many people to think that “a network is a network is a network.” When it comes to water utilities, however, the nature of the application environments and requirements dictate a closer look at how to satisfy the specific requirements most efficiently. Here are 14 checkpoints to consider before selecting a new network option or revamping an old one.

  • Answering Aeration’s Big Dilemma — Repair Or Replace?
    Answering Aeration’s Big Dilemma — Repair Or Replace?

    In wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), repair vs. replace considerations are an ongoing dilemma. How much money is it sensible to spend repairing an older piece of equipment vs. upgrading to the best overall replacement option for current operating conditions? Even if the underlying hope is for a quick and easy repair, the answers are not always cut-and-dried. Before making the default decision to repair, evaluate key points that can pay dividends both immediately and over the long run.  

  • Quantifying The Benefits Of High-Volume Meter Testing
    Quantifying The Benefits Of High-Volume Meter Testing

    “I know that (blank) is good for me; I just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet!” Most of us can fill in that blank with any number of tasks — modifying diets, exercising, or monitoring commercial and industrial (C&I) water meter accuracy at our largest utility accounts. If that last item is still on your “to-do” list, here are several good reasons why you should do it and how to make it happen soon.

  • Rightsizing Blower Installations For Optimum Performance
    Rightsizing Blower Installations For Optimum Performance

    In regulated wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) environments, which require 100 percent blower system redundancy to satisfy the most extreme operating conditions, it can be easier to meet demanding physical thresholds than it is to refine energy performance to the ideal minimum. Here are some guidelines for covering all the bases — estimating the potential payback of balancing blower type, size, and turndown capacity while making the evaluation exercise worth the effort.

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LABOR NEWS

  • One Solution For Wastewater Brain Drain? Increase Pay

    Of the many challenges faced by the wastewater treatment industry today, perhaps none are more acute than the threat of “brain drain” — the loss of institutional knowledge that comes from one generation of wastewater professionals retiring without enough of a workforce entering the field to replace it. While there are a number of potential solutions to this problem being explored, two neighboring Ohio communities believe it may all come down to wages and education.

  • National Compassion Fund And Mueller Water Products Announce The Dunham Fund Matching Grant For Aurora/Pratt Survivors’ Fund

    The Dunham Fund, the largest private foundation in the Aurora, Illinois area – announced it will be honoring victims, their families and employees affected by the February 15 shooting at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, by matching $1 for $1 up to $100,000 of new donations made to the Aurora/Pratt Survivors’ Fund, administered by the National Compassion Fund. The new donation period for matching gifts began at 5 p.m. CST on March 12, 2019 and will end at either the close of the campaign or upon reaching $100,000.

  • Tacoma Utility Worker Gets Six-Figure Settlement In 'Bro Culture' Case

    A city in Washington State has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a former employee who accused its public utility of encouraging a workplace hostile to women.

  • Hollister Wastewater Plant Recognized For Commitment To Safety

    The Hollister Water Reclamation Facility, which is operated and maintained by Veolia North America, has been recognized with the Safety Plant of the Year Award by the Monterey Bay section of the California Water Environment Association for its commitment to ensuring the plant is operated safely for both employees and the community.

  • Clean Water Funding Investment Bill Introduced In Congress

    The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) joins other major clean water organizations in supporting the bipartisan introduction of the Water Quality Protection and Jobs Creation Act of 2019.

  • American Water Earns Four 'Military Friendly Employer' Designations For 2019

    American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, announced recently that it has earned four 2019 Military Friendly Employer designations by VIQTORY, a military-focused marketing and publishing company.

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