One of the greatest challenges faced by our nation’s water departments is replacing the retiring baby boomer. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that water/wastewater system employees will retire at a faster rate than the national average, estimated at 25 percent through 2024.
As water scarcity continues to be a major, ongoing challenge in the U.S., public and private sector leaders are seeking new insights on sustainable solutions. In this work, they are grappling with challenges on a scale that oil and gas organizations have been confronting for decades now. It’s understandable that stakeholders can get caught up in the tactical side of dealing with water crises — but there is also guidance to be gained by taking a high-level view.
It might seem straight out of Space Camp, but there is an increasingly common scene in water and wastewater municipalities where supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) simulation training offers hands-on experience to usher in the next generation of operators.
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.
Water Online’s “Math Solutions” series, presented by wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”), instructs operators on specific math solutions for operator certification exam preparation.
When federal and state environmental agency mandates required the City of Havre, Montana to upgrade its wastewater treatment facility, utility leaders decided to implement a more efficient record keeping process at the same time. Havre is located in the north central portion of the state and is home to about 10,000 residents. The newly upgraded wastewater treatment facility officially started up in September 2016 with the capacity to treat 1.8 million gallons of sewage per day. Since the upgrade, the facility is now able to address ammonia reduction and comply with total nitrogen/phosphorus limits. Since day one, all of the Havre Wastewater Treatment Facility’s operational data has been tracked in OpWorks, a web-based application.
Any water utility that has to impose restrictions due to water scarcity appreciates the value of conservation. On the other hand, there are utilities that — knowingly or unknowingly — permit as much as 20 to 40 percent of their treated water to trickle away without collecting a cent for it. If you have experienced either extreme, but are not already using advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), what’s holding you back? Before dismissing AMI as being too costly, too technical, or too difficult to implement, consider the following cost-benefit opportunities.
According to the EPA, the volume of treated water lost annually through distribution systems is 1.7 trillion gallons at a national cost of $2.6 billion. Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is one way to uncover the “hidden” details behind that assault on water distribution efficiency. In addition, innovative use of AMI smart water solutions also creates cost-efficient ways to optimize performance beyond recouping losses due to leaks, theft, or incomplete billing.
Water conservation has long been a hot topic between water utilities and their end users for a variety of reasons — seasonal water scarcity, overextended treatment facilities, periodic maintenance disruptions, etc. But when it comes to managing data that can help control water losses and recover billings for non-revenue water (NRW), why is it so hard to practice what we preach? This article dispels some of the common myths related to advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology that can help cut treated water losses and generate previously overlooked revenue.
Despite their best intentions, wastewater operations all over the country have suffered from accidently under- or over-administering treatment chemicals when trying to get effluent into shape. With the proper tools, however, these mistakes can become a thing of the past.
Wastewater treatment operators spend countless hours working diligently to ensure their effluent complies with state and federal regulations. But some common errors can get in the way of their best efforts.
Over the past 10 years, DC Water has become the harbinger of the modern water utility. It’s often unconventional approach to tackling age-old problems usually elicits one of two responses from other utility professionals. The first response is one of resignation — if only I had the budget that size permits, I’d be able to do similar things. And the second is one of awe — there’s no way I have the amount of gumption to convince regulators or customers that I have a better way.
One of the great turnaround stories in the history of our nation’s water bodies is that of the Chesapeake Bay. Since 1976 when the Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) first undertook a comprehensive study of the Bay, efforts to address excessive nitrogen and phosphorous degradation of water quality have steadily improved the Bay’s complex ecosystem.
George Hawkins, a leading thinker around utility transformation and innovation, joins XPV Water Partners, a sector-specific investor focused on growth companies related to the use, treatment and management of the world’s water resources, as an Executive in Residence.
Unveiled at the International Wireless Communications Exposition in Orlando FL this week is a new location services solution that derives location data from Standards based Land Mobile Radios (LMRs) .
Through WaterStart, based at the Las Vegas campus of the Desert Research Institute, Australia-based tech company RedEye has completed a project with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) to implement RedEye’s cloud-based platform--RedEyeDMS--for management of engineering drawings and data with the goal of driving productivity and efficiency into its projects and operations.
The El Toro Water District in Lake Forest, CA contracted with Nobel Systems to dramatically improve their existing GIS system, by going with our flagship GeoViewer solution.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the arrest and filing of felony charges against five individuals for the misuse of public funds amidst widespread corruption at the Panoche Water District (PWD) in the Central Valley.
The West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) Board of Directors announced that Patrick Sheilds will serve as the new General Manager of the District.