8 Drivers of Clean Water Treatment Plant Digitalization

by Andrew Green When it comes to running and operating utilities, it is no secret that the respective industries are moving forward, digitally. We constantly see the drivers of success being tied back to digital outcomes and solutions in order to achieve them. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies published eight key drivers in a white…

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SCADA Basics: An Update

In 2015, we did a blog post entitled “SCADA and Telemetry Basics–SCADA System Basics”. Three years later, this is still one of our most read posts. With that kind of persevering interest in the subject, we thought it appropriate to do some updating on SCADA basics. Security Without a doubt, control system network security has…

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Web Site Analytics: What You Can Learn

  Our current web site design is going on 4 years old at the end of the year. That’s old age in web years. Five years is often considered the end of useful life for a web site design, which means a new design before too long. And though change is always challenging, every iteration…

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Help Wanted: Dealing With the Tight Labor Market

Labor Shortages: Causes and Solutions If your business is growing, you’re familiar with the very tight labor market we have right now. And it’s very easy to point to the low unemployment rate as the cause and to think of it as a relatively recent phenomena. But that’s not the complete picture.  During the recovery…

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Why We Exist

by Bob Adams, President Our senior management group recently approved modifications to our Mission Statement and our statement of Core Values. These in no way indicate a substantive change in either. Rather, it is the next stage in our evolution, our journey, as we maintain a process of self-examination in our quest to better understand who we…

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In Memoriam

This spring, we initiated a memorial fund raiser in honor of four deceased employees who made significant contributions to our company’s growth and direction: The Trailblaze Challenge, a 26.3-mile one-day hike to benefit Make-a-Wish Alabama. It culminated in May with our 6-person team successfully completing the hike on two separate weekends, three people each day.  But…

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Integration Project Trouble Shooting

This spring, we asked a number of our more seasoned technical staff to share their thoughts on a variety of questions, providing insight that could be of benefit to you, our customers. In modern parlance, their responses constitute what might be called hacks (of a positive nature) of system integration projects. This first in a…

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Increasing Municipal Project Value Through Alternate Delivery

by Andrew Green, Business Development Manager There will always be purchases where low prices will make the decision for the consumer. Socks, fast food, and almost anything bought at a Wal-Mart typically fall into this category. But there are other purchases where more long-term consequences need to be considered. We call this the “total cost…

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Clean Water Market Outlook

This spring’s good news about passage of infrastructure spending served as a reminder that we had yet to address the clean water industry in our discussions of economic outlooks for the country for the year ahead.  The spending bill that Congress passed allocated $21.2 billion for infrastructure, $1.4 billion of which will be for water infrastructure. $500…

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Custom RTUs vs. Packaged Controllers: 3 Important Questions

by Andrew Green As technology progresses, packaged pump systems and their corresponding remote terminal units (RTUs) are becoming ever more economical. In fact, the benefits of utilizing a single type of RTU/controller to monitor and control remote pump stations continue to rise. However, there are a few questions that should be asked before determining to…

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