Developing Flood Resiliency in Wastewater Systems

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 10, 2020 4:16:23 PM / by WinCan

Flooding is a concern in almost every part of the world. And in the United States specifically, flooding has caused more death and destruction than any other kind of natural disaster, according to National Geographic

Floods pose a threat to people, homes and buildings, and to civil infrastructure, including wastewater systems.

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Understanding COVID-19's Impact on Wastewater Budgets

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 28, 2020 4:38:35 PM / by WinCan

Wastewater industry professionals have carried on much the same during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that essential services are getting the attention they need to provide for communities. But while the specific needs of sewer systems haven’t shifted much, the industry’s financial situation has, forcing departments across the United States to reevaluate and rebudget.

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Sewer Basics: What is Wastewater Asset Management?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 23, 2020 4:01:44 PM / by WinCan

Wastewater asset management is a practice many operators use to develop long-term plans for sustaining wastewater systems and services. 

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Sewer Basics: Photo and Video Sewer Inspection Equipment

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 6, 2020 3:13:12 PM / by WinCan

Wastewater systems require routine maintenance and assessment. Yet completing visual inspections of many sewer assets — when accessible — requires dangerous confined space entry; in many cases, it’s impossible for human eyes to look directly on underground assets without digging up lines. Instead, personnel rely on specially designed cameras and equipment to assess the condition of otherwise out-of-sight operations. The equipment used depends on the utility’s needs and budget, but a range of modern technologies provide fast and efficient options for gathering information about a sewer pipe’s condition, while also increasing safety.

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Improve Workplace Safety for Sewer Workers with a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 27, 2020 2:56:38 PM / by WinCan

Sewer workers face risks daily, whether it’s a confined space work environment or exposure to fumes, debris and bacteria. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5,250 fatal work injuries were recorded in the U.S. in 2018, which is a 2 percent increase from the previous year. But protecting sewer industry workers from hazards they may encounter on the job goes beyond requiring goggles and gloves.

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Preparing Your Sewer System for the New Season

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 15, 2019 1:47:58 PM / by WinCan

There’s a lot for public works departments to consider when preparing for the transition into fall’s cooler temperatures, including their effect on day-to-day sewer collection system operations. The new season brings obvious challenges for wastewater systems — like fall foliage and increased rainfall — but it can also impact a department’s ability to inspect efficiently.

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Getting the Buy-In: How to Make Your Case to Upgrade Your Sewer Asset Management Software

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 24, 2019 12:58:04 PM / by WinCan

Software has an end of life, it is just not as apparent as in the case of hardware. It doesn’t just simply stop powering on. Usually operators are the first to notice that software isn’t performing the way it was built. It slows down, crashes and requires duplication of effort instead offering seamless integration. But upgrading isn’t always that easy; publicly-operated agencies have to navigate through lengthy approval processes and bureaucratic red tape to help administrators see the value in upgrading their software. 

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WinCan's Third and Final PACP Reference Poster

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2019 11:42:00 AM / by WinCan

WinCan has released the third and final piece of its PACP Code Reference poster series: Construction Features & Miscellaneous Codes

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What is a Workflow?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 18, 2019 6:52:00 AM / by WinCan

In the realm of asset management and data storage software, the term “workflow” is frequently used. For operators in the field, it applies to work order creation and prioritization, how they set up their worksite, or how they finalize and submit inspection data. But for software, a workflow encompasses a wide array of procedures, macros and background functionality performed by various software components working together to remove personnel from menial tasks.

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The Impact of PFAS on Wastewater

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2019 7:02:00 AM / by WinCan

Monitoring municipal and industrial wastewaters is an important part of tracking and managing pollutants. This is particularly relevant for contaminants like PFAS, which can remain unchanged through the wastewater treatment processes. In fact, wastewater treatment plant effluent is a major contributor of PFAS in surface water. Understanding the role that treatment plants play in managing this hazard can help us better understand the affects of PFAS on human health and the environment.

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