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The O&M of a Sequencing Batch Reactor or a (Lack Thereof) Part 1: Getting to Know Each Other

The O&M of a Sequencing Batch Reactor or a (Lack Thereof) Part 1: Getting to Know Each Other

One of the services that Timmons Group provides for operators or just owners of wwtps and wtps is troubleshooting and plant optimization. At first glance one would think this shouldn’t be that hard. Come in, look at a treatment plant, make some adjustments and presto, you have a functioning facility again. Read more »


VFDs Can Make a Big Difference in Your WWTP

VFDs Can Make a Big Difference in Your WWTP

Most of us operators know what VFDs are, but for those who have not yet heard of them or for those who haven't had the need to learn more about them, it stands for Variable Frequency Drive.  Most new treatment plants use them as a standard and many older treatment plants are retrofitting them into their process. Here’s basically how they work. Read more »


Saving Money on Aeration and Alkalinity in Wastewater Treatment

Saving Money on Aeration and Alkalinity in Wastewater Treatment

Continuing on the theme of operational cost savings, this post details how some wastewater treatment facilities might successfully reduce both aeration costs and alkalinity dosing costs by making a relatively minor change to an extended aeration process configuration. Read more »


Vast Amount of Operator Training Throughout the State

Vast Amount of Operator Training Throughout the State

I recently attended the Virginia Rural Water Association’s Annual Conference held in Roanoke. It was good to finally meet a lot of the operators I have been in contact with over the last year. Read more »


Bringing Your Water/Wastewater Plant out of Hibernation - De-Winterizing

Bringing Your Water/Wastewater Plant out of Hibernation - De-Winterizing

I know we haven’t had that extreme of a winter, but there are still issues that should be addressed when the plant changes from season to season. Read more »


Blogging for Water/Wastewater Operators, by a Water/Wastewater Operator

Blogging for Water/Wastewater Operators, by a Water/Wastewater Operator

We've added a new blog category that will discuss all things pertaining to water, wastewater and the operator.   I will be covering many topics over the coming months; everything from how the weather affects your system to the latest federal and state regulations regarding safety and operator tips to what is going on within your facility. Read more »