Commonwealth Engineers announces the promotion of Theresa Criss-Hartwig and Drew Flamion to Partner

Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. (Commonwealth) announces the promotion of two staff members to Partner. Commonwealth Partners have a vested interest in helping employees grow with our company and working with Indiana communities with their water resource needs and long-term goals.   Theresa Criss-Hartwig joined Commonwealth Engineers in 2009 and served as a Business Development Manager. Theresa is […]

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A letter from Commonwealth Engineers on COVID-19

Dear valued clients and partners,  I am reaching out to confirm our strong commitment to you during the ongoing coronavirus situation. With today’s Directive For Hoosiers To Stay At Home from the Governor, Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. will continue to operate during normal business hours through our ‘work from home’ program. You can reach us through […]

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Environmental Compliance Reminders

Annual Pretreatment Report Due to IDEM April 1st Your Community’s Industrial Pretreatment Program’s Annual Report is due by April 1, 2020. If your community is classified as a Non-Delegated Pretreatment Program, your Annual Report must be submitted to IDEM’s Office of Water Quality (OWQ). If your community is designated as a Delegated Pretreatment Program, your […]

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An Open Letter From An Operator

Hello everyone, my name is Jeffrey Fish. I recently accepted the first “Operations Specialist” position created by Commonwealth Engineers. Commonwealth established this position to provide operator assistance and better collaboration from an operator’s perspective on projects, thereby improving long-term operational success. Operators have an influential voice, and Commonwealth is making sure we have a seat […]

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Water and Wastewater Workforce – the Impending Challenge Part 5 – With Challenge Comes Opportunity for Improvement!

Given the impending challenge and historical benefits of long-term broad concept partnerships between municipalities and their engineering consultant, Commonwealth has decided to expand our service offerings to include Operations Assistance. Commonwealth’s intention for offering this service is to reduce the cost of operating and maintaining water and wastewater utilities, trouble-shoot and resolve more complex operational […]

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Water and Wastewater Workforce – the Impending Challenge Part 4 – The Consulting Engineer & Contract Operator; a Historical Disconnect.

Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. (Commonwealth) has been providing water resource planning, design, construction administration, inspection, and regulatory compliance services for communities throughout the State of Indiana for over 45-years. Over this time, we have serviced many Indiana municipalities (large and small). Commonwealth has long-standing and on-going relationships with many of our partner municipalities. But, far too […]

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Water and Wastewater Workforce – the Impending Challenge Part 3 – Why is Having an Experienced and Diligent Water & Wastewater Operator So Important?

EPA authorizes most states to have primary enforcement responsibility “Primacy” for the Safe Drinking Water Act and authorizes most states to operate their own clean water discharge permitting program.  Per EPA regulations, states are to have inspection programs for these utilities.  Of the two-hundred-eighty-four (284) Community Drinking Water System inspections recently completed in the State […]

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Certified Validators are Here! Water Loss Audits – 2020 Updates and Validation Requirements

All metered community water systems are required to perform annual Water Audits and “Validated” Water Audits in every even-numbered year. The first Validated Water Audit is due on August 1, 2020.  Commonwealth has attended the inaugural training session and now has 2 certified Water Auditors and Validators to assist you with both the assembly of the […]

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Water and Wastewater Workforce – the Impending Challenge Part 2 – When did Finding a Certified Operator Become so Difficult?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has projected that 8.2 percent of existing water and wastewater operators will need to be replaced annually between 2016 and 2026 (Source: https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/689621.pdf). Limited information is available to determine whether retirements, or other workforce needs, are affecting drinking water and wastewater utilities’ abilities to comply with the Safe Drinking […]

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Water and Wastewater Workforce – the Impending Challenge Part 1 – The Water & Wastewater Utility Operator

According to a 2016 Government Accountability Office study (Source: https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687261.pdf), there are approximately 52,000 drinking water and 16,000 wastewater utilities in the United States. These utilities vary widely in the number of people they serve, but the majority serve fewer than 10,000 people. Water and wastewater utility operators are required to run the equipment, control […]

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