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Q&A: Back the ____ Up!

Posted by Shawn Perkins on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Q: Shawn, I am the Maintenance Supervisor of my town’s Water Reclamation Facility. Yesterday the PLC that controls several critical pieces of equipment and interfaces with my SCADA system had a catastrophic failure and crashed. The program is gone and I don't have a backup. What can I do now?

A: Let me start by explaining that a PLC is a “programmable logic controller” which is basically a digital computer used to automate systems, machines or equipment.

Unfortunately your options are limited at this point.

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Avoiding the Murphy's Law Monster at your Utilities

Posted by Adam Downey on Friday, January 18, 2013 @ 02:49 PM

Water and Wastewater Utilities operate under many, many laws and regulations. However, the most important laws for an operator to remember were not written under EPA guidance or by the state legislature; they’ve been written out of experience:
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