Lessons Learned From Opflow
We asked Opflow readers to join us as we celebrate 50 years of editorial excellence by sharing their lessons learned from Opflow over the years. From Opflow’s founding in 1975 to the present, look how much we’ve grown together.
You can still get involved in the celebration! Here’s how:
- Share your lessons learned from Opflow’s content in an email to the editor for a chance to see your story featured in the magazine. Submit a maximum of 300 words describing a noteworthy article you’ve read or experience you’ve gained from Opflow to email@example.com.
- Join the conversation on social media! Post your experience and your #LessonsLearnedFromOpflow on social media throughout the year, tag @AmericanWaterWorksAssociation, and use the hashtag to engage with us.
Read inspiring stories and lessons learned from Opflow readers:
A VALUABLE ASSET
"I started reading Opflow shortly after graduating as an engineer in 1977. In the early 1980s, I was also certified as an operator and was responsible for utilities and public works for a town of about 2,500 people in Northern Alberta.
I turned 70 earlier this year, still in active practice as a senior civil engineer. I read every Opflow when they come out and have rarely found an issue that didn’t have at least two articles to read in depth. At my age I can’t really recall a single specific article that I would hashtag, even if I knew how (LOL).
Please keep up the good work. Opflow isn’t just for operators. There’s always something solid worth learning in the magazine. I often pull articles from my electronic copy for some of my technologists and junior engineers."
REVISITING FREE CHLORINE RESIDUAL
Robert Spon’s article “Do You Really Have a Free Chlorine Residual?” was published in Opflow’s June 2008 issue, but I still refer to it often. The article covers breakpoint chlorination; chlorine demand in groundwater; and how common testing methods have interferences, which the author calls “pink phantom.”
At about the same time the article was published, I was given the opportunity to learn how to do chlorine breakpoint jar testing in the field to develop site-specific breakpoint chlorination curves. These field tests were compared to charts and tables in the article to help the system owners and operators understand what was happening at their own facility. This article is a great example of how to write and illustrate ideas in a memorable and practical way. I recently shared the article with an operator who was having trouble maintaining a stable chlorine residual in a groundwater system, saying, “Here is the first article you should read.”