Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 19

THE CONCEPT OF
PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKING
AND ASSISTANCE IS GAINING
NATIONAL INTEREST AND ATTENTION
AS A POTENTIAL SOLUTION TO A HOST
OF PERCEIVED PROBLEMS.

the Rural Water Association of Utah's
field staff is so critical, as they travel the
state assisting these system operations
specialists and providing needed expertise
and knowledge.
Lara Zent: At Texas Rural Water,
we encourage and foster peer-to-peer
networks at many levels. We hold six
conferences each year where we create
networking opportunities for our members
to meet and discuss issues. Our staff
receives a lot of email and phone questions
from our members on technical, regulatory

and legal issues. Responses to novel
questions are shared through regular
columns in our magazine. This way,
member systems may learn from each
other's questions.

What is the most valuable
learning opportunity
for system operations
specialists, system
managers and system
board members?
Randy Norden: Knowledge is
dynamic and changing fast. When
knowledge is held to a singular channel,
it gets delayed and subdued. When
knowledge is set free through a network,
it becomes easier to exchange and
evaluate, thus helping the individual
decipher what pieces of information
are applicable and best suited for their
particular situation. Likewise, as these
individuals learn, they can then share their
experience with peers.
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individuals to seek out advice for potential
solutions to issues they may be facing.
I rely on my peer-to-peer connection
with other Rural Water association
contacts across the country. They are
always willing to provide support, advice
and guidance. A key point is that within
an active network group, it's most likely
someone within the group will be able to
answer your question.
Vern Steel: We work in an industry
where it is common to have only one
water system operations specialist or
wastewater system operations specialist
at the public system. Frequently, both of
those positions are also covered by one
person. This is especially true in rural areas
where many work a full-time job elsewhere
and run the water or wastewater system
on the side. It is critical to have a network
of peers who they can lean on and
learn from so they can provide
the essential safe drinking water
that everyone needs. This is why



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018

From the President
When Rural Water Systems Combine
Peer-to-Peer Networking
Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
Rural Water Rally 2018
State Rural Water Association Profile
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Up the Creek: The Ongoing Story of Our Life
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 3
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - When Rural Water Systems Combine
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Peer-to-Peer Networking
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 25
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Rural Water Rally 2018
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 35
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Ongoing Story of Our Life
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the CEO
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