Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016 - (Page 44)
the waterPro Online Community
Connecting the water industry
A utility manager stares at the
computer monitor in his small utility office.
There's a stapled packet of receipts and
purchase orders for a newly-purchased
pump on one corner of the desk. On the
other: a stack of wastewater logs and TMDL
documents printed from the EPA website.
Across the country, a wastewater
superintendent is searching for pricing
information on a new pump. On the corner
of the desk sits a stack of reports that
detail how a few procedure changes helped
them meet new TMDL regulations.
In the past, these water professionals
might only meet by chance at a national
conference, if they ever met at all. A
simple meeting could unlock valuable
knowledge and experience in their
overlapping areas of interest. Today
though, the WaterPro Community gives
these professionals a chance to network
online, to ask questions and exchange
experiences for the benefit of their utilities.
"Today's world is an online world,"
explained NRWA CEO Sam Wade.
"Professional networking is no longer
limited by time or geography: the
internet allows water professionals
from all over the world to share their
valuable knowledge and experience."
WaterPro Community forums provide
more than a simple question and answer
session or a quick networking session.
These discussions collect into persistent,
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categorized and searchable institutional
knowledge - a question need only be
answered one time for all members.
These forums have the power to put the
knowledge and experience of lifelong water
professionals at each member's fingertips.
"The forums are a powerful tool,
but they are just one of the WaterPro
Community's many features," Wade said.
The power of the WaterPro community
is that it combines the power of several,
common web tools into a single, easyto-navigate platform. These tools include
forums, blogs, file libraries, wikis and
networking tools. The community platform
gives members one login to access the full
array of tools. Additionally, it adds a layer
of search and tag functionality that makes
finding information easier than ever. A
simple search for "arsenic," for example,
could yield blog posts on new arsenic
regulation and new remediation technology,
forum discussions about systems'
experience dealing with arsenic, sample
presentations on how to deal with arsenic,
and links to webinars on arsenic reduction.
The WaterPro Community blogs will
focus on regular updates on industry
issues ranging from technical operations to
regulations and compliance. Expert authors
share regular news links, insight, and
analysis on various industry topics. Various
subscription options ensure members are
always up-to-date on the latest news in
their favorite topic area. WaterPro Conference
blogs also have commenting options that
allow members to continue the discussion,
to ask questions, and to increase learning.
"Our industry is changing rapidly, and
the pace is only going to accelerate," Wade
said. "These community blogs will help
keep members abreast of all changes in
process, technology and regulation."
File libraries are a community warehouse
of documents, files, videos and presentations.
They can include everything from training
presentations to official documents. The file
libraries will grow dependent on the interest
from the members, but could include utility
documents, including sample work orders and
job descriptions or a sample boil order notice.
A WaterPro Community membership
also includes a free NRWA membership,
which provides access to other benefits and
discounts. The primary benefit is that NRWA
members are helping support national's efforts
to support continued utility funding, sensible
regulations and protection of water resources.
NRWA members also receive special
discounts on NRWA events, webinar events
and other vendor deals. This membership also
includes a free subscription to Rural Water
magazine, and access to special interviews
with decision makers in the water industry.
"The WaterPro Community is a unique
opportunity to advance the industry and
unlock the collective knowledge and expertise
of the water industry," Wade said. ●
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016
From the President
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Lessons in Water
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Technology: GIS and the 5 Ws
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