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A Day in the
Life of a

Circuit Rider

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Joe Anstine, Drinking Water Circuit Rider,
Missouri Rural Water Association

What was your first job?

My first water/wastewater job was in
Leeton, Missouri, a small community of
620 in population. I was hired to be the
water and wastewater system operations
specialist, street superintendent, cemetery
worker, dog catcher and anything else that
needed to be done in the city, as I was
the only city utility employee. I remember
my first job for the city was to clear out all
the grass out from around the wastewater
lagoon's edge, as it hadn't been properly
taken care of for several years and the city
was under abatement with the Department
of Natural Resources. I thought, what the
heck have I gotten myself into?
Being the only city employee other than
the Police Chief, I was asked to assist the
Chief on several occasions. I was once
called upon to assist with a llama that was
at large and causing havoc in a neighbor's
garden. Upon arrival, the Chief had him
cornered, and as I put the rope around his
neck, the llama looked directly at the Chief
and spit right on his head. It was way too
funny watching the Chief run away from a
llama with his head dripping with slobber.

What does your typical day
as a Circuit Rider entail?
On most days, I have a requested visit
already on the schedule. These include
leak detection, rate studies, hydrant flow
tests, line location, meter accuracy testing,
pressure data logging, correlation logging,
flying a drone to video newly constructed
water mains, attending board/council
meetings, assisting at water treatment
plants with water quality issues, assisting
with emergency response, preparing and
attending statewide conferences, etc. So,
as you can see, there is not really a typical
day for a Circuit Rider-we have to just go
with the flow and be prepared to do what
is necessary to get the job done.

What's your favorite thing
about being a Circuit Rider?
For me, my favorite thing is the
variety of the job. One day, I might be in a
water main ditch showing a new system
operations specialist how to install a repair
clamp, and the next, in a suit and tie at
a meeting with engineers discussing
upcoming water projects. I love sharing the

knowledge that I have gathered from other
talented people over the years with both
new and experienced system operations
specialists-I make new and lifelong
friends every day I'm out in the field.

What's the most
challenging job you've
ever undertaken as a
Circuit Rider?
The most challenging situation that
I have been in is no doubt the Joplin,
Missouri tornado. With other staff from
Missouri Rural Water Association, I was
sent in to assist with the recovery effort
after an EF-5 tornado hit the town. Upon
arrival, the group found the tornado had
torn a path one-mile-wide through the
southern half of town. After three days
onsite, it was estimated that the group
had uncovered and shut off 8,000 water
meters and several hundred water valves.
I have been to several other emergencies
such as ice storms, tornados, power

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018

From the President
Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 4
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 5
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 6
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 22
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 24
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 28
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 46
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 47
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the CEO
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