Streamline - Winter 2015 - (Page 17)
Finding Your Way
BY DONNA LAWSON, WASTEWATER OPERATION SPECIALIST
I WaS vISITINg a friend recently in Bath County along Route 39 West when I heard the doorbell ring. I asked if she was
expecting company, knowing that family and friends would have opened the door and walked on in. She said no, so I got up out
of my comfortable chair to see who it was. A distraught young woman was standing outside the door. She was lost and looking
for directions. After several minutes of calming her down and redirecting her back to where she was going, my friend and I
had a good laugh. The poor woman had been following GPS on her phone when she lost signal and ended up outside of Warm
Springs headed for West Virginia.
I'm no stranger to the love/hate relationship of GPS driving directions. It's been
a lifesaver when going through large cities where interchanges are hard to keep
up with, but mostly it's been responsible
for sending me where I didn't want to go
along the worst back roads possible. Once
I ended up on the back side of a military
base driving through a mine field. Like
any tool, the benefit is in how you use it.
The key is not to let it think for you.
Success in any endeavor involves having a clear vision of where you're going
and a plan of how to get there. Of course
being lost can have unexpected rewards
of finding beautiful scenery, gaining
knowledge or finding new friends, but
mostly it costs extra time and money. Our
industry of providing water and wastewater services is especially dependent
upon obtainable goals because of the
long term investment of infrastructure,
environmental impact and maintaining
a licensed workforce. To do all of this
successfully takes a lot of hard work, not
to mention intelligent planning.
Changes are happening in tighter
regulations, modernization of treatment
systems and a turnover to a younger
workforce. More and more emphasis
is being put on not only improving the
existing infrastructure, but to keeping systems viable long into the future.
Rural Development in conjunction with
National Rural Water has begun a nationwide campaign for developing long-term
sustainability. The water circuit riders
and wastewater techs have always been
responsible for providing technical support and training where needed in this
effort. This new program is designed to
help systems help themselves. It's a workshop that can help systems see where they
need to improve, clarify priorities and
opens lines of communication. And best
of all, it's free from Rural Development.
If your system would be interested
in participating in a Sustainability
Workshop, contact us. Workshops can
be single system or multiple systems
Success in any endeavor
involves having a clear
vision of where you're
going and a plan of
how to get there.
and should consist of all levels of staff:
management, clerical, operators, maintenance and line crew. The workshop
provides six hours of CPE credits good
for all licenses. In the meantime, keep
your GPS handy.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2015
From the President: Performance Evaluation
From the Executive Director: Save the Date!
Professional or Job Holder: Which Will You Be?
Emergencies: Do You Have A Plan?
Finding Your Way
Hearing Protection – Keep Your Employees Safe
Economic Opportunity: USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Rate Setting – It’s Easy?
Throwing My Loop: Fresh Water
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
2015-2016 Membership Directory
Board of Directors
VRWA Members Corner
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Winter 2015