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FromThePresident BY MARK ESTES, VRWA PRESIDENT The Next 25 Years GROWING UP, I had a black lab that would sit at the edge of our split-rail fence near the road in front of our home. He would bark and chase every car that passed by our driveway and would follow the car as far as the eye could see. I asked my dad one day, “Do you think he will ever catch one?” Dad said, “That is not what bothers me. What I am concerned with is what he will do when he does catch one.” The impact you have (or leave) with your coworkers, community leaders and customers will often determine the success of your organization for many years to come. If I were to ask you to name the most important objectives in your life, chances are you would respond ambiguously with, “I want to be happy, raise a family, be successful, make a good living and enjoy my retirement.” The response is commendable, yet it suffers from the lack of any clear goals or strategy. If we are not careful, we will be “chasing” our dreams just like my dog would chase each car … never giving thought to the end result or consequences. Goals need to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and bound within a specific period of time. What you leave your children and your organization will be your legacy. The impact you have (or leave) with your coworkers, community leaders and customers will often determine the success of your organization for many years to come. The motivation for each day should not be our monthly bills, a home mortgage or our children’s’ college funds. The compelling force should be the desire to move beyond mediocrity and to make a difference in the lives of those people we touch on a daily basis. Cleary-defined goals can minimize the negative impact from the “seasons” in our lives when we become tired and weary. The public service we dearly love can suddenly become the essence of our despair. At one time or another, we all have entertained those overwhelming moments of self indulgence, wondering if anyone really notices the extra time, effort and commitment that each of us have put into serving our customers. The catalyst for continual motivation is change. Learning experiences and challenges are the driving forces in motivating people to accept and embrace new ideas and concepts. Many factors influence our ability to change. Past experiences and present circumstances will often prompt the necessity of change; we either change or suffer the consequences of remaining complacent and indifferent with a changing world around us. The message and mission of your organization may remain constant, yet the delivery and application of the core principles must continue to evolve. The water and wastewater industry is a dynamic industry where safe and affordable water and sewer services must remain constant, and continuing the core philosophy requires the evolution and adaptation of new strategies to keep those services affordable for our customers. The next 25 years will bring tremendous challenges. Continued global weather change, water shortages, population change, election demographics, hydraulic fracturing, uranium mining and many other widening environmental concerns will necessitate learning and increased efficiencies. VRWA will continue to provide the core services, training and on-site assistance to all of our member systems with a promise to change and adapt to meet those future needs. Each congressional session brings new treatment challenges and budget shortfalls that must be addressed with clearly defined goals and corporate strategy. VRWA’s legacy will be its commitment to our members and our unbroken promise to provide those professional services at the lowest possible cost. 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2013

From the President
From the Executive Director
What If?
Stormwater Management
Soapbox Farewell
Water and Wastewater Certifi cation Exam Test Taking Tips
Past 25 Years of VRWA
Proactive vs. Reactive
Asset Management and Drought Management
Is the Tank Contaminating the Water?
Committed to the Future of Rural Communities
Standard Operating Procedure For Leak Detection Using the Pressure Hold Method
The Virginia RATES Program is at Your Service
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
Employee Introductions
VRWA 25th Annual Exposition Agenda
Wastewater Math
eLearning Benefits
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefi ts Are?
Membership Application
Throwing My Loop
VRWA Mailbag
Welcoming New Members
Training Calendar
Board Of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index To Advertisers/

Streamline - Spring 2013