Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - 40


A Day in the
Life of a

Circuit Rider

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Tony Wyatt, Circuit Rider/Field Supervisor,
Tennessee Association of Utility Districts
What does your typical day
as a Circuit Rider entail?
Things have a changed a lot since I
started as a circuit rider over 25 years ago.
Back then, you loaded what you might
need into the car and headed out. At the
end of the day I would call the office to see
if any utilities had called for me and then
return their calls.
These days, I start out checking my
email and seeing if any texts or voicemails

are on my phone. I answer emails and
return texts and calls before heading to
my first utility. Typically, I will visit one to
three utilities during the day depending on
the time required at each. Each day and
each visit will likely be different. I might
spend the day assisting a new operations
specialist, become familiar with his
duties, explaining how his treatment plant
should be operated or familiarizing him
with regulations or sampling procedures.

Other days, I may visit a few utilities
helping teach personnel how to maintain
equipment, write various plans and reports
or solve problems at the plant or in the
distribution system. The day usually ends
with checking email and taking care of
paperwork such as expenses, articles, etc.
Of course, no matter how well you have
planned your day, it can change with a call
or text from an operations specialist with a
problem that needs immediate attention.

What's your favorite thing
about being a Circuit Rider?
The best part is the people I get to
work with daily. First I have a great group
of coworkers at Tennessee Association of
Utility Districts (TAUD). Each one is very
knowledgeable in their area of expertise
and all truly care about our utilities. Our
field staff are regularly in contact with each
other, exchanging information or ideas.
The utility personnel I work with also
make my job enjoyable. Over the years I
have developed many special friendships
among the operations specialists, office
staff, mayors and board members. I have
found that most of these folks genuinely
care about the communities they serve
and want to do the best job they can in
providing a safe, affordable water supply.
At the end of the day if I feel that I have, in
some way, helped them better serve their
customers, it's been a good day.

What's the most
challenging job you've
ever undertaken as a
Circuit Rider?
This is a difficult question since there
have been many challenging jobs over
the years. I once received a call from
an operations specialist in distress on a

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016

The Latest Drinking Water Innovations
Potable Reuse of Water: A View from Arizona
Getting the Public on Board with Your Potable Water Reuse Plan
Recapturing Revenue from Water Loss
Water Depletion and the Customer
Boardroom Courtesy
From the President
Finance: Audit Requirements
Technology: The New System that Uses Sound to Alleviate Water Shortage
Emergency Management: Creating a Drought Response Plan
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop: An Old Familiar Tune
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - The Latest Drinking Water Innovations
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - Potable Reuse of Water: A View from Arizona
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - 21
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - Getting the Public on Board with Your Potable Water Reuse Plan
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - 25
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - Recapturing Revenue from Water Loss
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - Finance: Audit Requirements
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - Technology: The New System that Uses Sound to Alleviate Water Shortage
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - Emergency Management: Creating a Drought Response Plan
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - 38
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - Water Depletion and the Customer
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - Boardroom Courtesy
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - 47
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - Regulatory Update
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - Throwing My Loop: An Old Familiar Tune
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2016 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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