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TECHNOLOGY

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Rural Water District Finds
Effective GIS Support
BY TRAVIS ANDERSON, DISTRICT ENGINEER, LE-AX WATER DISTRICT

When I came to

work at Le-Ax
Water District in the fall of 2009, they
had just finished gathering GPS points
on all the aboveground assets. With
Ohio University's Institute of Local
Government Administration and Rural
Development (ILGARD) providing technical
resources, Le-Ax had finally put together

all the pieces and had a functioning GIS.
From that point on, it was the district's
responsibility to maintain.
The continued task of gathering points
was placed on the maintenance crew.
Since they were responsible for installing
taps, meters and valves, making repairs
and exposing lines, it made the most

sense to have them collect the asset
locations. Periodically, I would take the
handheld GPS unit from the staff and pull
the new points into ArcMap.
The two main problems that came
to light were technical knowledge of the
equipment/ software and the amount
of time the handheld unit needed to
acquire accuracy. Le-Ax plodded along
with the handhelds, but it was not a
productive period for our GIS. Searching
the marketplace, I came across a simple
mobile app that utilized shape files by
projecting them onto an aerial background.
The internal GPS of the phone would show
your location. It wasn't accurate, and it
wasn't easy getting the coordinates set up,
but it did work. When I showed it to staff,
everyone's attitude toward GIS changed.
When Collector for ArcGIS was
released, I knew this would be our next
step into using iPads in the field, I just
had to figure out how to use it. A search
on Esri's site revealed plenty of back-andforth between users and Esri support staff,
and online tutorials for Collector provided
guidance on creating maps and making

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017

From the President
Moving Forward with Workforce Development
Managing and Working in a Multi-Generational Workforce
Veterans in the Water Industry
New Online Database Provides Misleading Information for Tap Water Customers
WaterPro Rocks Reno
Finance: How to Start Saving for Retirement
Technology: Rural Water District Finds Effective GIS Support
Regulatory Update
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider: Rita Clary, Kansas Rural Water Association
Up the Creek: Of Birds and Men
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - intro
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 4
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Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Moving Forward with Workforce Development
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Managing and Working in a Multi-Generational Workforce
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 18
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 21
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Veterans in the Water Industry
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 24
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - New Online Database Provides Misleading Information for Tap Water Customers
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 26
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - WaterPro Rocks Reno
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Finance: How to Start Saving for Retirement
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Technology: Rural Water District Finds Effective GIS Support
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider: Rita Clary, Kansas Rural Water Association
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Up the Creek: Of Birds and Men
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 47
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 49
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - From the CEO
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