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feature Next Generation Mag Meter Proven Performance 9 Filter Balancing and Backwash 9 Wells and Booster Stations 9 Distribution and Effluent 9 Leak Detection 9 Pump Stations 9 UV Dosing McCrometer ’s FPI Mag® is the Flow Meter of Choice for Water Q uality Professionals Simple Installation No cutting pipe or welding flanges Proven Accuracy ± 0.5% 3 Hot tap installation without sacrificing performance 3 Installed savings up to 45% 3 Ideal for finding leaks and replacing aging flow meters Contact Your Local McCrometer FPI Mag Factory Authorized Rep: 22 | RUMBLES SEPTEMBER 2015 get them off the ground. After that, it was up to them to save and invest in their system. I think these grants were one of the biggest mistakes because if you give someone something for free, they do not appreciate it. Utility bills today are far below the rate of inflation since the early 90s! How can we get the public to think differently about the value of water utilities? Last Saturday I was working on a lift station that was not well maintained. Sewage was coming up through the manhole, and while we were pumping it down, a guy came to me and complained: “I pay $60 for sewage out here every month!” I responded, “Well, you and your wife put two 55 gallon drums together every day. Most of it is water, but we know there is a turtle or two in there. Show me another place that is willing to take this out of your hands for $2 a day and you don’t have to take care of anything!” He responded, “I never thought of it this way.” With the oversight you have from working in so many facilities, where are we lacking as an industry? I think we lack in recruiting, especially in operations. Recruiters tell kids in high school, you cannot be anything without a four-year degree. That is not true. We see that senior level operations now require a four-year degree, which is good and gives them a head start, more than what I had. But at the end of the day, we need operators who can think on their feet; you don’t necessarily learn that from a four-year degree. How do you keep the younger people working for you interested in their jobs? I don’t pigeonhole them. They get to do a lot of different things and see different parts of the countryside. We have senior operators joining us, because we have a lot of mean-ingful work and can keep them busy. Other professions allow employees to move among different work-place locations. Would such a program make operator jobs more attractive? It would be perfect to have such a program, switching out oper-ators for a month or so among facilities in Colorado. You can learn so much more from working in different places. We need to overcome the fear that operators may like it better some-where else. A traveling operator, that would be cool; I would volunteer for that! Wayne, it was great talking with you! Thank you for your enthusi-asm, unforgettable stories, and life-long service to our industry. Tanja Rauch-Williams, Ph.D., P.E., is a Principal Technologist, and Bryan Coday is a Staff Engineer, both with Carollo Engineers. The unique multi-electrode sensor measures across the entire pipe diameter for better accuracy and repeatability. Web Demo www.McCrometer.com/fpimag 420 Corporate Circle, Suite H, Golden, CO 80401 303.987.3838 www.canyonsystemsinc.com


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