To kick off March’s Straight From The TAP spotlights, we spoke with Phil Read. Read is the State Manager for Georgia with SERCAP, the Southeastern RCAP. He has been in the RCAP network for 11 years overall, with 2 years spent with as a TAP in the 90’s.
Read received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Georgia before beginning his work as a TAP with Georgia RCAP in 1994. After managing a training department at a large software company until 2006, he decided to return to Georgia RCAP – and never looked back. Read maintains a Class IV Water Operator certification and has been certified by Georgia EPD as a Qualified Water Loss Auditor. He excels in providing communities with financial aspects of projects, such as rate studies, fiscal capacity analyses and asset management programs. Recently, Read has dove into the field of GIS mapping in collaboration with SERCAP colleagues located in South Carolina.
For Read, it is hard to pick what he enjoys most about working in the RCAP network. “I really enjoy getting out on the road in my state and seeing it, beyond the interstate highways, and meeting the people who are doing their best to help their communities,” he said. “When I pass through a town that we’ve helped and I see a new water tank or new fire hydrants…it really gives me a feeling of satisfaction and pride because I know what we do is really making a difference and helping people.” If he had to pick a favorite thing though, it would be the personal level on which he gets to interact with community members – especially when they invite him into their home for meals and conversation, and he gets to take home leftover pound cake! Thank you, Phil, for all of the hard work and dedication you’ve shown to improve quality of life, starting at the tap.