California’s first-ever Water Professionals Appreciation Week launched this past October 7th-15th as part of a new annual designation intended to highlight the important role of water industry professionals and local public water agencies in ensuring safe and reliable water, wastewater, and recycled water in California.
Established by Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 80, it was approved by the Legislature on Sept. 13th.
The resolution, authored by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa), was sponsored by an ACWA-led coalition that included WateReuse California, California Municipal Utilities Association, California Association of Sanitation Agencies and California Water Association. CWEA was also is a partner in the effort. And CWEA got right to work with creating artwork, gathering profiles to highlight and flagging a surplus of water jobs to showcase.
CWEA rolled out 20 different pieces of artwork, profiles, charts and videos via social media. Water career stories were shared using hashtags #workforwater and #cawaterweek to highlight the important role of water industry professionals and local public water agencies in ensuring safe and reliable water, wastewater, and recycled water in California. This will be an annual push every October worthy of CWEA time, attention and resources since this week celebrates the profession and CWEA members.
A survey we shared with CWEA Members asked if they enjoy their water jobs. A resounding 95% said they really do enjoy this profession.
Profiles CWEA featured:
- Melody Labella
- Marc Oliver Quijano
- Mindy Boele
- Wendy Hsiao
- Kent Carlson
- Howard Brewen
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- Infographic: Become a Wastewater Operator in California
Using the template included in CWEA’s toolkit, water agencies and individuals from all corners of the state highlighted the week as a way of showing their appreciation. These included engineers, systems operators, planners, construction and maintenance crews, information technology specialists, accountants, administrative professionals, public affairs teams, customer service representatives and managers.
Articles shared during the week: