California Water Professionals


California’s first ever Water Professionals Appreciation Week launched last October and was established by Senate Concurrent Resolution 80, by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa). The measure was sponsored by a coalition led by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) that includes: WateReuse California, California Municipal Utilities Association, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, and the California Water Association. The California Water Environment Association also is also a partner in the effort. Under SCR 80, the annually designated week begins on the first Saturday of October and ends on the Sunday of the following weekend.  This year’s Water Professionals Appreciation Week runs from Oct. 6-14, 2018.

This appreciation week is 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.

Recent labor studies estimate that 60,000 people work in the water industry in California and the industry needs roughly 6,000 new employees each year due to turnover. The water industry offers a wide array of career opportunities from water quality supervisors to plant operators to environmental supervisors and more.

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