California’s water professionals are on the front lines of one of the state’s most important lifelines. It is a life-sustaining profession and it continues 24/7, 365 days a year; the public depends on water professionals to guarantee that when the tap is activated that water – good, clean water – flows freely.
With this in mind, Senator Bill Dodd (D-District 3-Napa) authored Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 80 to proclaim Water Professionals Appreciation Week. The designated week proclaims the first week of October, beginning on the first Saturday of the month and ending on the Sunday of the following weekend as Water Professionals Appreciation Week.
“While this year’s rains eased drought conditions, supporting smart water policy and infrastructure has never been more crucial,” said Senator Dodd. “Our economy and our environment depend on water professionals working every single day to maintain and improve our water systems. Water truly is the lifeblood of our state and their work is indispensable.”
The Concurrent Resolution 80 encourages public water agencies and wastewater agencies to offer tours, open houses and other events during the appreciation week timeframe to educate key audiences on the on the value of water and wastewater services as well as the important functions of these agencies. Water Professionals Appreciation Week is an opportunity to showcase the important role that water professionals play in delivering water to California’s homes, businesses and farms. Conversely, the state legislature is also encouraging California residents to learn about the water and wastewater industries in California and consider careers in this important field.
“Water Professionals Appreciation Week is a proactive and exciting opportunity to showcase the ‘people behind the pipes and plants’ who work hard every day to ensure safe, reliable water for communities throughout California,” said ACWA Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs Jennifer Persike. “It also gives water agencies a chance to cultivate the next generation of water leaders by highlighting the rewarding careers in the water industry to young professionals and students.”
The Water Professionals Appreciation measure was sponsored by an Association of California Water Agencies-led coalition that includes the California Association of Sanitation Agencies, California Municipal Utilities Association, the California Water Association and WateReuse California. The California Water Environment Association has also been a partner in the effort.