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Show water professionals some love, celebrating water professionals appreciation week

Calling all Arizona Water Professionals: Let’s support our neighbors by celebrating California’s fourth annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week, October 3-11, 2020. We understand the essential role of water professionals and water providers, and we appreciate the dedication of the scientists, operators, technicians, and other specialists working in the water industry.

California Water Professionals Appreciation Week – the inspiration for our similar initiative in Arizona – was established in 2017 by Senate Concurrent Resolution 80, by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa). Recent labor studies estimate that 60,000 people work in California’s water industry and it needs roughly 6,000 new employees each year due to turnover. The water industry offers a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities in hydrology and hydrogeology, engineering, biology, finance, business administration, law, communications and many more positions in high-demand occupations.

The measure was sponsored by a coalition of water associations led by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), WateReuse California, California Municipal Utilities Association, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, and California Water Association. Under SCR 80, the annually designated week begins on the first Saturday of October and ends on the Sunday of the following weekend.

California celebrates Water Professionals Appreciation Week Oct. 3-11

Show water professionals some love

Our neighbors in California are celebrating their fourth annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week October 3-11, 2020. As water professionals in Arizona, we understand the essential role of the water industry and appreciate the dedication of the highly trained scientists, operators, technicians, and other specialists.

Water Professionals Appreciation Week was established in 2017 by Senate Concurrent Resolution 80, by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa). Recent labor studies estimate that 60,000 people work in California’s water industry and it needs roughly 6,000 new employees each year due to turnover. The water industry offers a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities in hydrology and hydrogeology, engineering, biology, finance, business administration, law, communications and many more positions in high-demand occupations.

The measure was sponsored by a coalition of water associations led by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), WateReuse California, California Municipal Utilities Association, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, and California Water Association. Under SCR 80, the annually designated week begins on the first Saturday of October and ends on the Sunday of the following weekend.

Show your support of California Water Professionals Appreciation Week by posting on social media and tagging #CAWaterWeek.

AMWUA honors those dedicated to delivering an essential service

Check out AMWUA’s blog recognizing water professionals during this Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week.

The April 13, 2020, blog post starts by saying that “Arizona residents certainly know the value of water. Yet it is easy to forget the complex process and the extensive team of people it takes to get safe and secure water to our tap. And the important role all water professionals play has never been more evident than it is now.”

There is no doubt that it takes a very talented, dedicated team of people to ensure operations run smoothly. The ten AMWUA cities employ more than 2,500 water professionals, all of which are critical to the delivery of water to your tap.

Read the full AMWUA blog post here.

AZ Central opinion piece on clean water and COVID-19

Check out the opinion piece published on AZ Central titled “Clean water is critical to stem the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what you can do to help.” In addition to providing four ways to keep Arizona’s water supply clean and plentiful, the article gave Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week the following shout out:

Most of us rarely, if ever, stop to think about the water professionals our lives depend on, but this week is Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week, so we’d like to take a moment to suggest four simple ways we can show our gratitude for the individuals who are working to ensure clean water and sanitation during this crisis and at all other times. 

Read the opinion piece on AZ Central here.

Recognizing Essential Services of Arizona Water Professionals

Arizona Department of Water Resources posted a press release on azwaternews.com acknowledging Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week, April 12-19, 0202.

Like so much else, the COVID-19 virus has caused the cancellation of scheduled Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week events this year. That doesn’t mean we still can’t celebrate the essential services that the State’s water professionals provide.

Read the complete ADWR press release here.

April 13 event cancelled, AZ water professionals celebrate virtual week of recognition

With the postponement of the AZ Water Conference, the April 13 event at the Capitol honoring Arizona water professionals has been cancelled. House Resolution HR2003 is now a House Proclamation, which was read on the House Floor on March 18, 2020. Watch video here.

Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week, April 12-19, 2020, will continue as a virtual event. Be sure to recognize water professionals on social media, and visit our toolkit for other ideas on virtual recognition.

Support for Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week

Thank you to the following boards that officially declared their support of Arizona Water Professionals and House Resolution 2003:

AMWUA: In January 2020, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) Board of Directors unanimously voted to support House Resolution 2003 designating April 12-19, 2020 as Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week to express gratitude and appreciation for the water professionals who contribute to the delivery and management of Arizona’s safe and reliable water supplies.

CAWCD: At its February 2020 meeting, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD) Board of Directors adopted a position of support for HR2003.