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.