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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Western honors its essential employees for Water Professionals Appreciation Week

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) is honoring the critical role its employees play in providing safe and reliable water and wastewater (sewer) service as part of California’s fourth annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week, happening statewide Oct. 3 to 11. 

“Now more than ever, we’re proud of the dedicated, highly-trained professionals who are making sure our community has safe drinking water and reliable wastewater service no matter the circumstance,” said Western’s General Manager Craig Miller. “Our team is providing this community with best-in-class customer service around the clock—even during a pandemic.” 

During its Oct. 7 meeting, Westerns’ Board of Directors adopted a resolution commending the major impact water professionals have across California. Collectively, the state’s water and wastewater agencies invest more than $25 billion a year into local water-related programs and projects, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. 

“The service that Western employees provide every day is vital to the future of California, and the nearly one million people who depend on us for their daily water source,” Miller said. “We are able to do that with exceptional service because we hire highly skilled and trained professionals.” 

Our commitment to professional development recently earned Western two workplace honors: the Inland Empire 2019 Top Workplace from The Press-Enterprise—and the Gold Level Workplace Health Achievement Index Recognition from the American Heart Association.

“When our employees are fulfilled and advancing, it reflects in every facet of their work,” Miller said. “We are proud of those distinctions, and even more proud of the top-notch teams who make Western the outstanding water agency it is so that we can best serve our customers and community.” 

To keep up with the many ways Western employees are working to keep our water source safe and reliable every day, follow Western on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram—and search #WesternKeepsItFlowing. 

MORE ABOUT WATER PROFESSIONALS APPRECIATION WEEK

Water Professionals Appreciation Week was established in 2017 by Senate Concurrent Resolution 80, by Senator 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 engineering, biology, finance, business administration, law, communications and many more types of 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.

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Western Municipal Water District is one of the largest public agencies in Riverside County, providing water and wastewater (sewer) services to nearly a million people, both retail and wholesale customers who live, work and play within 527-square miles in one of California’s most populous regions. Learn more: wmwd.com.

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