Tag Archives: Diversity & Inclusion

From the President: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workforce Challenges

January 13, 2020

Comments Off on From the President: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workforce Challenges

jarrell_final-e1578412788594 (crop)

Working in the water sector, I am constantly learning and being challenged by the people around me. Ours is a profession that, at its core, requires working with others to find solutions that make sense for the future.  I love the spirit of cooperativeness that you can find so often behind the fence of a […]

Continue reading...

From the President: Keeping Busy During the Holidays

December 20, 2019

Comments Off on From the President: Keeping Busy During the Holidays

jarrell_final

The holiday season is upon us, and while working people around the world take time off to spend with family and friends, many water professionals will still work around-the-clock providing clean water and a safe environment for their communities to enjoy. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), too, is keeping busy by laying the […]

Continue reading...

From the President: Supporting Tomorrow’s Water Professionals

November 18, 2019

Comments Off on From the President: Supporting Tomorrow’s Water Professionals

According to the Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C.), as much as 50% of the current water workforce in the U.S. will retire within the next 35 years. The water sector must take steps today to ensure the next generation of water professionals can seamlessly take the reins, keep critical water resource recovery facilities running, and confront […]

Continue reading...

EPA Announces New Water Workforce Initiative at WEFTEC 2019

October 31, 2019

Comments Off on EPA Announces New Water Workforce Initiative at WEFTEC 2019

During WEFTEC Technical Session No. 200: Water Policy Update, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Dennis Lee Forsgren Jr., unveiled America’s Water Workforce Initiative, which will formulate an action plan to attract and preserve talent in U.S. water utilities. Photo courtesy of Oscar & Associates

At WEFTEC 2019 in Chicago, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Dennis Lee Forsgren Jr., announced a new effort to help American utilities surmount the looming water-sector skills shortage expected in coming years. EPA plans to release a draft of America’s Water Workforce Initiative for public comment by […]

Continue reading...

WEF and AWWA Launch Redesigned Work for Water Website

September 18, 2019

Comments Off on WEF and AWWA Launch Redesigned Work for Water Website

The new Work for Water website, developed by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver, Colo.), offers newcomers to the water industry an array of resources to help streamline the job search process. Click here to visit the site.

To streamline the job-seeking process for newcomers and help spread the word about the benefits of water careers, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver, Colo.) partnered to redevelop and relaunch the Work for Water website earlier this summer. The website features an intuitive map that offers state-specific […]

Continue reading...

SDG Position Statement Affirms WEF’s Support for Working Beyond Borders

August 29, 2019

Comments Off on SDG Position Statement Affirms WEF’s Support for Working Beyond Borders

The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.)  Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a new position statement in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Photo courtesy of the United Nations.

This summer, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new position statement in support of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The move emphasizes WEF’s dedication to partnerships and activities that advance the SDGs and the broader water profession. It also recognizes water professionals’ critical value in achieving […]

Continue reading...

Washington inmates bring drinking water to Ethiopian prisons through one-of-a-kind program

June 17, 2019

Comments Off on Washington inmates bring drinking water to Ethiopian prisons through one-of-a-kind program

Former California plumbing contractor Andy Pierce (right) is the founder of Project 41, an initiative that enlists Washington-state prison inmates to build water filters for use in water-scarce parts of Africa. Photo courtesy of Project 41.

This story begins with a bicycle-powered swimming pool pump in Haiti and ends with 400 inmates in Washington building water filtration systems for Ethiopian prisons. Many dots must be connected to get from one to the other, and they all pass through a California plumbing contractor named Andy Pierce. From aid worker to entrepreneur Pierce’s […]

Continue reading...

Apprentices Are Expected To Fill One-in-Fifty Jobs on UK’s Largest-Ever Water Project

March 28, 2019

Comments Off on Apprentices Are Expected To Fill One-in-Fifty Jobs on UK’s Largest-Ever Water Project

Tideway Featured

Tideway, an independent water company in London, launched a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship program to clean the River Thames and address a pending worker shortage in one fell swoop. “London relies on a 150-year-old sewer system built for a population less than half its current size,” said Hannah Shroot, media relations lead for Tideway. The company is […]

Continue reading...