Celebrating the Dedication of Arizona Water Professionals
By AMWUA Staff
Our current way of living relies heavily upon the availability and reliability of clean water. The reality is that without water, we cannot survive, much less thrive. And ensuring we have access to safe and secure water every day takes an extensive team of people. The vital role water professionals play has never been more evident than it has over this past year when our health and safety were reliant on access to water and dependable wastewater services.
To ensure water operations run smoothly, it requires an educated and well-trained diverse workforce. The ten AMWUA cities employ more than 2,500 water professionals, all of whom play a critical role in delivering water to your tap. These professionals include the operators of water and wastewater treatment systems and the technicians who maintain and repair the thousands of miles of water lines daily. Running a water utility also requires engineers, hydrologists, biologists, and experts on water policy, economics, business administration, law, environmental sciences, conservation, and communications. This diverse group collaborates and coordinates to ensure water is delivered into homes, businesses, schools, and health facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We are grateful for their dedication every day of the year because, without the team of water experts, the reliability and safety of our water would not exist. That is why AMWUA is pleased to participate in the third annual Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week - a virtual event from April 5-11. This recognition week was initiated to acknowledge water professionals’ role in clean and sustainable water supplies, draw attention to career opportunities in the water industry, and increase awareness of Arizona’s unique water resources. This is an important effort to show appreciation to all the staff members dedicated to delivering water.
So we give extra thanks to these essential water workers this week as we salute the service they provide and recognize the efforts of all the men and women of water, their commitment, passion, and dedication. We hope you will do the same!
A proclamation honoring the State’s water professionals was read on the Arizona Legislature Senate Floor by Sen. Rosanna Gabaldon (D-Sahuarita) and presented by State Rep. Andres Cano (D-Tucson) to House Members last week. To kick-off this recognition week, water professionals from across Arizona took part in a virtual reading of the proclamation. The video, produced by CAP, is available HERE.
The official press release from ADWR on Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week can be found HERE.
For over 50 years, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association has worked to protect our member cities’ ability to provide assured, safe, and sustainable water supplies to their communities. For more information, visit www.amwua.org.
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