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RESCHEDULED to APRIL 5: Create a Pipeline of Talent to Your Utility with WSU’s Work in Water Program

Wednesday, December 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
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By: WSU Environmental Finance Center


Wondering who will fill the shoes of your utility staff when they retire or move on to other jobs? If so, you are not alone. Water utilities across the U.S. report that there is an inadequate pool of interested and qualified employees to meet present and future replacement needs for operators and other utility staff.

This water workforce gap is not only a headache for managers, but a public safety concern. The Work in Water career development program was designed as a bridge for younger workers to explore water and wastewater careers, and for utilities to find their next generation of talent.

After two years of successful piloting at seven utilities with more than 200 high school students, now utilities have the opportunity to adopt WSU Environmental Finance Center’s successful water career exploration program in their own community.

Attend the free Work in Water Training Session on April 5 in Columbia, where facilitators will lead you step-by-step through the lessons and activities that teach students about where their water comes from, how their water is treated for drinking, and what happens to wastewater. This training will inspire attendees to think about how to adapt the Work in Water methodology for their own utility or community.

The training will also provide best practices for engaging schools, working with high school students, hosting internships and leading field trips through the treatment plants. Utilities that participate are eligible for mini-grants to cover transportation and internship costs for their first Work in Water project.


Go beyond your standard recruiting methods. Adapt the Work in Water program to fit your utility’s education and workforce needs today! Learn more about Work in Water and register for the training session 

The Work in Water program was created by Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center in collaboration and partnership with steering committee members from Kansas Municipal Utilities (KMU), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), City of El Dorado, City of Garden City, and City of Wichita.  Funding was provided through and Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education grant.

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