In Northwest Arkansas, Bentonville has become one of the most attractive places in America to live. With its rapidly increasing population, it is just as well that those who run the City’s Water Resource Recovery Facility are extremely diligent, and a proven group of forward thinkers.
Could the cure we’re looking for be in in our own backyard?
By Divyam Goel, Undergraduate Student at the University of Utah
The COVID-19 pandemic has rattled developed and developing societies alike, across the globe, bringing to attention the powerful impact a microscopic organism can have should it be able to roam unchecked. It serves as inspiration to carefully evaluate, with a discerning and skeptical eye, whether humanity is truly in control of the microbial world, and whether our actions can exacerbate an already prolific problem.
Professional Organizations Working with Utilities to Offer Work Force Development Options
By Julie Nahrgang, Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) Executive Director
and Kristin O’Neill, WEAT Secretary and Senior Project Manager at Stantec
While the coronavirus pandemic has left approximately 1 in 5 Americans without jobs, utility operations carry on uninterrupted to support our communities and health care providers. However, water workers are in short supply, especially at public utilities. A wave of retirements, often referred to as the Grey Tsunami, is anticipated over the next several decades, leading to a large void in skilled workers for utilities. With so many Americans available for work, what can we do as water industry ambassadors to entice workers from other industries and those entering the workforce to consider a career in utility operations?