Streamline - Spring 2014 - (Page 8)
BY MYRICA W. KEISER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Recognizing Water and
INVEST, PROMOTE, PREPARE
It is our
around us will
look ahead and
value of their
we head into
the future of
and gain. Just what do these words mean?
In August 2012, National Rural Water
Association (NRWA), along with its 50 state rural
water associations, banded together to launch a
nationwide professional recognition initiative.
This initiative goal was to promote the value of
professional careers in the water and wastewater
industry and advance the quality of those careers.
It has been said that though the quality of the
American water industry has advanced, it is often
taken for granted. How many of us never think of
the quality of water at the tap? They just expect
it to be clean and safe.
System personnel who operate water and
wastewater systems are individuals who go
unnoticed. They have tremendous responsibilities, including water quality testing, regulatory
compliance and handling of dangerous chemicals.
Yet regardless of the heavy responsibilities and
liabilities, these professionals go unrecognized.
So arrives the need to improve the recognition of these positions in the water and wastewater industry by first making a terminology
change. The change we are making will be from
"operator" to "system operations specialists." It is
known that titles project the skills, knowledge and
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expertise in the industry, therefore these "systems
operations specialists" need to be recognized for
their background and the positions they hold in
Why bother to make the terminology change?
Will there be more pay by having the new title?
Changing the title does not change the individual, but what it does is enhance the individual's
knowledge, skills and expertise. While it may not
provide additional pay, it does have a different
atmosphere when given the new title. It gives
pride and sets new standards.
It is our hope that the industry around us will
look ahead and support the value of their personnel as we head into the future of the impending
workforce shortage expected from increasing
number of retirements. It is also our hope that
municipalities around the Commonwealth will
see the need of encouragement and recognition
of their personnel. End result will be that the
individual will take more pride in their vested
career. They will be encouraged to promote the
industry and the profession as they prepare for
the future. And lastly, they will be able to gain
the much recognition they deserve.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2014
From the President
From the Executive Director
The Importance of an Immediate Response
What’s New in UV?
Proper Disposal of Pharmacy Products
Source Water Protection Notes
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
Establishing a Water Distribution System Flushing Program
Curtis Water Wins Big in D.C.
Throwing My Loop: Friends to Keep You Warm
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
Welcome New Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Spring 2014