Streamline - Spring 2014 - (Page 8)

FromTheExecutiveDirector BY MYRICA W. KEISER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Recognizing Water and Wastewater Professionals INVEST, PROMOTE, PREPARE 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. 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 8 STREAMLINE * Spring 2014 expertise in the industry, therefore these "systems operations specialists" need to be recognized for their background and the positions they hold in our communities. 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
Faces
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
Establishing a Water Distribution System Flushing Program
Wastewater Math
Curtis Water Wins Big in D.C.
Throwing My Loop: Friends to Keep You Warm
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
Welcome New Members
Training Calendar
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com

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