Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2011 - (Page 34)

The Next Workforce The water and wastewater industry is changing and that change will accelerate in the next five years due to the large number of baby boomer retirements. There are 76.4 million personnel who are labeled “baby boomers” and the leading edge turn 65 this year. The stock market and its impact on retirement funds will certainly play a big role as to when retirements will actually take place; however, stopping the aging process is not an option and the result will ultimately be a shortage of qualified personnel to fill vacant positions. The impact of this will be higher salaries as larger systems compete for qualified personnel. This competition will also transcend state boundaries that are normally associated with our industry. Fueling this competition is the reality that systems are more complex due to the advancement of treatment and technologies, complex regulatory requirements and consolidation of utilities resulting in larger and more political divisions. This is documented by EPA’s inventory of community water supplies. In the year 2000, the inventory consisted of 54,064 compared to 2009 inventory of 51,651, a reduction of 2,413 community water supplies. As systems become larger and more complex, the management function plays a more crucial role, requiring personnel who fill the management role to be more versed in personnel matters, finances, marketing and public relations as well as governance and politics. State rural water associations have developed the Water University and the Utility Management Certification (UMC) to document these management skills and experience. As the shortage of qualified personnel takes place, the UMC designation will provide that extra boost to stand out above the rest. We commend the successful graduates listed on page 35 of this publication. They have gone above and beyond to lead our industry into the future. Contact your state association or visit for more information. 34 • Second Quarter 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2011

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2011
From the President
Reducing Energy Costs for Public Water Systems
Are You There Yet? Evaluating Your Portfolio
Where the Dollars Are: The Low Hanging Fruit in Money and Energy Savings
Information Technology and Water Systems
Stormwater Solution
The Next Workforce
Water University Graduates
The Voice of Rural Water: Rural Water Rally 2011
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2011