Engaging the Next Generation in California Water

Attracting and engaging the next generation of water professionals and leaders has emerged as a key priority for California water agencies.

To address this challenge, ACWA is developing a suite of tools and opportunities to help develop young professionals and introduce and engage the next generation of water leaders.

The first tool is a short video that illuminates the challenge presented by an  imminent wave of looming retirements and some of the innovative agencies responding to the issue.

“The New Wave,” a short film produced by award-winning strategic communications firm CV Strategies in partnership with ACWA, premiered Dec. 1 at the ACWA 2016 Fall Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim. The film showcases next-generation success stories from Northern California, to the Central Valley and to Southern California, painting a geographically diverse picture to fully depict the evolution of one of California’s most essential industries.

This topic was front and center at a Statewide Issue Forum at ACWA's 2016 Fall Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim.

Why it Matters? Generational Diversity & the Changing Workplace

Preparing for the next generation in your workforce is not a question of if, but when. Millennials are the largest generation to enter the workforce in decades and will shape the future of the workplace in our industry. Come learn what generational diversity can bring to your agency and why it’s important to engage now!

This program will also feature a special video presentation produced by CV Strategies in partnership with ACWA.


Kevin Wheeler, President/Founder, Future of Talent Institute


  • Martin Zvirbulis, General Manager/CEO, Cucamonga Valley Water District
  • Joone Lopez, General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District  
  • Salam Baqlah, Program Manager, Santa Clara Valley Water District