California Establishes Annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week by Emily Allshouse Sep 20, 2017 Water News California’s first-ever Water Professionals Appreciation Week will launch Oct. 7 as part of a new annual designation intended to highlight the important role of water industry professionals and local public water agencies in ensuring safe and reliable water, wastewater, and recycled water in California. As part of the designated week, local urban and agricultural water agencies are encouraged to organize programs and events that educate California water customers, local elected leaders, state and federal legislators, and other key audiences on the value of water and wastewater services and the important role that water professionals play in providing these services. It is also an opportunity to showcase careers in the water industry. Water Professionals Appreciation Week was established by Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 80, approved by the Legislature on Sept. 13 and chaptered on Sept. 19. The resolution, authored by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa), was sponsored by an ACWA-led coalition that includes WateReuse California, California Municipal Utilities Association, California Association of Sanitation Agencies and California Water Association. The California Water Environment Association also is a partner in the effort. Under SCR 80, Water Professionals Appreciation Week begins on the first Saturday of October and ends on the Sunday of the following weekend each year. This timeframe was specifically chosen to allow for two available weekends to host related activities and events. This year’s Water Professionals Appreciation Week runs from Oct. 7-15. ACWA has developed a new toolkit for use by water agencies that wish to participate in Water Professionals Appreciation Week. The new toolkit is available on ACWA’s website here. ACWA members with questions about Water Professionals Appreciation Week or these tools may contact ACWA Communications Specialist Emily Allshouse at (916) 441-4545.