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Recognizing the Region’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals

Alexandria Renew Enterprises’ Charlie Logue, COG’s Tanya Spano, WSSC’s Joe Mantua, Water Research Foundation’s Beate Wright, and Maryland Department of the Environment’s Ben Grumbles attend an event at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (COG)

On Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals Day and year-round, it’s important to recognize the fundamental role this part of the workforce plays in protecting public health and the environment in metropolitan Washington. 

These professionals are responsible for operating and maintaining plants with cutting-edge treatment technologies, and for maintaining thousands of miles of underground pipes and other systems across the region.  They work tirelessly to ensure that there is safe, high quality water coming out of our taps across the region; and that high quality treated waters are sent back out to our local rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. These professionals ensure that the plants and systems operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365-days a year under all types of weather conditions; and these professionals are also the first responders to address drinking water and wastewater pipe breaks or other water emergencies. 

The region’s drinking water and wastewater successes are also made possible due to the work of a wide range of individuals that provide laboratory, design, computer services, communication, financial, and other support functions at the more than forty drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities across the region.

To highlight the work of these professionals, COG joined the Virginia General Assembly in celebrating Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals Day on June 30, a date which will be marked annually thanks to House Joint Resolution 88. (View the COG Board’s own Resolution 22-2016 in support of this day.)

“I’m pleased that Virginia is formally recognizing our drinking water and wastewater professionals, and highlighting the very important work that they do every day, year-round to protect our environment and to preserve our quality of life,” said Ruth Anderson, Occoquan District Supervisor for the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and member of COG’s Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee (CBPC). 

“The work done by these drinking water and wastewater professionals directly support not only our local communities, but also all aspects of our local economy; and we are indebted to all of them for their professionalism and dedication,” said Tanya Spano, COG’s Regional Water Quality Management Chief.

The continued high-quality operation of the region’s drinking and wastewater treatment plants, and the ability of these water professionals to be able to accomplish their mission is also due to the region’s water utility leadership, active support of local governments, and the financial investments being made by the public.  As part of that support, COG’s CBPC is also exploring ways to promote the many and varied career paths that are available in the water sector – as these jobs are local, sustainable, and because of the pending retirement of many ‘baby boomers’ in the field, there are many excellent opportunities.  In addition to highlighting current jobs and internships; COG activities may include working with and supporting community college, job training, and related certification programs across the region.

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Release Date: Jun 30, 2016

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