Building the Capacity of Drinking Water Systems

Learn About Workforce Issues

As in many sectors, the industry is predicting large scale retirements which create challenges for recruitment and succession planning.  Water and wastewater treatment plant operators are vital to protecting public health. They provide clean and safe water to the public.

The Task Force on Workforce Sustainability Final Report (October 2008) (PDF) (27 pp, 256K, About PDF) mentions:

“It’s projected that in the next 10 years, 37 percent of the water utility workers and 31 percent of wastewater utility workers will retire.”

EPA, states and industry organizations are working to promote professional development in the water sector. This will help ensure that there is a pool of qualified water professionals to meet current and future needs. The following are some avenues for recruitment and training in the water sector: