Helix Water District’s Board of Directors adopted a resolution yesterday proclaiming the week of October 3-11, 2020, as Water Professionals Appreciation Week, highlighting the essential role of water agency professionals.

Now more than ever, we appreciate the dedication of our highly trained staff who are making sure our community has safe and reliable drinking water.

“I am proud of my fellow board members, and of Helix’s management team and staff, for maintaining the safety and quality of the water we provide, and the 24/7 service we all depend on,” said Helix Water District’s Board President Mark Gracyk.

Water Professionals Appreciation Week was established in 2017 by Senate Concurrent Resolution 80, by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa). The measure was sponsored by a coalition of water associations led by the Association of California Water Agencies, WateReuse California, California Municipal Utilities Association, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, and California Water Association. Under SCR 80, the annually designated week begins on the first Saturday of October and ends on the Sunday of the following weekend.

Recent labor studies estimate that 60,000 people work in California’s water industry and it needs roughly 6,000 new employees each year due to turnover. The water industry offers a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities in construction, engineering, biology, finance, business administration, law, communications and many more types of positions in high-demand occupations.