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Water and Wastewater Professionals Workforce Week

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Water and Wastewater Professionals Workforce Week

Join us as we spotlight the essential water and wastewater professionals who provide water services to Michigan residents.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued a proclamation declaring Dec. 12-18, 2022 as Water and Wastewater Professionals Workforce Week honoring the dedication of the state's highly trained operators, technicians, administrative professionals, and all other specialists who are work to ensure Michigan communities has safe and reliable drinking water and that rivers and lakes are both fishable and swimmable.

Michigan has thousands of certified operators and other water professionals who work behind the scenes to keep the tap flowing and toilets flushing. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, has projected that 8.2 percent of existing water operators will need to be replaced annually between 2016 and 2026.

Michigan's water industry is essential to the health and success of our state, and offers a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities in the fields of Engineering, Biology, Finance, Chemistry, Business Administration, Communications, Trade Skills, and many other high-demand occupations.

Upcoming webinars

A PFAS home sampling kit set out on a kitchen counter next to a sink

Drinking water sampling procedures & sampling plans: Getting it correct the first time!

December 12, 1 - 2PM

This training will focus on sampling procedures and plans. It will discuss tools to help with compliance sampling for several required sampling parameters in the Safe Drinking Water Act (Ex. Bacti, VOC’s, etc…). The training will incorporate sampling tips, chain of custody items and completing sampling forms.

This webinar is approved for 0.1 CEC in the Technical category for drinking water operators.

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MiEHDWIS Training for Operators

December 13, 10 - 11AM

This training will focus on introducing operators to MiEHDWIS which is a new web-based application used by DWEHD programs, including both community and noncommunity water supplies.  It will discuss electronic submissions of reports and other documents and walk you through all the components of the new system.

This webinar is approved for 0.1 CEC in the Technical category for drinking water operators.

Two EGLE Onsite Wastewater Management staff at the Ingham County Health Department

Bringing the "Future" Water Workforce into Your Community

December 14, 10 -11AM

Join us for a panel discussion on the ways we can increase the number of new operators into the workforce and inspire the next generation of water professionals.  The content will include EGLE speakers, water operators, and leaders from water and wastewater technology programs in the State of Michigan.

This webinar is approved for 0.1 CEC in the Other category for drinking water and wastewater operators.

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Increasing resiliency: Cybersecurity best practices

December 15, 10 - 11AM

Discover best practices for water operators regarding cybersecurity.  It will cover common threats and scams, good password hygiene practices, phishing emails tips and safe practices for connectivity. Recent events in municipal systems will be discussed.  

This webinar is approved for 0.1 CEC in the Other category for drinking water and wastewater operators.

Protecting Distribution System Water Quality

Just because high quality water is produced at the treatment facility doesn’t mean that the job is done.

Maintaining water quality throughout the entire distribution system is also essential.

Video produced by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP). For more information, visit RCAP.org

Protecting Distribution System Water Quality Video
Drinking Water EnviroScape® Demonstration Video

Drinking Water EnviroScape® Demonstration

As part of the EGLE Environmental Education Resource Lending Station, this model provides users a hands-on, interactive way to demonstrate how water makes its way from surface water and ground water to the water treatment plant and ultimately to their home.

Want to borrow this model for your classroom?

Contact us at EGLE-Classroom@Michigan.gov

Fun facts about Michigan's water and wastewater workforce!

There are over 4,439 certified Drinking Water Operators in the state of Michigan!

There are over 1,700 municipal Wastewater Operators and over 1,600 industrial Wastewater Operators in the state of Michigan!

There are over 15,000 Industrial and Construction/Soil Erosion Storm Water Operators in the state of Michigan!

There are 398 wastewater treatment plants spread throughout the state of Michigan!

Almost 75% of Michigan's public water supply customers are served by a surface water supply; the remaining 25% are served by a groundwater supply.

Great Lakes Water Authority is the largest single-site Wastewater Treatment Plant in all of North America. It serves approximately 2.8 million people over Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties.

An EGLE staff member standing on a landing at a wastewater treatment plant conducting sampling on a sunny autumn day
An EGLE staff member standing on a landing at a wastewater treatment plant conducting sampling on a sunny autumn day

Curious about careers in water and wastewater?

No matter your skills or interests, there is a career for you in water. It takes a variety of positions to help ensure Michiganders have clean water, and there is a substantial and immediate demand for workers in these fields. Careers in water operations are stable and offer competitive salaries and opportunities for growth.


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Toilet Trouble & Waste Water at Earth Day 2018 Video

Toilet Trouble & Waste Water at Earth Day 2018

Clarence and Jonathan teach kids the important lesson of where their poop goes.

It's not as simple as you'd think to manage our waste. Get a brief overview of the process in this video!