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EGLE to host webinars next week as part of Water and Wastewater Professionals Workforce Week

Next week is dedicated to honoring the water and wastewater professionals who work to ensure Michigan communities have safe and reliable drinking water and rivers and lakes that are both fishable and swimmable.

Governor Whitmer issued a proclamation declaring December 12 to 18 as Water and Wastewater Professionals Workforce Week and EGLE is joining in highlighting the essential role of water and wastewater professionals in providing water services to all Michigan residents.

Drinking water construction by the Lansing Board of Water and Light.

Drinking water construction by the Lansing Board of Water and Light.


The department will host four webinars geared toward water and wastewater professionals. The content will include EGLE speakers, water operators, and leaders from water and wastewater technology programs in the state of Michigan.

EGLE kicks off the webinar series on Monday, Dec. 12, with a webinar to discuss tools to help with compliance sampling for several required drinking water parameters (volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bacteriological, etc.). Head over to the Michigan Water and Wastewater Professionals Week web page to learn how to participate in four free webinars that are scheduled throughout the week. Operators can receive up to 0.4 water or 0.2 wastewater Continuing Education Credits by attending these live webinar events.

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

“This week is a great time to highlight those professionals who work in the water and wastewater industry in Michigan. They provide vital services to ensure Michiganders have safe and reliable water supplies and help to protect Michigan’s natural resources.” said Eric Oswald, director of the Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division at EGLE.