District 1 Trustee Report
A new year
and new goals! Another year of water professionals retiring and knowledge and
experience leaving the drinking water industry!
How do we rebound from this? We rebound from this through youth and our
young professionals outreach about the drinking water industry. How do we reach
our youth and young professionals? By educating our
elementary, secondary and college students on the importance of water through
literature, in school presentations, and science fairs.
In an effort
to educate our youth and young professionals on the essential functions and
importance of our most precious resource, drinking water, the City of Rockford
Water Quality employees visited a local elementary school in an effort to
increase community support and awareness. On December 18, 2013, Nadine Miller
(Water Quality Supervisor) and Larry Pierce (Water Quality Technician) took
advantage of an opportunity to introduce 5th and 6th
grader students at St. Edwards Elementary School to water. They presented
groundwater theory and the groundwater model which follows water from the
aquifer (production) through the water system (distribution) to the customer’s
tap (customer service). The event was well received and the City of Rockford
personnel look forward to future community outreach opportunities.
Local Science Students
Learn about Groundwater, December 18, 2013
and young professionals are our future! We should continue to educate within
our schools as a return investment in the drinking water industry. They could be our future water operators,
water inspectors, water quality technicians, distribution maintenance workers,
water engineers, production supervisors or water superintendents. There will always be an ongoing need to
deliver a reliable supply of safe and high quality water to our communities!
Investing in our youth and young professionals is a wise thing to do.