Opportunity Knocks For Water Professionals, Understaffed Operations
The graying of our utility workforce has been well documented in recent years. Many have recently or will soon retire, and with them goes a significant amount of industry knowledge. As they leave, some aren’t being replaced with a full-time worker, as municipal budgets are trimmed or funding is shifted toward infrastructure improvements.
That leaves a gaping hole for water talent — or WaterTalent — at suddenly understaffed treatment plants throughout the nation. Peter Brooks, the VP of WaterTalent, sat down with Water Online to discuss how his company is forging a new paradigm in utility and industrial operations staffing in response to labor trends, economic realities, and still in-demand water/wastewater treatment expertise.