Rancho Water celebrates employees during California’s Water Professionals Appreciation Week


TEMECULA – As part of California’s fifth annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week, Rancho California Water District will showcase the essential role of water professionals in providing water and wastewater services to Temecula, Murrieta and the surrounding areas.

As part of a statewide effort to recognize the water industry’s essential workers, the annually designated week begins on the first Saturday of October and ends on the Sunday of the following weekend. During this time, and in the days following, the District will celebrate its employees by highlighting careers in water, introducing some of its water professionals and hosting a public event at the Santa Rosa Water Reclamation Facility in Murrieta.

The public is invited to attend the free event at the SRWRF Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 8 a.m. to commemorate the completion of a three-year construction project that extends the useful life of the facility and provides significant enhancements to energy and operating efficiency. The event will highlight the many key staff and elected officials that played an integral part in the completion of the project. In addition, guided walking tours will educate about the many different career paths available at a wastewater facility. The public is requested to RSVP at RanchoWater.com/SRWRFevent.

“Now more than ever, amidst a statewide drought and an ongoing pandemic, Rancho Water is proud to recognize and applaud the important role our essential workers play in making sure our communities have safe and reliable water,” Carol Lee Gonzales-Brady, Rancho Water Board President, said. “We appreciate the dedication of our highly trained operators, technicians, water specialists and office staff who truly have the community’s best interest at heart and are an outstanding team of employees.”

Water Professionals Appreciation Week was established in 2017 by Senate Concurrent Resolution 80, by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa). 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 engineering, biology, finance, business administration, law, communications and many more types of positions in high-demand occupations.

To arrange a media interview with a Rancho Water professional, or for visuals of district facilities or operations, please contact Kimy Wall, Public Information Officer at wallk@ranchowater.com.

Submitted by Rancho California Water District.