The proclamation that was signed by the Governor read:
The State of Iowa’s surface and ground waters are a treasured natural resource; and
The water and wastewater workforce of Iowa have dedicated themselves to applying environmental science to enhance drinking and recreational waters of Iowa; and
Their applied environmental science-based practices continue to be a vital element in improving the quality of life and preserving and protecting public health in our state, and promoting sustainability in our way of living.
All Des Moines Water Works employees provide an important service to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Recognizing a shortage of skilled workers in the industry, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has created a new associate’s degree in Water Environment Technology to encourage Iowans to get the education and resources needed to become a part of water and wastewater management in the state.