Muscatine Power and Water (MP&W) is joining water professionals, industry groups and citizens across the state in recognizing the vital role of water and wastewater workers during Water and Wastewater Workers of Iowa Week July 17-23. The governor’s proclamation recognizes and honors workers for their everyday commitment to protecting public health and the environment.
“It’s important to acknowledge how critical these men and women are to the quality of drinking water provided to the citizens we serve,” said Sal LoBianco, General Manager. “Whether dealing with the challenges of infrastructure or meeting drinking water standards, MP&W Water employees respond 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week to maintain reliable service and safe drinking water for their neighbors. We’d also like to give a nod of appreciation to the wastewater workers employed by the City of Muscatine, for the work they do.”
The availability of safe and reliable water is often taken for granted and that water and wastewater workers usually don’t get the credit they deserve for providing ready access to water as well as the treatment of wastewater. It is the daily work of dedicated professionals that ensure a sanitary supply and minimize environmental impact in communities across the country.
In the proclamation issued earlier this year, Governor Terry Branstad said, “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.” The governor also noted the workers’ role in preserving surface, ground and recreational waters which enhance and sustain our way of living.
Water and Wastewater Workers of Iowa Week is being promoted by four industry groups, including Iowa Section American Water Works Association (AWWA), Iowa Water Environment Association, Iowa Rural Water Association, and Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU), as well as Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).