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MWA Water Professionals Appreciation Day

May 4, 2020 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.


The Macon Water Authority (MWA) celebrated Water Professionals Appreciation Day on Wednesday, May 6, to recognize the outstanding service and dedication of its 200-plus employees, who are continuing to “keep the water running” during the current pandemic.

Water Professionals Appreciation Day is a designated statewide day of recognition. This marks the sixth year the MWA has recognized its workforce on this occasion, although this year it’s additionally important to do so, says MWA President and Executive Director Tony Rojas, with many Authority employees going above and beyond the call of duty to keep water and sewer services operational at a time of national crisis.

“We want to recognize the contributions made by our local water professionals and thank them for their service, especially during this current pandemic,” says Rojas.

Water Professionals Appreciation Day was established to fall within the water industry’s National Drinking Water Week, which is recognized each year during the first full week in May. This year’s Drinking Water Week theme, appropriately, is: “There when you need it.”

On Wednesday, May 6, the MWA provided lunch for more than 100 employees who are working in the field during the pandemic, saying thanks to them and another 100 or so employees working from home, for their service to the community and to the industry.

The Georgia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 119 in 2014, designating the first Water Professionals Appreciation Day statewide the following year. Water Professionals Appreciation Day in Georgia honors the thousands of professionals across the state who work tirelessly to ensure that our tap water is safe and that our water resources are protected and properly managed, says Pam Burnett, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP).

“We estimate that at least 10,000 people in Georgia are involved in the water industry,” says Burnett. “In many communities, the public water system is one of the largest employers and the backbone of the local economy. Water professionals provide critical services that are most often taken for granted but are essential to virtually everything we do.”

Since 1988, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and its members, such as the MWA, have used National Drinking Water Week as a time to celebrate the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

Chris Wood, Ph.D.
P: 770-757-1681
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Lisa Golphin, MWA Sr. Executive of Strategic Planning
P: 478-464-5623 or 478-227-1981

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