April 18-24 declared "Wastewater Worker Recognition Week"

Colorado Governor Bill Owens has once again honored the state's wastewater professionals by proclaiming April 18-24 "Wastewater Worker Recognition Week".


ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 19, 2004 -- Colorado Governor Bill Owens has once again honored the state's wastewater professionals by proclaiming April 18-24 "Wastewater Worker Recognition Week".

The proclamation, requested by the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District in Denver, has been signed for the third consecutive year.

"WEF applauds the action of Governor Owens to acknowledge water quality professionals in the state of Colorado," said WEF President Lawrence P. Jaworski. "Access to clean water and safe sanitation are privileges afforded to this country. Without the hard work and dedication of water quality professionals, the impacts on public health would be devastating."

In the proclamation Gov. Owens states that water, a valuable economic, environmental and recreational resource, should be protected and that Colorado's wastewater treatment workers are continuously working to improve the quality of the state's numerous waterways. Those recognized include operators, maintenance personnel, laboratory workers, sewer maintenance workers, biosolids workers, industrial waste pretreatment workers, administrative workers, engineers, and suppliers.

"Recognition of contributions made on a daily basis will not only foster a sense of pride within the water quality community," added WEF Executive Director Bill Bertera. "It will also give the public a greater understanding of how water quality professionals work behind the scenes to provide clean water -- a vital resource that many have come to expect in the United States."

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with members from varied disciplines who work toward the WEF vision of preservation and enhancement of the global water environment. The WEF network includes water quality professionals from 79 Member Associations in over 30 countries.

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