On March 30, the EPA designated water professionals — like water and wastewater treatment operators, and water utility managers — as essential workers. This might seem obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it solidifies the importance of safe, clean water and those who work in that field.
From the EPA news release:
Ensuring that all Americans have clean and safe water is a high priority for the agency and I want to thank the water sector for their courageous efforts at a time when workforces are being challenged and stretched,” said Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Having fully operational drinking water and wastewater services is critical to containing COVID-19 and protecting Americans from other public health risks. Our nation’s water and wastewater employees are everyday heroes who are on the frontline of protecting human health and the environment every single day.