Our Water Resources Committee Volunteers at Katy ISD’s STEAM night

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In mid July, the WHA Water Resource’s committee held the Water Workforce Forum, a panel discussion about the urgent need for more operators and engineers in the industry. Out of that forum came the timely discussion on internship and apprenticeship programs in our region. A number of members joined that meeting, including Katy ISD and from that day came the idea the WHA would help find volunteers to attend the Katy ISD STEAM night. The volunteers we asked were the Save Water Texas Coalition and City of Houston’s Public Works Department to help educate on and emphasize the importance of the water quality industry and exactly what it entails.

The Save Water Texas Coalition (SWTC) is made up of cities, water agencies, water professionals, community leaders, and educators who are dedicated to raising public awareness about the critical need for water conservation and water reuse measures in order to assure sustainability of our finite groundwater and surface water resources.

In order to fulfill its mission, the Coalition communicates through all available venues – electronic, print, internet, and social media – to reach residents of all ages and economic status throughout Harris, Montgomery, and Fort Bend Counties. SWTC is collecting a broad base of water efficiency information, links, interviews, videos, and expert resources for its comprehensive website – www.SaveWaterTexas.org.

Save Water Texas Coalition

Made up of cities, water agencies, water professionals, community leaders, and educators who are dedicated to raising public awareness about the critical need for water conservation and water reuse measures in order to assure sustainability of our finite groundwater and surface water resources.

Houston Public Works  is responsible for overseeing the Department’s services to Houston citizens through the planning, operation, maintenance, construction management and technical engineering of the City’s public infrastructure. The Department’s responsibilities include operation and maintenance of the City’s streets and drainage, production and distribution of water, collection and treatment of wastewater, and permitting and regulation of public and private construction. The Department is staffed with a trained work force of approximately 3,900 employees and operates with an annual budget of approximately $1.8 billion.

Houston Public Works

Houston Public Works provides many of the basic services that affect the daily lives of everyone who lives and works in Houston. Primarily, the department is responsible for all the things we take for granted on a daily basis: the administration, planning, maintenance, construction management and technical engineering of the City’s infrastructure.