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Published on Aug 24, 2011
Water and People is a dynamic new high school course partnering students with water industry professionals and their community. Connecticut foresees 40% of their 1,032 registered water operators retiring within the next five years. Water and People introduces students to water distribution, science, and safety, green initiatives and careers within the water industry. At the end of the course students have the opportunity to take the state exam to become a certified water operator.
Water and People, developed by David Kuzminski, Seb Agostino and the Connecticut Section of the American Water Works Association, is the first course of its kind- garnering awards and support from the Environmental Protection Agency. To date, Water and People has certified 11 operators and is currently in its third year.
In the summer of 201, the Water and People course was brought to New Haven,CT partnering with students at Common Ground High School. Local water provider, Regional Water Authority, hosted 10 students for a week long Water Boot Camp. The boot camp highlighted the importance of high quality drinking water and the increasingly acute need for people to maintain and operate water systems.
Funding was provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, Connecticut Department of Public Health and The Connecticut Section of the American Water Works Association.