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Increasing Awareness of Water Treatment Careers

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Water treatment operators ensure the quality of public drinking water and protect the environment by cleaning wastewater. The United States is currently facing a shortage of water treatment operators. Moreover, ⅓ of current operators are eligible for retirement within the next 10 years. Facing such a serious shortage puts both public health and the environment at risk. For our project, we worked with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to identify the causes of the operator shortage and develop recommendations to increase awareness and recruitment for the water treatment field. To achieve this goal, we conducted 18 interviews with municipal officials and private corporations and collected 206 survey responses from vocational high school and community college students.

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  • E-project-050222-142347
  • 67076
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  • 2022
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UN Sustainable Development Goals
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  • 2022-05-02
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