Feb 06, 2017

Sound Off

At W&WD we are all about giving the readers what they want. So I want you to sound off on what you would like to see in these pages, or on wwdmag.com. More trend pieces? Washington updates? Technical articles? We’d like to know which types of content you prefer to see in these print pages—and online. Sound off via email, or any of our social media channels.

Speaking of diving deep into the industry, W&WD will be at the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show (WWETT), happening Feb. 22 to 25 in Indianapolis. WWETT is the world’s largest annual trade show for environmental service professionals. The event offers an educational program, networking opportunities and an extensive expo floor.

Education is a key aspect of the show: Attendees can choose from a collection of more than 110 sessions that cover a variety of water and wastewater topics.

Sessions are led by top industry experts and professionals from leading associations, businesses and manufacturers. Many sessions count toward fulfilling required continuing educational units and professional development hours.

If you’re at the show, be sure to stop at W&WD’s Booth #L2 to say hi, as well as continue our “sound off” conversation. I’m eager to discuss with readers their thoughts on everything from industry trends to the changes in Washington.

Help us become more informed on how to better inform you.

Last request: We want you to send us your best young professional nominations between now and March 13. With at least 70 million baby boomers expected to retire before 2030, according to the Social Security Administration, a significant portion of the water and wastewater workforce will exit the field in the next decade, depleting the pool of experienced professionals. According to the latest W&WD State of the Industry survey, the average age of W&WD subscribers is 56. Advanced technologies and more complex regulatory environments demand a more skilled workforce. The retirement of experienced mentors who can train new personnel further complicates the problem.

Nominate at wwdmag.com/young-professionals-nomination. We’ll feature the winners in our May issue and online.

About the author

Elisabeth Lisican | Editor-in-Chief | [email protected]