Operational reliability of water and wastewater utilities depends on both having sufficient staff in mission-critical jobs and preparing that staff to do the technical work essential for public health and safety. A year-long Water Research Foundation project on the potential benefits of regional collaboration was conducted and called for a regional response in the San Francisco Bay Area. The result was the creation of BAYWORK – established in 2009. BAYWORK is open to all Bay region water and wastewater utilities, many of who have significantly contributed to its research, workshops, and product development activities. To find out more about becoming a member, visit our Become a Member page.
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BAYWORK’s signatories strategically invest resources together to sustain and develop the reliable workforce needed to serve our customer and protect the environment both now and for future generations.
Baywork is a critical part of our succession planning effort. Our staff participates in trainings and learns from other agencies about the latest technologies and tools to help them excel in their work.
Ross Valley Sanitary District has benefited greatly from collaborating with other agencies in the forums facilitated by BAYWORK. It gives our field staff the opportunity to connect with other operation and maintenance workers that are forward-thinking and problem-solving, allowing for networking and sharing experiences. Staff have enjoyed the opportunities to make presentations to their peers, get positive feedback and constructive criticism, and learn from others. RVSD management appreciates BAYWORK’s commitment to excellence, and the cultivation of a strong pool of water and wastewater personnel for the essential infrastructure that protects public health and the environment in the Bay Area.
BAYWORK is a big help to all Bay Area Water and Wastewater organizations. I would highly recommend participating in any way you can to contribute to the continued success of BAYWORK. It is a great organization to volunteer a little time to, in an effort to give back to your present and future water and wastewater treatment operators.
BAYWORK is a wonderful organization that provides utility operators and professionals an opportunity to collaborate and learn from some of the industry’s top experts in the areas of water treatment, distribution, and wastewater.
I am happy that we as water professionals are provided with this terrific opportunity. Lunch, the instructors, literally everything makes me feel very appreciated as a Level 4 Water Resource Recovery Operator.
The knowledgeable instructor’s review materials relative to the wastewater industry helped us with the necessary exam preparation requirements.
I appreciate trainings like this, it reinforces classwork and inspires me to raise my skill level.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, BAYWORK has canceled in-person events until further notice. We will be hosting live-streaming events. Please check this website for updates. For additional resources, the American Water Works Association (awwa.org) is offering FREE COVID-19 webinars and other information. Additionally, you can find webinars and resources at the Water Environment Federation (wef.org) with updates on COVID-19 and water. Be safe everyone.