Water Authority, Otay Advance Bill to Help Vets
The Water Authority and the Otay Water District joined with state legislators to advance legislation that would help California’s water and wastewater agencies replace a wave of retiring Baby Boomers with military veterans. Assembly Bill 1588, authored by San Diego Assemblymember Todd Gloria and Assemblymember Adam Gray from the Central Valley, would provide a path for veterans transitioning to civilian employment to receive credit for their military experience and education toward certifications in the water industry. AB 1588 passed the Assembly with a 78-0 vote in May and moved on to the Senate.
“The goal is to help veterans transitioning into civilian occupations, especially in the water and wastewater industry. At a time when the water industry is facing a ‘silver tsunami’ – with thousands of workers expected to retire in coming years – veterans are returning to the civilian workforce with skills to benefit the industry and fill those jobs.”