Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder - Report estimates job growth in water treatment — Most jobs require less than a two-year degree

Written by Charles Hallman, MSR News Staff Writer

Posted on MSR Online. Read original post here.

Water is essential as both a source of energy production as well as a through treatment and distribution. According to a 2011 Green for All report, water shortages in the next five years are predicted in at least 36 U.S. states. And each year 250,000 water mains break in this country due to crumbling water infrastructure, which costs an estimated $2.6 billion dollars annually and wastes almost two trillion gallons of water. 

....Communities and individuals can help by using efficient water appliances, planting gardens to absorb water and installing “rainwater catchment systems,” states Green for All in documentation. Kheprw Institute Executive Director Imhotep Adisa says his group is involved in stormwater management by rehabbing oil barrels to collect rainwater in Indianapolis.

“We work primarily with young people. They meet weekly and learn how to enterprise,” Adisa explains. “The rain barrel project comes out of another initiative that we launched from [a local] grant.” Kheprw also partners with a local “broader organization which potentially creates and grows jobs,” states Adisa.

The Green for All report also predicts that nearly two million jobs are needed in the next five years to manage and preserve water quality across the country, including nearly 6,000 such jobs in Minnesota, many requiring only a high school diploma while other jobs, such as water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators, only require vocational school, related on-the-job training, or a two-year associate degree.

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