Dear Members, Friends, and Colleagues:
This year to
date, and especially the last few months, have brought significant
challenges for us to face. The recent tragic death of George Floyd and
the subsequent outpouring of reactions have elevated difficult issues to
our daily conversations.
New Jersey, like
many other states, is an incredibly diverse place, and we at the AWWA
New Jersey Section have always been proud that we represent unique
communities filled with people of all colors, races, religions, sexual
orientations, ethnicities, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds.
We believe that our Section, our water community, should be a place
where all people feel included and welcome. We believe our differences
make us stronger. We also believe that what’s happening right now is not a political issue or a racial issue – but a human issue.
The AWWA New
Jersey Section echoes the sentiments expressed recently by the Minnesota
Section and all of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), that
“…We realize this is a significant event in Minnesota, throughout North
America and beyond, and this injustice affects us all deeply. AWWA is
committed to public health, safety and welfare, and these core
principles extend beyond just drinking water and to the health and
wellbeing of the communities we serve. We know many of our members are
tired and anxious in this time of compounded crisis, and we offer our
support and compassion to you. AWWA is committed to engaging our
workforce to promote principles of diversity and inclusion to better
reflect the communities we serve. We welcome your thoughts on what we
can do together to help heal division and work toward a more just
society, in the water profession and in our communities.”
If you would like to reach out to us, we are here. Be well, be safe, be kind to one another.
Alexandra F. Wells, AWWA NJ Section Chair
Nicole E. Brown, AWWA NJ Membership Services Chair