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Report: Calif. short on key state water workers

Posted: May 16, 2013 8:00 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2013 8:00 p.m.
 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is losing key employees at the Department of Water Resources because it can't pay afford to pay them enough.

Water officials tell the Sacramento Bee that state pay for some jobs has fallen so far behind the industry's standard that trained workers are jumping ship for private utilities and other government entities.

The newspaper says the problem costs taxpayers extra tens of millions of dollars each year to move water around the state because facilities aren't managed efficiently.

The vacancy rate among 670 hydroelectric plant trades and crafts positions has run between 10 percent and 15 percent for the last two years. Currently 90 of those key positions aren't filled.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and government entities such as the federal Bureau of Reclamation routinely poach newly trained Water Resources employees.

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