Our Mission is to enhance diversity and strengthen the sustainability of the utility sector by bringing more women into the industry and supporting their career success, especially those working in skilled trades, operations, & maintenance occupations.

We do this by:

  • Raising awareness of water, wastewater, and other utility careers among school aged girls and women
  • Helping connect women to jobs in our sector
  • Supporting the advancement of women currently working in the industry

BAYWORK SPOTLIGHT – WOMEN IN TRADES 

Baywork recognizes women doing outstanding work in their fields.
This months Nominee:

Tyrese Powell-Slotterbeck,

Reclamation Plant Operator II 
To serve, operate and maintain Ralph W. Chapman Water Recycling Facility to provide exceptional reclaim water for the District’s customers in Chula Vista.

Tyrese was nominated by her peers for her commitment to service and passion for women in the trades. Most recently, she joined a women’s panel hosted by Baywork and CWEA, discussing the barriers for women in water. 

She joined the water industry in 2014 and has served as an Operator at Otay Water since September 2018. 

Certifications and Skills: 

CA Wastewater Operator Grade 3, and a 1-year internship 

If you can provide one piece of advice for women entering the field, what would it be? 

“I would advise women to be consistent, flexible, and to never give up. I have days when I think to myself, Why am I’m here? I should give up. This isn’t for me. I’m physically not strong enough for this job. And there were moments I gave up and other moments I excelled. Strength comes in many ways and as women in this industry, we must choose to be strong.” 

What interested you to pursue a career in the field? 

“At first, I was reluctant to start a career in the field. Once I gave it a try, I realized that there’s more to operations. My father is also a wastewater operator and he encouraged me to become one. With time I recognized that operations is where I wanted to be.”


Our committee is passionate about our mission and meets monthly to work on initiatives that support, recognize, and create more interest for women in our field.  If you are interested in learning more about the Baywork – Women and Trades Committee and want to join in on the excitement, email [email protected].


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