Indiana tops in U.S. in jobs tied to water industry

FILE - General Motors Orion Assembly Plant's wastewater treatment facilities are shown in this Nov. 29, 2005 file photo. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FILE - General Motors Orion Assembly Plant's wastewater treatment facilities are shown in this Nov. 29, 2005 file photo. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Purdue University professor says a new report that ranks Indiana with the nation’s highest percentage of jobs tied to the water industry shows how valuable the state’s water resources are to its economy.

The analysis released Thursday found that more than 562,000 jobs in Indiana, or 23.3 percent of the state’s total employment, are with industries that develop freshwater technology and services or are highly dependent on plentiful and clean water, such as big manufacturers.

The report was prepared by the Anderson Economic Group for three public universities in Michigan.

Purdue professor of agronomy Ron Turco calls the report “a wake-up call for Indiana” because it shows how important it is to protect the state’s water resources due to the number of Hoosier jobs tied to water.

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