Mayor Millican, Public Works Superintendent Smith Attend LA Rural Water Association Annual Conference

Arcadia Mayor O’Landis Millican and Public Works Superintendent Joe Smith attended the Louisiana Rural Water Association’s annual conference in Lafayette this week. 

Mayor Millican said of the conference, “The conference is always a benefit in different ways. It allows us an opportunity to network as well as attend classes so we can receive updates from LDH [Louisiana Department of Health] as well as DEQ [Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality]. It also gives us an opportunity to learn about the new technology that’s offered for municipalities water and sewer systems so we can keep Arcadia systems updated as much as possible.” 

“The conference serves as a opportunity to allow newcomers to become certified operators for water and sewer through Louisiana Department of health and hospitals (it’s mandatory that all water and sewer systems have certified operators) also for people like Joe who is a level 4 operator (which is the highest certification that can be received) to accumulate the necessary hours needed to remain a certified operator.”

“The benefit Arcadia receives from it is the opportunity to stay compliant and up to date with the ever changing laws and rules for water and sewer systems, as well as the opportunity to network. Employees from water systems from all over the state attend this conference from large municipalities such as New Orleans to the very small ones such as Parks La.”

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