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July 16-19, 2018
Lake Charles Civic Center (Lake Charles, LA)

Our most popular event of the year. Vendor exhibits, technical sessions and presentations. Click below for info on attendee registration, conference schedules, hotel discounts and more.

Looking for training, operator qualifications and other services? Click below to find out how you an stay trained with the LRWA on water, wastewater and more.

About the LRWA

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Louisiana Rural Water Association (LRWA) is governed by a membership elected board of directors. LRWA is a non-profit organization established in 1978 to assist small water and wastewater systems through training, on-site technical assistance, and state operator certification. Our assistance is geared toward the operation and maintenance of water and wastewater systems and to assist them in understanding the rules and regulations of said operation. LRWA has been the driving force providing water and wastewater training and technical assistance to small towns and rural areas of all sixty-four parishes of Louisiana.

In short, LRWA has a proven track record of providing the highest quality training, technical assistance and information products and services necessary for promoting public health and environmental protection. The professional staff of LRWA is skilled in all areas of water and wastewater operations and management. The goals of LRWA, through the Safe Drinking Water Program, is to protect the public’s health by ensuring the provision of safe drinking water and compliance with federal and state rules, regulations, and standards as we have in years past.

Technical assistance is a key ingredient in LRWA’s effort to improve the quality of utility services in rural Louisiana and America. More than 2,700 water and wastewater systems benefit from this assistance each year. Our dedicated group of professional technical assistance providers makes over 7,700 on-site visits annually. They assist systems with their efforts to comply with complex regulations and to protect the public’s health. LRWA provides assistance by telephone, on-site technical assistance, and classroom instruction training. We have various programs in place with qualified field technicians per program.  By simply calling the office at 1-800-256-2591 or 337-738-2896 you will be provided with the necessary information or your message will be relayed to the proper field technician, followed by a telephone call and/or an on-site visit.

Our mission is to provide water and wastewater utility members with the highest quality of leadership, representation and support services.


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Membership Services

Provide membership to water and/or wastewater systems, small municipalities, individual and vendors associated with the water and/or wastewater industry.
Expeditious on-site technical assistance for all types of water and/or wastewater systems.
Free listing of Associate & Active members (mailed once per year in an annual directory or upon request.)
Operator certification training, applications, and information.
Free energy conservation assistance upon request.
Free Statewide training sessions on related topics for water and/or wastewater systems.
Various training manuals for purchase.
Re-certification credit hours available through LRWA training sessions.
Annual technical/training conference.
Operator certification training at the Wayne Fontenot Training Center in Kinder and various locations in the state.
Informing members of federal and state issues.
Quarterly magazine with advertisement and articles related to the water and wastewater industry (free classified ads – help wanted or equipment for sale, which is also posted on our website.
Equipment available along with technical assistance.
Voting rights in association affairs for active members.
Free access to equipment.
Free mail-outs regarding upcoming training sessions, conference, other important information, etc.
Discount fees for members (advertising, conference, certification classes.)
Free subscription to the Quarterly magazine.
Informative new website:

“…We were not charged anything for that service. This association is a great asset to the small rural water system because we cannot afford to hire someone to help with problems that come up. We know we can always turn to the Rural Water Association for help.”

“…We highly recommend to any system that is exploring a rate increase to ask for assistance from Louisiana Rural Water Association. With your assistance you not only get the rate analysis, but you get the experience and dedication of highly trained personnel to help board members navigate the negotiation process.”

“…We are grateful for your assistance and savings you provided the Village of Loreauville by conducting the smoke testing at no cost to the Village…”

Training and Operator Info
Training Presenter Opportunities

LRWA offers monthly training classes free of charge to personnel of water and wastewater utilities across Louisiana.  If you are interested in assisting with these trainings by offering a presentation related to the water and/or wastewater industry, please click the button to the left to let us know.

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The LRWA has teamed up with SunCoast Learning Systems to provide its members with always-available online training. Please remember that by clicking the button to the left you will be leaving


The following programs are offered free of charge by the LRWA and partners to utility systems throughout Louisiana.

Funded by National Rural Water Association through the Environmental Protection Agency. LRWA has one Training Specialist covering the state. This program provides technical assistance to both community and non-community water systems throughout the state. The training sessions are geared to keep systems updated on Safe Drinking Water Act rules and regulations. The training hours received are used to comply with state re-certification requirements.

Funded by National Rural Water Association through USDA-Rural Development. LRWA provides on-site technical assistance throughout the state of Louisiana with three wastewater technicians. Technical assistance provided includes treatment plant operations, maintenance, finance, management, regulatory requirements, health concerns and operator certifications. The wastewater technician provide training sessions throughout the state of Louisiana on a small scale. This small scale training enables them to have more of a one-on-one with the operators, managers, etc.

Funded by National Rural Water Association through USDA-Rural Development. LRWA has three Water Circuit Riders covering the state providing technical assistance to water system personnel on the daily operations of their system. These services include on-site visits and information on Safe Drinking Water Act rules and regulations, water quality analysis, disinfection and chemical feed, treatment processes, distribution maintenance, line and valve locations, pump and motor maintenance and rate structures.

Funded by National Rural Water Association through the United States Department of Agriculture. Through this program LRWA provides technical assistance to rural and small communities served by public water systems to reduce or eliminate the potential risks to drinking water supplies through the development of Source Water Protection Plans and providing assistance to entities for the implementation of contaminant preventative measures.

This training will focus specifically on providing training to governing officials and utility managers of small rural water and wastewater systems. This training will emphasize topics that will enhance knowledge of basic governing skills and responsibilities. This training will also offer guidance in specific areas such as hiring and managing managers, ensuring adequate financing and accountability and board self-evaluation. It will also work with board members and upper management in expanding their system’s financial, managerial and technical capacity through the use of self-assessment. Training in areas of budgeting, policy-making, customer relations, and board member’s legal obligations will assist each system with their capacity development process.

LRWA offers specialized training and technical assistance to small water and/or wastewater systems with five (5) field technicians in the state of Louisiana. The program is designed to reduce energy consumption and increase the efficiency of operation with emphasis on the following:

  • Leak Detection
  • Bench Testing for Consumer Water Meters
  • Infiltration (Smoke Test) Survey
  • Sewer Video Camera


To request an Energy Survey click on either the PDF file or MS Word Doc, complete the form, and fax (337-738-5620) or email (  so that we can get your system added to our list.

LRWA will also need figures from your system prior to the survey.  Please complete one of the forms below that is relevant to the survey you are requesting.   You can send this completed form to LRWA along with the request form.

Click here for a Sample Notice that you can edit and send to customers informing them that a Smoke Survey will be performed

LRWA offers the Very Small Water System (VSWS) Training Program to all water and wastewater systems throughout the state of Louisiana. LRWA provides three two-day training sessions located throughout the state of Louisiana, annually. The VSWS Program targets the small systems (systems under 500 pop., mobile home parks, subdivisions, etc.). The training is done by the LRWA staff in conjunction with DHH and other sources available through LRWA.

LRWA works with coalitions to provide data and disseminate rules and regulations to evaluate effectiveness and cost to rural water systems. Attend legislative sessions in Baton Rouge and Washington, DC, to inform our congressional members of problems in Louisiana.

The Annual Conference and the 32 or 40 hours of Certification Training described below cost to attend. There is a fee payment due to attend the conference and the certification training classes.

LRWA provides an Annual Conference to over 1,500 water and wastewater professionals, as well as mayors, board members, clerks, and decision makers. This conference allows these professionals to receive up to 32 hours of re-certification credits. This conference has had over 120 exhibitors displaying their state of the art products, which is important to the water and wastewater industry. Our annual conference puts water and wastewater personnel in touch with vendor’s products while obtaining valuable training.

LRWA takes pride in the Training and Technical Assistance that we offer throughout the year from one end of Louisiana to the other. The training sessions are instructed by individuals with a wide variety of expertise in water and wastewater related issues, as well as LA Department of Health & Hospitals, Office of Public Health personnel to keep attendees abreast of current and changing State Regulations. LRWA offers a wide variety of training sessions such as Environmental Protection Agency, LA Compliance Initiative, Very Small Water System, Board/Council Member, Wastewater, Safe Drinking Water “The Basics” as well as our Annual Conference which includes Certification Training and Technical Training for office personnel.

LRWA provides training for 32 or 40 hours of water and wastewater certification for levels 1 and 2 at the Wayne Fontenot Training Center located at our office in Kinder. This facility comfortably seats 48 attendees by providing educational instructions to assist them with the certification exam and training to meet all state and federal regulations by learning the Rules and Regulations of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act.

The LRWA’s specialized training sessions provide water and wastewater systems’ personnel with an opportunity to solve problems by sharing ideas with state and federal agencies, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, and other water and wastewater system personnel. Training sessions cover a broad spectrum of needs ranging from water treatment, state and federal water and wastewater regulations, to financial management practices, and operator certification. This training allows water professionals to upgrade their skills, improve the quality of their utilities’ service, and protect their community’s health.

LRWA provides one or two day training sessions to keep systems updated on Safe Drinking Water Act Rules and Regulations, Water Conservation, Operation & Maintenance, Board/Council Members Training, and Training for Secretaries, Clerks, Office Managers, etc. The training hours you receive at these training sessions can be used to comply with state re-certification requirements.

Below is a list of some topics that are covered during these training sessions and conferences:

  • Introduction to Safe Drinking Water Program
  • Enforcement, How to Maintain Compliance
  • Bacteriological Sampling
  • Operator Certification Program
  • Groundwater Protection Program
  • Operating a water system…Getting Certified
  • Sewer Lift Stations
  • Troubleshooting, Control Transformers, Single Phase
  • Smoke Testing and TV Inspections
  • Hydrant Operations
  • Disinfection Challenges and Chlorine Safety
  • Troubleshooting Filters
  • Water Leak Detection
  • Wastewater Plant Operations
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Everything You Need to Know About Chlorinators
  • Cross-Connections
  • Proper Security for your Water System
  • Security Vulnerability/Emergency Response Plan

LaWARN (Louisiana Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network): Following the impacts of Hurricane Katrina and then Hurricane Rita, it became apparent that even with the extraordinary efforts of utilities, water associations, and state regulatory agencies, the demand for resources and knowing where those resources were available overwhelmed the ability to effectively coordinate the initial response. Realizing that utilities needed a different approach, leaders in the water community and state agencies have joined together to create the Louisiana Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network or LaWARN. Our mission is to support and promote statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response, and mutual assistance matters for public and private water and wastewater utilities. The LaWARN program provides its member utilities with a LaWARN Mutual Assistance Agreement (complete & return to LRWA)

  • A standard omnibus mutual assistance agreement and process for sharing emergency resources
  • Among members statewide.
  • A mutual assistance program consistent with other statewide mutual aid programs.
  • The resources to respond and recover more quickly from a disaster.
  • A forum for developing and maintaining emergency contacts and relationships.
  • New ideas from lessons learned in disasters.
  • The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association and the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police, with the support of the LA State Police, have adopted a Joint SO (JSOP) for Coordinated Statewide Reentry, and that the ER-ITN data system has been adopted to implement the JSOP. The JSOP, and the ER-ITN that implements it, are intended to help solve reentry problems after a natural disaster.
  • Visit the LA State Police and LA Sheriff’s Association websites for more information regarding the Joint SOP (JSOP).
  • LA State Police:
  • LA Sheriff’s Association:
  • LaWARN Brouchure
  • LaWARN Application (complete and return to LRWA)

Here you can find all the resources you need. Applications, training manuals and more.

Louisiana Department of Health Engineering Information

Please visit La Department of Health (LDH) Engineering Department website for valuable information regarding safe drinking water, contact information, and links to the following:

Louisiana Department of Health Safe Drinking Water

Please visit La Department of Health (LDH) Safe Drinking Water website for valuable information regarding safe drinking water, contact information, and links to the following:

  • Louisiana Drinking Water Watch (list of Louisiana public water systems)
  • Emergency Rules
  • Annual Compliance Report
  • Stage 2 D/DBP Sample Schedules
  • Lead and Copper Schedules
  • EPA revised Total Coliform Rule
  • Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 3
  • Bacteriological Sample Collection
  • Total Coliform Rule
  • Codes and Guidance Documents
  • Water Quality Testing Guidance
  • Consumer Confidence Reports
  • Disinfection Byproducts Stage 1 and Stage 2
  • Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)
  • EPA links
  • Safe Drinking Water Resources
  • Chloramination Guidelines
  • Safe Drinking Water Program Videos and Presentations
  • Monthly Operating Reports (MOR)

Louisiana Department of Health Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWRLF)

Please visit La Department of Health (LDH) Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWRLF) website for valuable information regarding DWRLF, contact information, and links to the following.

  • Loan Program
  • Capacity Development
  • Management Training Program
  • Area-wide Optimization Program (AWOP)
  • Source Water Protection

Louisiana Department of Health Laboratory Certification

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Laboratory Certification Program accredits laboratories analyzing drinking water under the EPA Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

US EPA Drinking Water Requirements for States and Public Water Systems

These documents provide a simple and straightforward description of the rule and requirements. The documents include critical deadlines for drinking water systems and states and monitoring requirements. On this page you will find quick references to Arsenic Rule, Consumer Confidence Report Rule, Groundwater Rule, Lead and Copper Rule, Public Notification Rule, and Small Systems Record Keeping Rules, just to name a few.

Drinking Water Rule Quick Reference Guides

Water System Design, Operation and Maintenance Committee

To design the Louisiana approach, rules and regulations to design, operate and maintain our states approximately 1,400 water systems. Standards for water system design and water safety are key to protect. To keep up with changes in federal law, technology, engineering and public health practice, changes, updates and overhauls are necessary.

Operator Certification Information

Please visit La Department of Health (LDH) Engineering Department website for valuable information regarding safe drinking water, contact information, and links to the following.

Operators have through December 31, 2017, to receive re-certification CEU hours for the 2016-2017 time period.
New 2-year period starts January 1, 2018, to receive re-certification CEU hours.
Please see below the credit hour requirements set by DHH Operator Certification office.

Credit Hour Requirements

Water Certification

The Rule states that, “a minimum of 16 contact hours is required for renewal of any certifications held in water categories or 8 hours per certification whichever is the greater.” If you hold one (1) certification, you are required to have 16 contact hours for re-certification every two (2) years. If you hold two (2) certifications, you are required to have 16 contact hours (8 per category) for re-certification every two (2) years. If you hold three (3) certifications, you are required to have 24 contact hours (8 per category) for re-certification every two (2) years.

Wastewater Certification

The Rule states that, “a minimum of 16 contact hours is required for renewal of any certifications held in wastewater categories.” If you hold one (1) certification, you are required to have 16 contact hours for re-certification every two (2) years. If you hold two (2) certifications, you are required to have 16 contact hours (8 per category) for re-certification every two (2) years.

Louisiana Ethics Education Mandate

Ethics Education Mandate-According to R.S. 42:1170, all public servants, as of January 1, 2012 during each year of his public employment or term of office, as the case may be. According to R.S. 42: 1102(19), “public servant” means a public employee or elected official. Section 1102(18)(a) states a “public employee” means anyone, whether compensated or not, who is: (i) An administrative officer or official of a governmental entity who is not filling an elective office. (ii) Appointed by any elected official when acting in an official capacity, and the appointment is to a post or position wherein the appointee is to serve the governmental entity or an agency thereof, either as a member of an agency, or as an employee thereof. (iii) Engaged in the performance of a governmental function. (iv) Under the supervision or authority of an elected official of another employee of the governmental entity.

Louisiana Ethics Administration Program View the attached link for training schedule for Ethics Education Courses. Louisiana Board of Ethics, PO Box 4368, Baton Rouge, LA 7082, Phone: (225) 219-5600; Fax: (225) 381-7271.

California Manuals

LRWA no longer sells the California Manuals. You may purchase them directly using the links below.

California Water Manuals
California Wastewater manuals

Trump Administration Appoints Dr. Carrie Castille State Director for USDA Rural Development in Louisiana


ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana, November 08, 2017- The Trump Administration recently appointed Dr. Carrie Castille as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Louisiana. Dr. Castille started her new role on Monday, October 30, 2017.

A Louisiana native, Castille has worked on agriculture and rural issues for almost 20 years. Castille has spent her career working in the agriculture industry and served as the Associate Commissioner for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Prior to her work at the department, she held a faculty position with the Louisiana State University AgCenter and created the Louisiana Master Farmer Program. Further, she served as a fellow of the Food Systems Leadership Institute, and chaired the USDA National Agriculture Research Extension Education and Economics Board. Castille also served on the National Council on Environmental Policy and Technology and a National Academies of Sciences panel studying homeland security threats.

In addition to her public service, she was instrumental in positioning Louisiana as a leader in alternative energy and green product development and implementing innovative sustainable practices within Louisiana’s agricultural industry. Outside of public service, she served an agriculture and natural resources consultant providing agriculture and environmental regulatory guidance to state and national commodity and trade organizations. Castille is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree and was the first woman inducted to the College of Engineering’s Hall of Distinction. In addition, she holds a Master’s Degree in environmental studies and Doctoral Degree in renewable natural resources from Louisiana State University

As State Director, Castille will use her leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Louisiana.

Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. And understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and healthcare; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit


USDA is an equal opportunity lender, provider and employer.

LRWA has partnered with SwiftReach Networks.  SwiftReach Networks Inc. has created a powerful, new Public Notification System.  Whether it be an urgent event such as “Boil Water” advisories or routine contact for collection calls, you can use this cutting-edge technology to quickly communicate with your customers via telephone, e-mail, Text/SMS or any communications device.  Please click the below for more information. Please feel free to contact LRWA for any additional questions.

Click here for the SwiftReach website to learn additional information!

This program offers specialized on-site training and technical assistance to small water and/or wastewater system personnel throughout Louisiana.  It is designed to reduce energy consumption, water loss and increase the efficiency of operation for water and wastewater systems by providing the following tests to determine sources of energy loss within a system:

  • Water Leak Detection
  • Water Meter Bench Test (test customer’s meters for accuracy)
  • Infiltration (smoke) Test
  • Sewer Video Camera (inspect the inside of sewer lines for problems)
  • Rate Analysis/Studies

To request an Energy Survey click on either the PDF file or MS Word Doc, complete the form, and fax (337-738-5620) or email (  so that we can get your system added to our list.

LRWA will also need figures from your system prior to the survey.  Please complete one of the forms below that is relevant to the survey you are requesting.   You can send this completed form to LRWA along with the request form.

Click here for a Sample Notice that you can edit and send to customers informing them that a Smoke Survey will be performed

This program is designed to work with water systems to increase public awareness in regards to protecting our drinking water sources; creating a local team and working in a step program, which has been designed to simplify the development of local water protection programs. The five-step program includes:

1) form a community planning team;
2) identify the land area to be protected;
3) identify land uses and possible sources of pollution in identified areas;
4) implement ways to prevent drinking water contamination; and
5) develop an alternate way to supply water if the public well becomes contaminated.

Another positive effect on the protection of water sources is education.  By making future generations aware of the many possible sources of contamination and the importance of protecting our water for the future goes a long way in protection efforts.







LRWA is currently in the process of updating our database for potiential employees. Please feel free to complete an application and return to our office along with your resumé. Your application will be retained on file for future reference.

Employment Application

Louisiana Rural Water Association accepts employment applications and resumes from certified Water and Wastewater Specialist. Statewide travel with over-night stays required. Computer and Basic Math knowledge is preferred, as well as Public Speaking skills. Please send resume and application (below) to LRWA, PO Box 180, Kinder, LA 70648. Please contact our office @ 800-256-2591 with any questions regarding this position. LRWA EOE.

Employment Application – Adobe PDF

Employment Application – Microsoft Word

If you would like to place an ad on our website please send the information to our office by e-mail: or fax to (337) 738-5620. Please include all relevant information including contact information and the deadline date to apply. These ads will also be placed in the LRWA quarterly magazine if they are submitted before the magazine deadline. If the job position has been filled or the sale item has been sold, please contact our office to let us know so that we can remove the ad from our website and our magazine. Ads will be removed after six months unless instructed otherwise. Thank you! Link to the National Rural Water Association Job Network for Louisiana.

Click here to view Classified Ads

Louisiana Rural Water Association is always accepting applications for employment. Statewide travel with over-night stays required. Computer and Basic Math knowledge is preferred, as well as Public Speaking skills. Please send resume to LRWA, PO Box 180, Kinder, LA 70648 or Please contact our office @ 800-256-2591 with any questions regarding this position. LRWA EOE.

LRWA Scholarship Information

In 1998, members of Louisiana Rural Water Association (LRWA) created the Scholarship Fund in honor of Mr. Willis Fournet.

  • born and raised in Kinder, LA
  • graduate of McNeese State University
  • began his career has an educator and a coach then retired from the Allen Parish School System as an elementary school principal
  • retired in 1981 from Kinder Elementary School, which consisted of only a few days, he became the director of Louisiana Rural Water Association
  • guided LRWA to its present state, working with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Health, the Department of Natural Resources, and state water and wastewater operators
  • retired from LRWA in December 1993
  • passed away in December 1994
  • will be remembered for his continuing education of not only children, but also his teaching and training of water and wastewater operators across the state of Louisiana

Please click the link below for the official rules regarding this scholarship to see if you are eligible.  Previous scholarship applicants and winners may also apply.  If eligible, please click the Microsoft Word Document to download the application and complete.

We encourage water and/or wastewater facilities and municipalities to contact your local school counselors as well as your system customers to inform them that this scholarship is available for students. 

If you need additional information, please call the Louisiana Rural Water Association office at (800) 256-2591 or (337) 738-2896.

TYPED applications are due by March 2, 2018.

Mail to:
Louisiana Rural Water Association
Attn: Scholarship Committee
PO Box 180
Kinder, LA 70648


Scholarship Application Official Rules

MS Office Word Doc – Scholarship Application


Contact the LRWA



PO Box 180
1325 3rd Avenue
Kinder, LA 70648