Welcome to the 2018 Annual Conference
July 15-19, 2018
Lake Charles, LA

On-line/Pre-registration is NO longer available,

please bring registration forms to the conference to register on-site!

Host Hotel

L’Auberge Casino Resort
777 Avenue L’Auberge; Lake Charles, LA 70601

Call 866-580-7444 to make reservations.     Group Code is SLRW18

Discounted LRWA Conference rate $139.00 / Maximum of 4 guest per room
Check in time is 4:00pm and check out time is 11:00am

To receive discounted rate, reservations must be made before 8:00am on June 24, 2018.


There will be NO conference events held at this hotel, all events will be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  When LRWA reaches room block capacity at the L’Auberge Casino Resort we will utilize other area hotels for the overflow.

LRWA Seeks Experts to Present at 2018 Annual Conference

Schedule should be completed in a couple of weeks, we asked for your patience.

Thank you


The Louisiana Rural Water Association has opened the call for presentations for the 2018 Annual Conference scheduled for July 16-19 at the Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Those who are wishing to volunteer to provide presentation(s) for consideration please complete the form below.

We are looking for topics relevant to the water and wastewater industry (new technology, security, utility management and board training, etc.). The Conference offers training opportunities for all aspects of the water and wastewater industry, from operation to management to regulation. LRWA offers specialized education and networking opportunities specifically designed for utility managers, town council members and utility board members.

The deadline to submit a conference presentation is February 17, 2018, at which time LRWA will begin selecting presentations for the agenda. We will complete the agenda in March so it is crucial that you contact LRWA by February 17, 2018, if you want to provide a presentation. The call for presentations will remain open until all conference timeslots are filled. The dates needed for the presentations are July 17, 18 & 19 (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday).

Louisiana Rural Water Association Annual Conference and is designed to bring together water and wastewater utility systems – large and small, municipal and rural – for sessions in operations, management, Boardmanship and governance.

Email the PDF or Word Document to

(PDF format)   or   (MS Word Document format)


Awards Nomination

(PDF format) or (MS Word Document format)

Click above on either PDF or MS Word Document format if you have an outstanding system or outstanding employee, please consider nominating them for one of LRWA’s prestigious awards. Each year LRWA recognizes the systems and system operations specialists (operators) who have gone above and beyond in operations, maintenance, and management of water and wastewater systems as well as outstanding office personnel who are necessary to keep the systems running smoothly. The deadline to submit nominations is March 9, 2018.  Awards will be presented at a luncheon on WednesdayJuly 18, 2018.

Water Taste Test

Do you have the best tasting water in Louisiana?

The Louisiana Rural Water Association is looking for the best drinking water from a Public Water System in the state to represent Louisiana’s rural water systems in a nationwide competition for the year 2019.

The Taste Test will take place at our Annual Training & Technical Conference on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, during lunch. A panel of judges will taste the water samples, the results will be tallied, and the winner will be announced. The winner will represent Louisiana at the Great American Water Taste Test in Washington D.C. in February, 2019.

It’s all about Good Taste!

Taste Test Rules:

  • Collect water in a quart size glass container (be sure to package water carefully)
  • DO NOT “chill” water
  • Label the container with your system name, contact person & phone number
  • System must be a member of LRWA
  • Water will be accepted at the Conference Registration Desk Sunday, July 15th (1pm-4pm) and Monday, July 16th (7am-5pm) and Tuesday, July 17th (7am-11am)

Click below to download Water Taste Test Entry FormDeadline to submit form if you plan to compete is July 12th.  Don’t forget to bring your water sample to the conference.

Entry Form (MS Word Format)   or    Entry Form PDF

2016 Annual Conference Awards Ceremony

2016 Annual Conference Welcome Speech

2016 Annual Conference Guest Speakers