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January 14, 15 & 16, 2020 – Deridder

January 14, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - January 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm CST

Public Works Facility
734 W 7th Street
Deridder, LA
January 14, 2020
LDH Approval Pending


9:30am – Registration
10:00am-11:30am — Management Practices/Defining Responsibilities: Ken Terry, LRWA/USDA Wastewater Technician & Trainer
11:30am-11:45am — Break/Snack – sponsor TBD
11:45am-1:00pm — Financial Practices: Rusty Reeves, LRWA Deputy Director
1:00pm-1:45pm — State & Federal Regulations for Public Water Systems: Todd Abshire, LRWA/USDA Wastewater Technician
1:45pm-2:15pm — Technical:
Rusty Reeves, LRWA Deputy Director


*Management Training – As outlined in LAC 48: Part V. 7707-7719
“Management Training. As a part of meeting the managerial capacity requirements, all appropriate staff of existing public water systems shall attend a training session provided by the state, its contractors or other state recognized trainers for board members, council members/mayors/owners, etc. Management training for all board members/council members/mayors/owners of existing public water systems will be based on whether their water system has been issued an administrative order, and/or is on the significant non-complier’s list and/or has had primary MCL violations during the past three years. The department will continue to encourage attendance on a voluntary basis at management training sessions by board members/council members/mayors/owner’ of other public water systems. Training sessions shall be provided periodically and appropriate parties as noted above will have the opportunity to attend one of the scheduled sessions within six months after the system has been notified that is it being evaluated for technical, managerial, and financial capacity.”


January 15, 2020
LDH Approval Pending

7:00am-8:00am – Registration
8:00am-8:15am — Introduction and Certification Rule: Ken Terry, LRWA/USDA Wastewater Technician & Trainer
8:15am-9:00am — Asset Management: Ken Terry, LRWA/USDA Wastewater Technician & Trainer
9:00am-10:00am — Air Valves – Why You Need Them and Where They Should Be Located: Andy Brown, D&W System Sales
10:00am-11:00am — Tracer Wire Practices for Installation of Utility Lines: Andy Brown, D&W System Sales
11:00am-12:00pm — Dig Safe Law Updates & Tier II Reporting: Gene Dunegan, La State Police Emergency Services Unit
12:00pm-1:00pm       Lunch sponsored by: Power Specialties
1:00pm-2:00pm — Proper Pump Applications: Patrick Wiley, Power Specialties
2:00pm-3:00pm — LaDEQ Criminal Investigations: Ryan Brignac, LaDEQ
3:00pm-4:30pm — Stop Sanitary Sewer Overflows and Odor: David Putnum, Sewer Sentry
4:30pm-5:00pm — Questions and Evaluations


January 15, 2020
LDH Approval Pending

7:00am-8:00am – Registration
7:00am-8am — Sign-in/Registration
8:00am-8:15am — Introductions and Workshop Objectives
8:15am-9:15am – Water Storage Tank Maintenance Options: Marc Nichols, Southeastern Tank
9:15am-9:45am — Session 1: Overview of Key Management Areas – Presentation
–Presentation of Key Management Areas

–Group Discussion: Other Important Management Areas for Sustainability
9:45am-10:40am — Session 2: Utility ‘Self-Assessment’ Exercise (Explain “Sustainable Management Self-Assessment” (5 minutes)
Participants Conduct Self-Assessment (25 minutes)
–Rate utility achievements and rank management priorities
–Plot results: achievements vs. priorities
Table Discussion Among Participants About Results (25 minutes)
–Where is your utility strong? Why?
–Where is there the most room for improvement? Why?
–What are your areas of focus?
–Why is performance low?
–Technical capacity?
–Financial capacity?
–Managerial capacity?

What are the commonalities and differences among table participants’ achievements, priorities, and challenges?

10:40am-11:30am — Session 3: Plenary Discussion – Self Assessment Results
–Tables Report Results of Assessment (30 minutes)

–Synthesize Results (30 minutes)
11:30am-12:30pm – Lunch sponsored by: Southeastern Tank
12:30pm-1:30pm — Water Meter Options: Jerry Johnson, Mueller
1:30pm-2:15pm — Session 4: Table Exercise – Improving Outcomes Each table completes an improvement worksheet for one low achievement/high priority management area. Discussion Questions:

–What will constitute “high achievement” in this management area?
–What changes will the utility need to make to improve performance?
–How could you track your performance progress?
–What will be the biggest challenges to performance improvement?

2:15pm-3:15pm — Session 5a: Plenary Discussion – Practices, Tools, and Measures: Results

–Tables Report Findings
–General Discussion of Findings

3:15pm-4:15pm — Session 5b: Plenary Discussion – Practices: Results

–Synthesis of Table Discussion Results
–Local Assistance Available in Key Management Areas
–Presentation of Additional Tips, Tools, and Measurement
–Reflections: Key Lessons Learned and Near-Term Steps
–Discuss System Management Improvement Plan

4:15-5:00pm — Session 6: Feedback Session Participants Complete Workshop Evaluation Form

–Are these the right management areas, and how to improve?
–Is self-assessment useful, and how to improve?
–Are tools and tips useful, and how to improve?
–Are measures useful, and how to improve?
–Overall rating of format, flow, presenters, etc.
–Collect Evaluation Forms

5:00 Adjourn

Please note:  LRWA Training Sessions are a “Fire Arm Free Zone”

(Please provide at least 1 of the requested phone #s. This will be used to notify you in the event something changes with this class such as date, location or cancellation.)


January 14, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
January 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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