ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Hundreds of water and wastewater operators gathered in Alexandria for a state wastewater conference.
The Louisiana conference has eight regions statewide and strives to promote and support mandatory certification of water and wastewater operators.
The jobs of these workers are to provide clean drinking water.
Officials said, in the next five years 50% of operators will no longer be a part of the industry due to retirement.
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser visited the conference, and added, this means there's a high demand for young people to work in the field.
"It means we need to reach out to our community colleges, to our high schools,” Nungesser said. “One of the things that spark my thoughts when hearing that, is that some of these professions needs to go back to their community and talk to the high school kids about getting into this profession because those certified operators are necessary to operate and maintain safe water in every community in the state."
The Louisiana Water Environment Association will be conducting the conference until Thursday.