The Mississippi Water and Pollution Control Operators’ Association, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization managed by its membership and supported by membership subscriptions, short courses, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Pollution Control.

Organized in 1961, the main objective of the Association is to protect the interests of water and pollution control operators in the State of Mississippi. The Association has worked for many years to improve operators’ training short courses. The Association instituted a voluntary operator certification program in 1972 and succeeded in obtaining passage of a law in 1986, the “Municipal and Domestic Water and Wastewater System Operator’s Certification Act of 1986,” which made the certification of operators mandatory after July 1, 1987. This law provides job security and improved benefits for operators, as well as providing better quality water and a safer environment for customers.  The development and dissemination of water quality information is another important goal.


MWPCOA 2023 Higher Education Scholarship Application

MWPCOA is pleased to award two (2) $1,000 higher education scholarships in 2023.  Applicants must be related to a current MWPCOA member or must be a current MWPCOA member.  Scholarship applications must be received by Alan Barefield by March 15, 2023.

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MWPCOA 2023 Annual Conference

April 18-20 | Natchez Convention Center

Come join us in Natchez on April 18 – 20 for the 2023 Mississippi Water and Pollution Control Operators’ Association Annual Conference!

This conference will be a fun and rewarding learning journey for all attendees! Our schedule will feature seasoned career service professionals with years of experience in leadership roles helping others broaden their knowledge in the water and wastewater industry.

MSDH regulatory hours for water and MDEQ sponsored hours for wastewater will be awarded.

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