- Associated Press - Friday, April 24, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The governing body of Little Rock Wastewater wants to remove the word sewer from its title.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1DsyyvS ) reports that the Little Rock Sanitary Sewer Committee, a panel that oversees the wastewater utility, voted unanimously at a meeting this week to change itself into the Little Rock Water Reclamation Commission.

CEO Greg Ramon said the term “sanitary sewer” is an outdated term and doesn’t accurately describe the panel’s function anymore.

“We are really changing to be more in line with today’s terminology as it relates to today’s industry,” he said.

The newspaper also reports that part of the change centered on moving from being called a committee to being a commission. A majority of the city’s governing or advisory groups are called boards or commissions.

“We are the only one that says committee,” Chief Administration Officer John Jarratt said. “We’ve been looking at what other cities in the United States call their (sewer boards), and we’re pretty much outdated. It doesn’t work for what we do anymore.”

The city’s Board of Directors will have to approve the name change to make it official.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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