Jacob B. Groby, III
District 7 Councilman
- 29354 Lyon Lane
Lacombe, LA 70445
Although elected to public office for the first time in 2012, Jake has been a public servant since 1982. During his career in the water & wastewater treatment field, Jake has been influential In strengthening many of the regulations we use today in dealing with water and wastewater treatment and protecting the Public Health.
Jake has been working in the water & wastewater treatment field for the past 29 years. He is an active member of American Water Works Association; he was appointed to the Ad-Hoc Committee on AWWA’s Bottled Water Committee, in which he helped re-write standards for bottled water regulations. From 1992 - 1996 Jake served as the Chair for Louisiana’s ‘Water for People’ program. He has authored papers and articles on Ethics in Water Treatment, Public Relations, Emergency Communications, Bottle Water Regulations, Hurricane Recovery and Water Contamination Response Model..
Jake additionally manages St. Bernard Parishes Wetlands Reclamation Project - The Central Wetlands Unit (Bayou Bienvenue Marsh). Jake hopes to bring this program to District 7 and other parts of our parish to enhance wetlands.
A member of Louisiana Rural Water Association, Jake serves on the Water & Wastewater Agency Response Network which provides Emergency Response for Water & Wastewater utilities impacted by a natural or manmade disaster. He serves as a trainer for water & wastewater operators in Emergency preparedness Jake served as President of the Association of Certified Environmental Operators ‘AceOps’ from 1992 to 1998.
Jake earned the George H. West Award for outstanding Leadership on Public Water Treatment in 1995. In 1992, Jacob wrote and directed "Water Water Everywhere" a documentary, explaining water treatment in Louisiana. Jake further received the US EPA Region 6 Outstanding Water Treatment Plant Award in 1991 & 1996. He is certified in Hazardous Material Safety by I.U.O.E. and Certified in Water Sector Security by U.S. Homeland Security.
Jacob and his wife Deirdre have been married for 29 years. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.