Operations Challenge Competition Brings Wastewater Treatment to the Surface

More than 200 of the world’s best and brightest wastewater treatment professionals will compete in Operations Challenge 2013, a unique, fast-paced skills competition for wastewater operations and maintenance professionals this fall in Chicago, Ill. Now in its 26th year, the one-of-a-kind event will take place October 7-9, 2013 at McCormick Place. CWEA will have two teams in the competition:  LA Wrecking Crew and North Bay Ryders.

Growing from an original 22-team event to this year’s 41-team, two-division format, each four-member team will be judged on the best combination of precision, speed and safety. Winners are determined by a weighted point system for five events including collection systems, laboratory, process control, maintenance and safety. The events are designed to test the diverse skills required for the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities, their collection systems and laboratories – all vital to the protection of public health and the environment.

The Virginia Water Environment Association’s Terminal Velocity will defend their title against the top regional teams (see complete list below) from the United States and Canada, including three representing Illinois and Wisconsin. In addition, the teams will deploy new fall restraint and rescue equipment in the safety event.

Operations Challenge is presented in conjunction with WEFTEC 2013—the Water Environment Federation’s 86th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference—from October 5-9 at McCormick Place.

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