Sep 17, 2008

Teams Gear up for Operations Challenge 2008 at WEFTEC.08

Forty-three teams will compete in the 21st annual competition

More than 200 of the world’s best and brightest wastewater treatment professionals will compete in Operations Challenge 2008, a unique, fast-paced skills competition for wastewater operations and maintenance professionals. Now celebrating its 21st year, the competition will take place Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2008 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Growing from an original 22-team event to its current 43-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 current champions, the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association’s Commode Commandos, will defend their title against the top regional teams from the U.S., Canada and Argentina.

Operations Challenge is presented in conjunction with WEFTEC.08—the Water Environment Federation’s 81st annual technical exhibition and conference, held at McCormick Place from Oct. 18 to 22.