Oct 22, 2008

Texas Team Wins Operations Challenge 2008

Trinity River Authority CReWSers defeated 42 teams from U.S., Canada and Argentina

The Trinity River Authority CReWSers captured the first-place trophy during yesterday’s Operations Challenge competition at WEFTEC.08 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.

Coached by Raudel Juarez, the team of Jacob Burwell, Dale Burrow, Steve Price and David Brown defeated 42 teams from the U.S., Canada and Argentina to take top honors during the fast-paced, two-day event. Full competition results include:

Division 1

First Place: Trinity River Authority CReWSers - Water Environment Association of Texas

Second Place: LA Wrecking Crew – California Water Environment Association

Third Place: s.C.R.A.P.P.E.R.S – Ohio Water Environment Association

Division 2

First Place: Terminal Velocity – Virginia Water Environment Association

Second Place: Wasted Gas - Water Environment Association of Utah

Third Place: Die Jesters – Pennsylvania Water Environment Association

Celebrating its 21st year, Operations Challenge has grown from an original 22-team event to its current 43-team, two-division format. Each four-member team is 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.