Sep 09, 2011

WEFTEC Competition Brings Wastewater Treatment to the Surface

The 24th annual competition will take place next month during the conference in Los Angeles

More than 200 of the world’s best and brightest wastewater treatment professionals will compete in Operations Challenge 2011, a unique and fast-paced skills competition for wastewater operations and maintenance professionals.. Now in its 24th year, the event will take place Oct. 17-18, 2011, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Growing from an original 22-team event to this year’s 38-team 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.

The Virginia Water Environment Assn.’s Terminal Velocity will defend their title against the top regional teams from the U.S. and Canada, including four from California. In addition, a new pipe defect evaluation test has been added to the collections event. The content will be derived from the National Assn. of Sewer Service Co. Pipeline Assessment Certification Program.

Operations Challenge is presented in conjunction with WEFTEC 2011—the Water Environment Federation’s 84th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference. As the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world, this year’s event will host thousands of water professionals and nearly exhibitors and will feature the latest in water research, training, solutions and cutting-edge technologies.