Operations challenge competition brings wastewater treatment to the surface


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Do you ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at a wastewater treatment plant or how professionals deal with sewer collapses or overflows? Well, wonder no more. More than 200 of the world’s best and brightest wastewater treatment professionals will compete in Operations Challenge 2010, a unique, fast-paced skills competition for wastewater operations and maintenance professionals. Now in its 23rd year, the one-of-a-kind event will take place October 4-5, 2010 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La.

Growing from an original 22-team event to this year’s 37-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.

For the second year running, the Water Environment Association of Texas' Trinity River Authority CReWSers will defend their title against the top regional teams (see complete list below) from the United States, Canada, and Argentina. In addition, this year’s event will feature new laboratory and maintenance events. The laboratory event will require teams to complete a membrane filtration analysis using the Hach (Loveland, Colo.) m-ColiBlue24 method and in the Wilo (Melrose Park, Ill.) maintenance event where teams will simultaneously prepare a submersible pump and submersible mixer for service.

Operations Challenge is presented in conjunction with WEFTEC 2010—the Water Environment Federation’s 83rd annual technical exhibition and conference—from October 2-6, 2010 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. As the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world, this year’s event will host thousands of water professionals and exhibitors from around the world and feature the latest in research, training, solutions and cutting-edge technologies.

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About WEF
Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member Associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment. www.wef.org

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