How do operators and technicians overcome flooding, a sewer collapse, process failure and other emergencies?

Do you ever wonder what transpires behind the scenes during the operation of a water resource recovery facility? Instead of continuing to take these unsung specialists for granted, leran how the best wastewater collection and treatment personnel in the world display their skills at Operations Challenge.

In the competition, teams compete to earn the highest score in five different events. Each team includes four members and often a coach as well. Each event is designed to test the diverse skills required for the operation and maintenance of water resource recovery facilities, collection systems, and laboratories. The five event are collections systems, laboratory, process control, maintenance and safety. Winners are determined by a weighted points system.

In 2019, 46 teams participated in the 32nd Annual Operations Challenge. Each team is sponsored by a WEF Member Association or recognized Operator Association.

Changes for WEFTEC 2020

WEFTEC 2020 moving to a fully virtual event will change how Operations Challenge is presented. New plans are being worked through now and more information will be released later this summer.

Operations Challenge History

In 2019, Elevated Ops from the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association earned the Division 1 first place trophy. The North Texas Rangers from the Water Environment Association of Texas clinched first place in Division 2.

Find out the full history of Operations Challenge. Since the event's inception in 1988, WEF's magazines have chronicled the details of each competition. The links below connect to PDF articles of the full coverage. Each entry is marked by the year, city of the competition, and the Division 1 winning team.


Operations Challenge History

Become a Sponsor or Partner

Interested in being a sponsor for, or a partner of, Operations Challenge? Email weftecsales[email protected]