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.