As elite teams of water professionals wrap up their final practice sessions before convening at WEFTEC 2019 for the 32nd annual Operations Challenge competition, the stage is set for the most action-packed test of professional skills in the competition’s history.
Forty-six teams – an Operations Challenge record – will meet in Chicago to test their mettle during five events that mimic water professionals’ real-world job responsibilities.
Competitors must work together to
- perform maintenance on simulated collection systems and other equipment,
- demonstrate their familiarity with laboratory procedures,
- bring an impaired pump station back to working condition,
- answer process control questions and successfully troubleshoot problems in a water resource recovery facility simulation, and
- rescue a co-worker (represented by a mannequin) from the bottom of a manhole.
Winners are determined by a weighted point system for the five events. Each team races against the clock to complete each event faster than their opponents.
Each team is sponsored by a WEF Member Association or recognized Operator Association (links below). Operations Challenge 2019 welcomes the following teams:
- Aarhus Great Danes
- Wet Well Warriors
- Ashbridges High Levels
- Sludge Hogs
- AWA Surprise
- LA Wrecking Crew
- Fecal Matters
- Positive Influents
- Sewer Rats
- SIOA Columbus
- Water Dogz
- Women of Wastewater
- Jersey Devils
- Brown Tide
- Rockaway Sludge Hustlers
- Watershed Warriors
- Columbus Outfalls
- Dirty Deeds
- Deuce Busters
- Motley CReW
- 50 Shades of Grey Water
- Controlled Chaos
- Lethal Concentration
- Aqua Techs
- Drip Squad
- North Texas Rangers
- TRA CReWSers
- Waste Warriors
- Wasatch All-Stars
- Wasted Gas
- Blue Ridge Brawlers
- Team HRSD
New England Water Environment Association
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
- Force Maine
- Franken Foggers
- Ocean State Alliance
Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association
(Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming)
- Double Duty
- Elevated Ops
- Sewerside Squad
Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association
(Idaho, Oregon, and Washington)
- Poo Fighters
Central States Water Environment Association
(Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin)
Operations Challenge will take place at
Booth 7007 in North Hall B at McCormick Place.
Laboratory and Process Control events
Mon., Sept. 23; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Collection Systems, KSB Maintenance, and Safety events
Tues., Sept. 24; 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Want more Operations Challenge coverage? Check out the archive of every Operations Challenge competition.