Texas team wins Operations Challenge 2008

The Trinity River Authority CReWSers captured the first-place trophy at the Operations Challenge competition at WEFTEC.08 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. Coached by Raudel Juarez the team of Jacob Burwell, Dale Burrow, Steve Price, and David Brown defeated 42 teams from the United States, Canada, and Argentina to take top honors during the fast-paced, two-day event...

CHICAGO, IL, Oct. 22, 2008 -- The Trinity River Authority CReWSers captured the first-place trophy at the Operations Challenge competition at WEFTEC®.08 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. Coached by Raudel Juarez the team of Jacob Burwell, Dale Burrow, Steve Price, and David Brown defeated 42 teams from the United States, Canada, and Argentina to take top honors during the fast-paced, two-day event. Full competition results include:

Division 1
First Place: Trinity River Authority CReWSers - Water Environment Association of Texas
Second Place: LA Wrecking Crew -- California Water Environment Association
Third Place: s.C.R.A.P.P.E.R.S -- Ohio Water Environment Association

Division 2
First Place: Terminal Velocity -- Virginia Water Environment Association
Second Place: Wasted Gas - Water Environment Association of Utah
Third Place: Die Jesters -- Pennsylvania Water Environment Association

Celebrating its 21st year, Operations Challenge has grown from an original 22-team event to its current 43-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.

Operations Challenge is presented in conjunction with WEFTEC®.08 - the Water Environment Federation's 81st annual technical exhibition and conference. As the largest water quality event in North America and largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, WEFTEC.08 hosted more than 18,000 of the world's leading water quality experts and 1,000 companies featuring the latest in water quality technology. WEFTEC.08 was held at McCormick Place from Oct. 18-22, 2008.


Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 35,000 individual members and 81 affiliated Member Associations representing an additional 50,000 water quality professionals throughout the world.

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