IFM recently put together our first Operations Challenge Team and competed on May 22, 2013 at Northwestern Water and Sewer District in Bowling Green, OH during the Ohio WEA Operations Challenge Event.
Operations Challenge, or better known as Ops Challenge, is a national event sanctioned by WEF (Water Environment Federation) where wastewater professionals compete in a team format in five primary wastewater events. A complete video and competition library is posted @ http://weftec.org/opschallenge/ The competitions include Safety, Process Control, Maintenance, Collections and Laboratory.
The Safety event emulates a confined space entry and rescue, Process Control is a test on key wastewater operations and monitoring, Maintenance is based on submersible pump and mixer repair, Collections simulates an emergency sewer main repair and tap, while the Laboratory event simulates setting up BOD5 samples and analyzing. All competitions are timed and judged for following proper technique and skills required in the daily lives of wastewater operators around the nation.
Team IFM, now known as the RECLAMATORS, was appointed by Tom Horn (Coach) earlier in the year. The team consists of Neil Pry (Captain), Tommy Roth, Ann Scott, Dalton Gordon and alternate Troy Houser. The team performed under pressure and came out as champions of the Division II Title, allowing the team to advance to Nationals.
Practicing of the events will continue through October, when the RECLAMATORS will travel to Chicago and compete on a national stage at WEFTEC in October. Stay posted for future updates as we continue to work to competing @ WEFTEC 2013.