Texas' Trinity River Team Wins Operations Challenge 2008

The Trinity River Authority CReWSers captured the first-place trophy during the Oct. 21 Operations Challenge competition at WEFTEC®.08 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 is 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.

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