Operations Challenge Committee

The Operations Challenge Committee promotes WEFTEC’s Operations Challenge.

We continue to build on the Operations Challenge held at the Annual Conference to improve the spectator experience, reduce event costs, build relationships with vendors, increase marketing of the OC brand, and work with WEF to gain more support at the local level.

News & Highlights

Join the WEFTEC Operations Challenge

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 wastewater treatment facility? Instead of continuing to take these unsung specialists for granted, come see some of the best wastewater collection and treatment personnel in the world display their skills at Operations Challenge.

Each team is sponsored by a WEF Member Association or recognized Operator Association. Winners are determined by a weighted point system for five events (collection systems, laboratory, process control, maintenance and safety), each designed to test the diverse skills required for the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities, their collection systems and laboratories. Learn more here.

Blue Ridge Brawlers Win the 2016 Operations Challenge Competition

The Blue Ridge Brawlers of the Virginia Water Environment Association, pulled off a dramatic win at the 29th annual Operations Challenge competition. The fun-filled, high-energy event took place at WEFTEC 2016—the Water Environment Federation’s 89th annual technical exhibition and conference—in New Orleans. First place Division 1 team members Randy Williams (coach), Lacy Burnette (captain), Wayne Brown, Stephen Lofaro, and Kevin Thomasson and first place Division 2 team members Orren West (coach), Kelsey Gedge (captain), Matt Duncan, Lance Wenholz, and Josh Mallory competed against 40 hardworking teams from the U.S., Canada, and Argentina. Both teams are first time winners. Read the full article.

Contact Info


Chris Miccolis, Chair