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Spreading the Reach of Operations Challenge

January 31, 2018

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Orren West Team

Orren West rises through the ranks while contributing to the competition Orren West Jr. believes in Operations Challenge. Staying involved in the competition has helped him rise through the ranks in his career, an experience West wants to pass along to his fellow operators. “I have experienced, personally, professional growth through Ops Challenge, and I […]

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Award Recognizes Innovation and Effectiveness of Operations Challenge

January 19, 2018

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Ops Challenge - Power of A Award

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Operations Challenge program has received a Silver “Power of A” award from the American Society of Association Executives (Washington, D.C.). The award recognizes innovative, effective, and broad-reaching programs that positively affect the U.S. and world. The 30th annual Operations Challenge took place at WEFTEC 2017. A record number […]

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Texas Teams Earn First in 30th Operations Challenge

December 28, 2017

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Operations Challenge 2017 Winners Featured

WEF introduces the top teams in every category Members of the 44 Operations Challenge teams competing at WEFTEC 2017 entered McCormick Place in Chicago with their sights set on winning. In addition to overall Division 1 or Division 2 awards, teams vied for top spots in the competition’s five events: Process Control, Laboratory, Safety, Godwin […]

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Houston Operators Recognized for Hurricane Recovery Work

December 21, 2017

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Houston Operator Awards Featured

Two City of Houston operators received special recognition during WEFTEC 2017. During Session No. 533, Operator Excellence: Operations Ingenuity Contest Winners, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) presented Tomas Martinez and Sidney Bomer with The First Responders’ First Responder Award. During the session, WEF celebrated winners of its sixth annual Operator Ingenuity Contest. They […]

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Christen Wood Pens New WEF Fight Song

December 20, 2017

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WEF Song - Featured

As the operators, engineers, and scientists on the front-lines of the fight for clean water, Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members know that inspiration can strike at any moment. For Christen Wood, the winner of WEF’s Sound Off for Clean Water Song Contest, it struck while she was putting away dishes. WEF launched the […]

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Urging the U.S. Government To Fund Rebuilding Water Infrastructure After Hurricanes

November 30, 2017

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) urges the White House and U.S. Congress to prioritize resilience in rebuilding water infrastructure in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands that was damaged by recent hurricanes. WEF also requests robust funding for hurricane relief and removal of any restrictions that prevent certified drinking water […]

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Idaho Wastewater Operator Doubles as Celebrity Lookalike

November 16, 2017

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Rusty Goss - Featured

When Ed Sheeran burst onto the music scene several years ago, William “Rusty” Goss took little notice of the popular English singer–songwriter and guitarist. Although familiar with some of Sheeran’s songs, the industrial wastewater operator living in Idaho knew little about the musician, including his appearance. That soon changed, as friends and even strangers began […]

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Retirement Doesn’t Stop William Grandner from Guiding Young Operators

October 31, 2017

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William Grandner, an icon of New York City’s wastewater treatment sector, has a long history in mentoring wastewater operators. By serving as a mentor for the next generation, he hopes to prepare the sector for an uncertain future. “I am not a psychic, but I know the future of the young operator. I walked in […]

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