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October 9, 2013

Virginia Team is the Four-Time Winner of Operations Challenge Competition 
Terminal Velocity Places First Among 41 Teams from across the U.S. and Canada 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Terminal Velocity of the Virginia Water Environment Association took the top honors for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time yesterday at the Operations Challenge competition held in Chicago, Ill. during WEFTEC 2013®, the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition.

Terminal Velocity team members Steve Motley, Steve Poe, Jason Truitt, and Captain Donnie Cagle were coached by Elijah Smith and Bobby Williams, competed against 40 teams from across the U.S. and Canada in Operations Challenge, a unique and fast-paced test of the essential skills needed to operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities, their collection systems and laboratories—all vital to the protection of public health and the environment. 

“The level of professionalism exhibited throughout this event was outstanding,” said John Trofatter, Operations Challenge Committee Chair. “What the teams learn here is taken back into their communities and benefits society, the environment, and their own careers.”

Now in its 26 year, Operations Challenge has grown from the original 22-team event to this year’s 41-team, two-division format. Teams are judged on the best combination of precision, speed, and safety, and winners are determined by a weighted point system for five events including collection systems, laboratory, process control, maintenance, and safety. The top teams for the 2013 competition include:

Division 1
First Place: Terminal Velocity
Virginia Water Environment Association
Cities of Franklin and Virginia Beach, Va.

Second Place: Jersey Devils
New Jersey Water Environment Association
Cape County Municipal Utilities Authority
Third Place: TRA CReWSers
Water Environment Association of Texas
Trinity River Authority, Dallas, Texas

Division 2
First Place: Team HRSD
Virginia Water Environment Association
Hampton Roads Sanitation Districts

Second Place: Blueridge Brawlers
Virginia Water Environment Association
Western Virginia Water Authority

Third Place: Sewer Rats
Illinois Water Environment Association
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Operations Challenge is held in conjunction with WEFTEC 2013, the Water Environment Federation's 86th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference. Recognized as the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition, the event is being held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., October 5-9, 2013. 

To learn more, visit www.weftec.org

About WEF
Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit www.wef.org