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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Media Contact: Lori Harrison, (703) 684-2480
lharrison@wef.org
April 19, 2012

WEF Team Competing Today in Argentinean Operations Challenge
Skills competition is taking place at annual water meeting in Buenos Aires
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A team of highly skilled water quality professionals representing the Water Environment Federation (WEF) are competing today against some 20 teams from South America in the 6th Olimpiadas Sanitarias. The competition is being held as part of the18th AIDIS Congreso Argentino Saneamiento y Medio Ambiente at the Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Modeled after Operations Challenge, WEF’s well-known annual competition for wastewater operations and maintenance professionals, Olimpiadas Sanitarias will showcase the skills needed to clean water safely and successfully through events testing ability in areas such as collections, laboratory procedures, maintenance, and safety.

WEF’s Equipo KSB-Hydro includes top talent from teams currently competing in Operations Challenge and represents more than 100 years of experience in the water quality industry. They will pit precision, speed, and skills against approximately 18 teams from Argentina and two from Colombia. Several of the Argentinean teams have competed in WEF’s Operations Challenge competition five times since 2003.

Equipo KSB-Hydro team members include: Dale Burrow (TRA CReWSers, Texas Class A Wastewater License, Interceptor System Specialist from Central Regional Wastewater System, Trinity River Authority, Dallas, TX); Rey Davila (Dallas Aquatechs, Texas Class A Wastewater License, Plant Supervisor from Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant, City of Dallas, TX); Paul Johnson (LA Wrecking Crew, California State Water Resources Control Board or SWRCB Grade III Certification, Foreman from Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, Carson, CA), and Jeffrey Valdes (California SWRCB Grade V Certification, Plant Supervisor from San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant, Whittier, CA).

“We are extremely pleased that this team of talented water quality professionals is representing the Water Environment Federation and the United States at this important industry event,” said WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger. “I would like to thank KSB Inc. and Hydro International for their collaboration to help advance WEF’s platform for knowledge exchange among global water professionals, one of our critical new strategic objectives.”

Also representing WEF at the event will be Past President Jeanette Brown, Board of Trustees member John Hart, and staff Steve Harrison. The trip was made possible by the generous support of KSB, Inc., (Richmond, VA) and Hydro International (Hillsboro, OR).

WEF’s 2012 Operations Challenge competition will take place this October at WEFTEC 2012 in New Orleans, La. Visit www.weftec.org for details.

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.
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