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For the 2nd year, Xylem is proud to sponsor the 2015 Operations Challenge Maintenance Event

For the 2nd year, Xylem is proud to sponsor the 2015 Operations Challenge Maintenance Event

Congratulations to the OCWA Jets of the Water Environment Association of Ontario, who took the top honors in Division One of the Maintenance Event at the 28th Annual Operations Challenge competition. The fun-filled, high-energy event took place at WEFTEC 2015 in Chicago. A record-high 44 hardworking teams from the U.S., Canada, and for the first time, Germany participated in the event.

As one of the most engaging events on the exhibition floor, the Maintenance Event is a unique and fast-paced test of the skills of a maintenance/operating team to respond to a severe weather condition resulting in a lift station pumping outage. It is focused on the routine maintenance and operation of a Godwin NC80 pump in preparation for use at a lift station, and transportation and installation at the lift station, including programming for emergency use.

Over the course of nearly three decades, the Operations Challenge has steadily grown from the original 22-team event to this year's 44-team, two-division format. Teams are judged on the best combination of precision, speed, and safety. The winners are determined by a weighted point system. This year's winners in both divisions of the Maintenance Event include:

Division 1

First Place: OCWA Jets
WEA of Ontario

Second Place: L.A. Wrecking Crew
California WEA

Third Place: Blue Ridge Brawlers
Virginia WEA


Division 2

First Place: Volatile Solids
Ohio WEA

Second Place: Wasatch All Stars
WEA of Utah

Third Place: Wasted Gas
WEA of Utah

Congratulations to this year's Maintenance Event Winners. Thanks to everyone who participated and we can't wait to see you next year!

by Jackie Helfrich