Wastewater Treatment Operators Compete In Operators Challenge
Olympics of Sewage Treatment"
Tuesday, May 9, 2006; 9am
Jamaica Wastewater Treatment plant 150-20 134TH Street Jamaica,
Van Wyck Expressway to Kennedy Airport
Exit at Ramada Hotel; go to stop sign at 134th St.
Make left and go one block to 150-20 134th St.
For the past 19 years, wastewater treatment plant operators
have competed in the Operators Challenge competition. The
Challenge gives sewage treatment workers and maintenance
staff a chance to demonstrate their skills and the high degree
of competence they bring to the complex round of tasks they
perform daily. Teams compete in five timed events that include
safety and emergency procedures, laboratory procedures, sewer
collection systems maintenance, process control and pump
maintenance and repair. The two top competitors go on to
the State finals and possibly the National competition held
later in the year. This event gives wastewater treatment
workers an opportunity to obtain recognition for the special
services they provide to maintain New York City’s health
Four teams will vie for the chance to compete in the State
competition in June. Two teams from the Bowery Bay plant
in Queens, the Bowery Bay “Bang Ins” and the
Bowery Bay “Boys” will face off with their
borough competitors, the Tallman Island “Trackers” and
the Jamaica “Jesters.”
The Operators Challenge is a national competition developed
by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the largest professional
organization representing the wastewater treatment industry.
The local chapter of the WEF – the New York Water Environment
Association is the sponsor of this event along with DEP.
NYC Department of Environmental Protection Public Affairs
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