Council: Conferences Coordinating: Operations Challenge Committee
Board Liaison
Kristine Williams
Committee Chair
Gregory Morgan
Committee Vice Chair
William Allen Jr
Council Chair
Tina Whitfield
Erin Carpenter
Carla Meadows


Operations Challenge Committee



Held at the NC AWWA-WEA November Annual Conference, the Operations Challenge events, four person teams, along with their coach, compete in events that challenge their skills in various wastewater related activities. The winner is determined by a weighted point system. At the National WEFTEC level, there are five events in the Operations Challenge: Collection System, Laboratory, Process Control, Pump Maintenance, and Safety. The 2014 NC AWWA-WEA Operations Challenge Competition will be the first NC AWWA-WEA competition to include all five events.

The Collection System Event simulates the connecting of a 4-inch PVC lateral sewer to an existing 8-inch PVC sewer pipe while in service and the simulated Closed Circuit TV Inspection of a gravity sewer line using NASSCO standards.

The Pump Maintenance Event features a submersible pump and submersible mixer that will have to be serviced, have the mechanical seals replaced, and be “placed back into service”.

During the Laboratory Event teams will setup and perform a simulated BOD analysis using YSI instruments.

The Process Control Event is a timed event giving teams the opportunity to demonstrate their accumulated knowledge and skill in the areas of wastewater treatment plant process control, collections system operation, maintenance, safety, and troubleshooting through a written test including multiple choice questions and short math questions.

In the Safety Event team members must work together to simultaneously complete two simulated work-site rescues. The first rescue includes a confined space entry to rescue a co-worker who has collapsed in a manhole. The second rescue is for a different worker who has a heart attack at the work site.

Overall winners from the Operations Challenge will be eligible to compete in the National WEF competition at WEFTEC.

Equipment donations are usually needed to make the annual competition possible. A list of needed equipment is typically available in the summer before the Annual Conference. Equipment donors are recognized as sponsors of the Operations Challenge events.



Committee Chair

Greg Morgan


Committee Vice Chair

Billy Allen


Past Recipients


2019 Operations Challenge Results


Overall Results
1st: Predaturds (Union County Public Works)

2nd: Women of Water (Charlotte Water)

Collections Event
1st Predaturds (Union County Public Works)

Maintenance Event
1st Predaturds (Union County Public Works)


Laboratory Event
1st Women of Water (Charlotte Water) 


Process Control Event

1st Women of Water (Charlotte Water) 



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