Top-Ops Is Back—Join Us At Monday's Meet & Greet
Larry Thomas, Top-Ops Committee Chair
Top-Ops competition is back again in our favorite slot…Monday’s Meet &
Greet Reception. Please join us either
as a participant or as a spectator.
year, teams sponsored by Elgin, Lake Forest, and the independent Team H20
tussled for the trophy, with Elgin winning the pot. We are still open for teams for this March,
so please sign up.
is pretty simple. It is a contest
between teams of water treatment operators. Questions asked of the contestants
encompass all aspects of water supply, treatment, and distribution, and are
comparable to those on the water operator certification exam. A moderator poses a variety of multiple
choice questions to the panel of teams each of which attempts to respond
correctly using a white board to write the letter corresponding to their
response. Each team that presents a
correct answer scores a point. If the answer is wrong, they lose a point. The rules are easy, the questions are
can consist of one, two, or three operators.
The operators on a team do not have to be from the same utility. You can put a team together representing a
utility, a county, a local operators’ association, or a group of friends. In order to compete in Springfield, operators
do not need to be members of AWWA. They
do need to work full time as a water treatment plant employee, a water
distribution system employee, or as a first-line supervisor. Engineers, upper-level supervisors who do not
work as a day-to-day operator are precluded from participating as an official
team. (We will allow some "spring
training” teams, but those teams are not officially entered and are not allowed
Conference registration is complimentary for participants for the day of the
competition (Tuesday). ISAWWA will also
provide one room night accommodation for the contestants during the conference
with double occupancy. Additionally, the
Illinois Section will assist with travel costs for the winning team to compete
at the AWWA conference.
consider putting a team together for this coming WaterCon and give Elgin
something to worry about. If you have
any questions, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-355-0923.