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COMPETITION - March 19th - Monday - 5:00 pm - Exhibit Hall (During Meet N Greet)

Top Ops is a contest between water treatment operators to showcase their talents by competing against each other in a competitive, fast-paced question-and-answer tournament. Questions encompass all aspects of water operations and treatment, comparable to the water operator certification exam. A moderator poses a variety of multiple choice questions to a panel of teams, each of which attempts to respond correctly using a white board to write the letter corresponding to their response. The team correctly answering the most questions in the final round is awarded a trophy and a chance to represent the Illinois AWWA Section at the national conference in June, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.  Member Competitors who sign up ahead of time get a FREE Full Conference Registration and are eligible for reimbursement of $60.00 per person for accommodations.

Deadline for free conference registration is February 15, 2018
Sign up using the entry form at the bottom of this page
Once you are signed up, we will process your WATERCON registration and send you confirmation via email.

The Illinois AWWA Section assists with travel costs for the winning team to compete in ACE. To see the travel policy for ACE - CLICK HERE.  Teams can consist of one, two, or three operators and do not have to be from the same utility. In order to complete locally, you do not need to be a member of AWWA. However, if you compete at the national level, you will be required to be an AWWA member, an employee of a utility member, or organization member of AWWA. You do not need to be from the same Utility, but team members must work full time as a water treatment plant employee, a water distribution system employee, or in a first-line supervisor capacity. They must also possess a valid operator, laboratory, or distribution certificate.




First Place City of Elgin
Mike Bourgerie
Brad Huerta
Eddie Ramos
41 points
Second Place City of Highland Park
Insane in the Membranes

Marianne Evangelista
Chris Cizek

Gale Young

24 points
Third Place City of Rock Island Rapids
John Kitson
Kelly Miles
Jason Upton
20 points



First Place: 34 Points - City of Elgin
Team Members:
Mike Bourgerie, Brad Huerta, Eddie Ramos


Second Place: 23 points - Moline Water Warriors
Team Members:
Bob Bohannon, Tony Loete, Barry Kahl


Third Place: 21 points - Lake Forest Membrane Masters
Team Members: 
John Gulledge, Jose Diaz, Dan Draeger


Fourth Place - 9 points - Capital City Clarifiers
Team Members:
Kenneth McCart, Jeff Coalson, Mark Pirok

WATERCON2015:  Can you say REPEAT????



Four teams competed in Top Ops in 2015:  Elgin Aquitards, Lake Forest Membrane Masters, Rockford Water & Team H20.  Elgin kicked it in to win strong, squeaking by with a 2 point lead.


Congratulations Aquitards!




WATERCON2014: City of Elgin Defends it Title!!




Illinois Section AWWA will reimburse you $60.00 per night per person for contestants during the conference. You must pre-register for Top Ops by February 12, 2018 and submit your hotel bill receipt after the conference in a timely manner for reimbursement. If you have any registration questions, please call the Illinois Section AWWA offices at 866-521-3595 x3

Not requesting housing stipend or complimentary registration.
Participants can sign up to compete at any time including on site if there is availability and do not need to be a member. There is no complimentary registration or rooming stipend.

Participants requesting housing stipend and complimentary registration.
A full registration with meals will be given to participants as well as a $60.00 per night reimbursement will be granted to those who follow the guidelines below.
1. Must be a current ISAWWA individual member or employee of an organizational member prior to Feb 15th deadline of early registration.
2. Each contest allows one night stipend of $60.00 per competitor. To collect the $60.00, proof of the cost of a room needs to be emailed to the Section office with an expense form completed. It is preferred that we reimburse the employers. Participants are eligible for more than one contest and would be eligible for multiple stipends.
3. Competitors must sign up to compete prior to Feb 15th.
4. Competitors that sign up prior to Feb 15th will receive full complimentary registration with meals.

Timely submission - All expense reports with receipts need to be submitted within 30 days after completion of travel. Travel expense reports are available from the Section office or utility required reports are generally accepted.

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