COMPETITION - March 20th - 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, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. 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 13, 2017
Sign up using the entry form at the bottom of this page
The Illinois AWWA Section assists with travel costs for the winning team to compete in ACE. For 2017 the travel reimbursement is estimated to be up to $1500.00 per team member. 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: 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.
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 14, 2017 and submit your hotel bill receipt after the conference for reimbursement. If you have any registration questions, please call the Illinois Section AWWA offices at 866-521-3595 x3