PWO Operations Challenge

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To recognize excellence and professionalism in wastewater treatment, operations, maintenance, laboratory, safety and collection systems personnel. 

Nature of Competition

All teams will compete in all events.  Each event will be judged and scored separately against established criteria.  The scores of all events will be totaled to determine the champion team. 

Five separate competitive events will be held.

a. Pump Maintenance: One of your pumps at your station has failed, the decision is made to install a Godwin Pump as a reliable back up.  First the Godwin Pump must be fuller services and tested.  Then it will be positioned and connected to the pump station. The Godwin Pump will now be the back up pump. 

b. Collection System: Teams will be required to cut out a section of an 8″ PVC sewer pipe with water flowing through it, drill and install a 4″ service saddle into the replacement pipe, cut and install the replacement section with couplings and program a Hach Sampler.

c. Safety: Teams will be required to rescue a downed co-worker from a simulated manhole. Team members will set up a retrieval system, fill out the required confined space entry permit, place retrieval harness on the downed co-worker and remove him from the manhole. As you begin setting up the rescue effort another co-worker has a heart attack and must be revived using an AED. 

d. Process Control: The process control event consists of answering a number of multiple choice questions, some short math questions with multiple choice answers, and up to five operational type scenarios that have four to six questions each that may require considerable calculation.

e. Laboratory: Analyzing and determining alkalinity and ammonia values as prices control tools for operation of aerobic wastewater treatment plant.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Spring Fling Coordinator

Katherine Collinge


FLIER-NJWEA Spring Fling

 2017 Registration Form[1]

NJWEA Badge Form 2017 Website

2017 Release Form

Teams and Judges