DESTIN, Fla. (May 6, 2019) – Destin Water Users, Inc. (DWU) recently attended the 2019 Florida Water Resources Conference where they placed first in the 2019 Florida Regional Ops Challenge.
Known as the “Olympics of the Wastewater Industry,” the Ops Challenge follows teams of four as they compete in a series of events, including process control, laboratory, maintenance, collections, and safety in an effort to secure a spot at the national competition held at The Water Environment Federation’s 92nd Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC). The five events are representative of the skillset an Operator should have.
Participating teams were asked to label themselves with a creative team name for the conference, in which DWU competed under the name “Positive Influents” against other company teams from St. Petersburg, Orange County, Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Polk County. They were one of the smallest and only private organizations competing in their third Ops Challenge, representing the 65 employees of DWU.
Lead by Logan Law, DWU Wastewater Operations Superintendent, the team placed first in both the process control and laboratory events then took first place overall in this year’s Ops Challenge, automatically entering them to compete in this year’s national competition.
“We always enjoy attending these events every year, being able to network, connect, and compete with other industry professionals in the state,” Law said. “We’re going against bigger cities with bigger resources, and sometimes we have to use our imagination when training in order to come out on top.”