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The Wastewater Challenge is a national competition held in conjunction with the WEF Residuals and Biosolids Conference. This hands-on competition requires teams of students to treat agricultural runoff from a biosolids compost facility in order to protect a wetland ecosystem, using an assortment of household products. The challenge is an opportunity for students from across the nation to work collaboratively, problem solve, and design an emergency wastewater treatment system by applying traditional wastewater treatment principles learned in the classroom to an extraordinary situation that requires true and innovative “outside the box” thinking.

The next Wastewater Challenge is scheduled to be held in conjunction with the Residuals and Biosolids Conference held May 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. Additional information on the 2013 event will be forthcoming.


The 2011 Wastewater Challenge held in Sacramento, California on May 22, 2011 was a success! Please see below for Challenge details from the 2011 event.

 

Competition Scenario:
Hands-on competition requires teams of students to treat agricultural runoff from a biosolids compost facility in order to protect a wetland ecosystem, using an assortment of household products.  The challenge is an opportunity for students from across the nation to work collaborataively, problem solve, and design an emergency wastewater treatment system by applying traditional wastewater treatment principles learned in the classroom to an extraordinary situation.


2011 Competition Schedule:

7:00 - 8:00 am        Team Check-In Badge pick-up and unload design materials
8:00 - 10:00 am Event Begins Teams set-up their design
10:00 - 12:00 Noon  Team Presentations Each team will present their design
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch Box lunch provided to team members
1:30 - 2:30 pm Teams to Run Systems  Teams run their design
2:30 - 5:00 pm

Break Down

Team cleanup

Amended Guideline (PDF)  (as of 3/7/11)
Guideline Q&A's       (PDF)   (current as of 3/7/11)

2011 Participating Teams:

 

California State University - Fullerton

University of California, Irvine 

 California State University - Sacramento

 University of California, Los Angeles

 Cal Poly Pomona

 University of California, San Diego

Cal Poly Sol

 University of Southern California

Colorado State University

 Washington State University

 New Mexico Tech

 Wentworth Institute of Technology

2011 Team Reminders:

  • *Submit Team Design Report - Due April 1
  • *Chemical Products Usage Form - WEF Requires - Due May 1
  • *Material Safety Data Sheet - Due May 1
  • Team members must pre-register for conference online - By May 1
  • Team members must check-in onsite at 7 am - May 22

2011 Grand Prize:

GOLD Level Benefits at $1,000:
• Sign recognition at sponsored event
• Sponsorship signage identifying your company as a sponsor
• Logo on official Wastewater Challenge T-Shirt
• Logo with sponsorship listing in conference program
• Logo and hyperlink with online sponsorship listing at www.wef.org
• One company representative to serve on judging panel for the Wastewater Challenge

SILVER Level Benefits at $500:
• Sign recognition at sponsored event
• Sponsorship signage identifying your company as a sponsor
• Logo on official Wastewater Challenge T-Shirt
• Company name with sponsorship listing in conference program
• Company name and hyperlink with online sponsorship listing at www.wef.org


For information on sponsorship opportunities for the Wastewater Challenge, contact:
Sarah Evans, Exhibition Sales Coordinator
Phone: 703.684.2400 x 7739, or
Email: SEvans@wef.org