December 2007, Vol. 19, No.12

From the Editors

Operations Forum Editor's Note

Fierce Challengers

This issue contains an entire section recapping Operations Challenge 2007. This year 41 teams from 23 member associations competed. Every year it seems that event times became faster and the crowd’s jaws drop a little more at how amazing this event is. We had to increase our coverage just to keep up.

In addition to the coverage from the magazine here, Operations Forum has posted additional materials here. There will be a complete score sheet including each event and the overall standings as well as a photo gallery to show readers who didn’t attend WEFTEC® what a great competition they missed.

Congratulations to the Division I winners, the Commode Commandos from the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association; and the Division II winners, Force Maine from the New England Water Environment Association.

— Steve Spicer, editor 

Killer Correction

Dear editor,

[In response to the editor’s note in the October issue] I have seen several movies that have used the pipe galleries of wastewater plant as part of their movie set. The untrained eye would not notice, but you can often see pipe labels that say waste activated sludge and such.

One of my favorites, though, is an episode of “The X Files” where a mutant half-man, part-fluke (or something like that), lives in the wastewater plant. They show him swimming in a primary clarifier. [Dan Ferguson, operations supervisor for the Vallejo (Calif.) Sanitation & Flood Control District, wrote in with the name of the X Files episode: “The Host.” He said it was the second episode in season two.] How cool is that!


Tim Brill
Assistant manager
Mishawaka (Ind.) Utilities


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