The committee shall develop, promote, and conduct activities demonstrating skills and knowledge of water professionals. The committee is responsible for coordinating the competition activities at the Annual Conference.

The Operations Challenge Committee coordinates the industry's premier professional skills competition. Held annually at WEFTEC, the event recognizes excellence in wastewater operations. The committee develops and revises the competition protocols that demonstrate the span of skills necessary for contemporary water quality professionals. The event exposes participants to emerging practices and products in a competitive, educational, and social atmosphere. One of the five events is revised each year, making the event dynamic and always exposing the teams to new concepts, products and procedures. Operations Challenge provides a venue that cultivates leadership qualities, for a group that may lack access to more traditional networking and professional development opportunities, and it engages this audience more effectively than any other program in the sector.

Participating teams must be endorsed by their Member Association. Most member associations have a qualifying event to determine their representatives at WEFTEC. The committee facilitates these events by arranging equipment procurement with our corporate partners, volunteer recruitment, and administrative assistance.

To apply to this committee, please go to [email protected] and send an email with the following information:

  • Name
  • WEF ID Number
  • Committee of Interest
  • A short explanation of why you would like to join this committee (1 – 2 sentences)


Jeff Sober, 2022 - 2024
Tel: 214-883-6263
Email: [email protected]

Kim Furry, 2022 - 2024
Tel: 419-234-4507
Email: [email protected]  

Staff Manager
Steve Harrison
Phone: 703-684-2400,ext.7715
Email: [email protected]

WEFTEC 2016 - EPA Ops Challenge Tour

Upcoming Events:

September 29 - October 3, 2018
Morial Covention Center
New Orleans, LA