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July 2, 2013 > Water District operators rated second in national competition

Water District operators rated second in national competition

Submitted By Frank Jahn

In a national competition held in Denver, Colorado on June 10 and 11, Alameda County Water District (ACWD) water treatment operators demonstrated that they are at the top of their game, purifying tap water delivered to residents and businesses.

A three person team of ACWD water treatment operators recently took part in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Top Operator (Top Ops) competition held at the AWWA National Convention. This competition tests the knowledge and know-how of treatment operators in a "college bowl" format.

Out of 17 teams from around the country, ACWD placed second. "We are incredibly proud of the performance turned in by our team of operators at the AWWA national competition," said Walt Wadlow, ACWD General Manager.

ACWD's water treatment operators are responsible for operating, inspecting, and maintaining the facilities that purify water delivered to residents and businesses in Fremont, Newark, and Union City.

"We pride ourselves on having knowledgeable and well-trained operators that know how to consistently produce water that meets all federal and state regulatory standards," said Steve Peterson, ACWD Manager of Operations and Maintenance. "The performance of the ACWD Top Ops team is an indication that our operators are among the best in the country."

The ACWD team consisted of Luis Cuellar, Scott Lehman, and John Herrick. They earned the right to compete in the national event by winning the California regional Top Ops competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada, March, 2013.

ACWD's team competed successfully in three rounds and semi-final competition to earn the right to meet reigning champions, Team Birmingham from Birmingham, Alabama in the final competition.

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