Lowell, Ark. — Accolades go out to the Southwest Section American Water Works Association’s Top Ops team. They tied for 6th place in North America among a field that included 19 teams on June 10th in Anaheim, Calif., during their first national competition. Team members (from left) Frank Blowers, Nicole Bridges and Dustin Mayhew all work for Beaver Water District (BWD). Blowers of Pea Ridge is a Maintenance Mechanic II, Bridges of Lowell is a Laboratory Analyst, and Mayhew of Springdale is a Plant Operator II. Combined, they bring together more than 30 years of experience in the water field to the Top Ops competition.
“The impressive thing to me is that they won two preliminary rounds, among three teams, and finished second in their other preliminary round. Excellent! I am very proud of their achievement,” said Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO of Beaver Water District.
Top Ops is the “College Bowl” or “Jeopardy!” of the water industry, where teams of water operators from all American Water Works Association (AWWA) sections compete against each other in a competitive question-and-answer tournament. A moderator poses a broad range of technical questions that involve all aspects of water operations, from basic science, public health and drinking water standards to water treatment plant operations and maintenance practices, water quality, water distribution practices, pumps and hydraulics, and laboratory procedures. Math questions are also included.
The Top Ops Challenge is designed to promote excellence and professionalism and provide an opportunity for water professionals to showcase their talents in all aspects of water operations. Established in 1881, AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. For more information, visit awwa.org.