Top Ops Team Places High in National Competition

Posted Friday, July 06, 2018

Skagit PUD’s three-person team from our water treatment plant placed seventh out of 19 teams in the Top Ops competition held June 14 at the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

This is the first time Skagit PUD has fielded a Top Ops team.

Top Ops is the “college bowl” of the water industry. Teams of one, two or three water operators or lab personnel from all AWWA Sections compete against each other in a fast-paced question-and-answer tournament.

A moderator poses a broad range of technical questions and math problems, and the team scoring the most points in the championship round is awarded the Top Ops Championship. 

Skagit PUD placed first in the Pacific Northwest AWWA Section competition in April, beating teams from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

AWWA-Conference

 (L-R) Water Quality Coordinator Emilia Blake, WTP Operators Riley Smith and
Gary Tollefson at the Top Ops competition.