The BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show provides an opportunity for BC’s operators to compete and share their skills and knowledge, and to be recognized for their outstanding performance as water and wastewater professionals. This year's Operator Challenge will take place on Sunday, May 26, 2019.


Teams of three operators will take on the four round robin events and knowledge challenge that are planned for this year’s competition, all covering the topics of water distribution, water treatment, wastewater collection and wastewater treatment. Each event is described below.




1:15 - 2:00 pm: Team Welcome and Event Orientation

Teams review the equipment and the judging criteria for each of the events


2:15 - 4:45 pm: Round robin events

  • Water Treatment Process
  • Water Main Tapping
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Process Simulation
  • Wastewater Collection


5:00 - 5:30 pm: "Test the Waters" Challenge

Occurs during the Operator Reception (5:00 - 6:00 pm)


5:45 pm: BCWWA Operator Challenge: Water Wars 2019 Champions Announced




Please complete the application form by Friday, April 26, 2019. Full event details will be sent to participating teams once they have completed the online registration form.





Water Main Tapping

The water main tapping event will simulate the connection of a water service line to a live water system and the testing of all connections. Teams will be judged on their raw time as well as all connections and leakage under pressure, fitting position and mounting, compliance with all instructions/ procedures and safe work practices.


Water Treatment Process

In this event operators will be given a sample of process water and a pre-made flocculent solution to work with. Each team will have up to 30 minutes to find the optimal flocculent dose for their process water sample in order to treat it to the specifications that all teams will be given. Once the ideal dosage has been identified, participants will need to put their heads together to crunch some numbers and quantify their results.


Wastewater Collection

This event requires the connection of a 4 inch PVC lateral sewer to an existing 8 inch PVC sewer pipe. Teams will be judged on their raw time to complete the event, the position and tightness of the sewer service replacement section and all connections and safe work practices.


Wastewater Treatment Plant Process Simulator

This event will use the Hydromantis wastewater treatment plant simulator. Teams will be given a wastewater plant simulation with a series of plant process parameters and be required to change plant control settings in various stages of the process to bring the plant into compliance.


'Test the Waters' Knowledge Challenge

Following the above round robin events will be the ‘Test the Waters’ competition, where the teams - and spectators - will once again use interactive software to answer a series of questions that will be taken from the ABC Need to Know Criteria.


Operator Reception

The whole thing will be wrapped up at the Operator Reception, where the winners will be announced and attendees can connect with operators from across BC and the Yukon (included in Operator-type passes)