Massachusetts Water Environment Association (MAWEA)

The Massachusetts Water Environment Association (MAWEA) is seeking donations and sponsors to support the Massachusetts Operations Challenge team MASS CHAOS to compete at this years WEFTEC Ops Challenge event. WEFTEC is the largest water quality exhibition in the world with over 20,000 attendees! What is Operations Challenge? Operations Challenge is the Wastewater Olympics for professionals in the wastewater industry. Four team members compete in 5 different events:

  1. Maintenance: Perform maintenance on and operation of a KSB submersible pump
  2. Collection Systems: Connect a 4 PVC lateral sewer to an existing 8 PVC sewer pipe
  3. Safety: Respond to an unconscious worker at the bottom of a confined space
  4. Process Control: 20 minute written wastewater skills test and a 15 minute process simulator test
  5. Laboratory: Analyze TSS and TDS and calculate solids mass balance across a treatment system

The team represents the great work done by all wastewater personnel in Massachusetts. They spend a lot of personal time training to perform on the national stage at the highest level. It costs approximately $10,000 dollars for travel, lodging, and training. They deserve our support!

This year’s team consists of Scott Urban (Holyoke), Kelly Olanyk (Springfield), Roel Figueroa (Holyoke), Paul Russell (Russell Resources), and their coach Mike Williams (Holyoke).


All donators and sponsors will receive recognition in the MA WEA Newsletter and online at MA Donations of $300 and up will have their company names printed on the teams competition shirts. Deadline is September 9th.  Checks can be made out to MA WEA and sent to 10 Tower Office Park Suite 601 Woburn, MA 01801. Questions – contact or 781-939-0908