Operators Division CA-NV AWWA:
Who Are We and What Do We Do?
By Larry Lyford, Chair, Operators Division, CA-NV, AWWA, Helix Water District
We are a group of water professionals
who are primarily involved
in treatment and/or distribution
operations. We organize five main events/
awards to highlight operator talents, skills,
and accomplishments and pass on knowledge.
The following is a brief description
TOP OPS Challenge: Our Top Ops
Committee coordinates and conducts the
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Annual TOP OPS Challenge at every Spring
Conference. This is a great opportunity to
get involved with the Division in a very fun
way, either through joining the Committee
or as a member of a contest team. It’s also
a good way to increase your knowledge of
water treatment or system operations and
have fun while doing it.
Operator Competitions: Our Operator
Competitions Committee coordinates and
conducts the Annual Pipe Tapping, Hot
Flare, and Meter Madness Competitions at
every Spring Conference. These competitions
showcase the tremendous talents
of the field crews. These teams complete
entire challenges of tapping a main and
installing all of the appurtenances to the
meter, completing a hot flare, or assembling
a meter from parts in a bucket in less time
than it takes most people to open their tool
box — now that is fast.
Gimmicks and Gadgets: This award is
making a comeback in the Division. If that
whatchamacallit you invented is saving your
utility time and money, it could earn you a
little pocket change. Send us your ideas and
you may just get an award for it.
Operator Awards: The Operators Division
solicits candidates for the Top Operator
(formally the Bernard A. Miller Award)
and the Operator Meritorious Awards for
Treatment and Distribution Operators.
These awards are a way of recognizing
the outstanding operators we have in the
Technical Sessions: The Operators
Division solicits and plans presentations
from the unique perspective of operators.
In particular, we try to focus on passing
on lessons learned. Our goal is to share
what does and does not work, so we all
become better in this incredible career of
So now that you know who we are and what
we do, come join us at the next convention
you attend. You will meet some great people
and have an opportunity to learn and grow