SACRAMENTO— The “Reservoir Dogs” from Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) will represent the Sacramento region this spring in the American Water Works Association’s challenging Top Ops competition, a fast-paced question-and-answer tournament that pits teams of water treatment and distribution system professionals against each other in the “college bowl” of the water industry.
The Sacramento-area competition, sponsored by the Sacramento Area Water Works Association (SAWWA) on October 20, 2016, challenged three teams of water treatment plant and distribution system operators, from three local water agencies, with a broad range of technical questions and math problems such as, “What is the theoretical detention time (in hours) for a rectangular sedimentation basin that is 80 feet long, 20 feet wide, 10 feet deep and treats a flow of 2.0 MGD?”
SSWD’s Reservoir Dogs (Todd Artrip, Hector Segoviano and Gary Babin) won the championship by correctly answering a math problem that required the team to determine the water flow rate in a 15-inch diameter pipe in gallons per minute when the flow velocity is 1.6 feet per second.
The Reservoir Dogs will now move on to compete against teams from throughout California and Nevada during the American Water Works Association section conference in April 2017 in Anaheim.
The regional competition was sponsored by the SAWWA, a trade association created to advance and implement improvements in knowledge, design, construction, operation, and management of water utilities.