District Employees Shine at National WEFTEC Conference

For the second year in a row, our Mesquite Rangers operations team competed in the wastewater operations challenge at the national WEFTEC conference in Chicago. The competition is designed to bring together some of the best wastewater collection and treatment personnel in the world to display their skills in collection systems, laboratory, process control, maintenance, and safety. Our team, all from the South Mesquite Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, set new personal records and gave a strong showing against the other groups.

Also at the conference, Jenna Covington, our Assistant Deputy Director of Wastewater, Scott Hoelzle, our Wastewater Conveyance System Manager and Ken Hall from CH2M co-presented “Better Together: Regional Collaboration and CMOM in North Texas.” Their seminar highlighted the ways that NTMWD is working with our wastewater member cities to implement a regional CMOM program (Capacity, Management, Operation, and Maintenance) to streamline and integrate regional and city system plans, projects and operations – ultimately saving our communities money by ensuring continued regulatory compliance and a more reliable system.

The conference, put on by the Water Environment Federation, is the world’s largest annual water quality technical conference and exhibition, providing extensive educational opportunities and unparalleled access to the field’s most cutting-edge technologies and services.

WEFTEC CHICAGO 2017 from ATN STUDIO on Vimeo. Look for our team at the 1:26 an 1:57 marks.

L-R: James Cantrell, Rey Davila (captain), Charlie Lloyd, Keenan Towns, and Zachary Jackson


Charlie Lloyd cuts through the pipe while James Cantrell drills a hole in the background.

Charlie, Zachary and James seal the new section of pipe.

Charlie and Keenan perform maintenance on a pump.