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k5°VT 4 <br /> A".4 . <br /> L17 PrAcr, -y <br /> _ =fL <br /> 1$fi5 <br /> Office of the Mayor <br /> MEDIA RELEASE <br /> Friday,May 19, 2006 <br /> CONTACT: Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or <br /> 876-1564 <br /> Jack Dillon, Director of Environmental Services, 277-8515 <br /> Mark Rzepnicki, Wastewater Challenge Vice Chair, 277-8515 <br /> 2006 Wastewater Challenge A Success! <br /> The City of South Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant hosted fifteen teams of wastewater <br /> treatment professionals for two days of education, training, and fun! The Annual Wastewater <br /> Challenge, which tests teams from across Indiana in five disciplines of wastewater treatment, <br /> concluded last week with the Awards Breakfast, where Fort Wayne Team #2 was awarded the 1st <br /> Place Trophy,with Shelbyville coming in second and South Bend placing third in the overall <br /> competition. In addition, South Bend's Team #1 won the laboratory event and Team 92 tied for <br /> 2nd place. The Team Spirit Award was presented to Brownsburg/West Central Conservancy <br /> District for demonstrating the most enthusiasm and teamwork. The Spirit Spade award went to <br /> the Southern Indiana Operators Association's second team (SIOA/20), for showing the most <br /> spirit. The Guardian of Environment award was presented to Gary Merriman, Superintendent of <br /> the Fort Wayne Sewer Department for overcoming the most obstacles to participate in the <br /> Challenge. <br /> The Wastewater Challenge is an annual event that uses hands-on and written experiments <br /> to test wastewater professionals on the skills they have acquired through professional training <br /> and during day-to-day activities. This year's challenge events included lab, collection system, <br /> safety, operation & maintenance, and residuals. As Challenge champions in 2001, 2002, and <br />