The tenth annual competition took place last month in Los Angeles as part of WEFTEC 2011.
The University of Wyoming team’s project, Preliminary design for upgrading the littleton/englewood wastewater treatment plant for phosphorus removal, won in the wastewater design category and the University of Florida team's project, Stormwater cycling design options in an urban industrial watershed, won in the environmental design category. This was the first win for the University of Wyoming (a student chapter of the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association) and the sixth win for the University of Florida (a student chapter of the Florida Water Environment Association) in ten years.
The competition promotes ‘real world’ design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in water/wastewater engineering and sciences. It tasks individuals or teams of students within a WEF student chapter to prepare a design to help solve a local water quality issue. Teams evaluate alternatives, perform calculations, and recommend the most feasible solution based on experience, economics, and feasibility.