Operations Challenge

Operations Challenge, the water sector's premier skills competition, is unmatched in delivering cross training, team building, and professional development.

Maine Team: Force Maine

Current members: Jeff Warden (Captain), Dan Munsey, Mike Szuter, Jeremy Court


Call for a new team member!

March 10, 2023

MEWEA Members:

Are you an operator? Are you good at it? Do you think you've got what it takes to compete against some of the best operators in the country? Would you like an opportunity to network with others in your field and forge relationships that will last an entire career? How about an opportunity for growth and self improvement? Do you like to have fun? Wanna go to Saratoga Springs? If so, we need you. Force Maine, the MEWEA sponsored Operations Challenge Team, needs a new member. 

This year the competition is being held at the joint NEWEA/NYWEA conference in Saratoga, New York. All expenses are paid for team members. The top 3 teams from NEWEA will qualify for the national competition, which includes a free trip to WEFTEC in Chicago!

For 2023, practices will take place at the Brunswick Sewer District. Practice times and get-togethers are noted below. It is not mandatory to make 100% of the practices, but it is certainly preferred. The schedule may be modified slightly as the season progresses.

Operations Challenge Training Day - March 30-31, Holyoke, MA.
Monday, March 27th 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch and Video Review
Wednesdays - April 12, 26, May 10, 24 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fridays - April 12, 26, May 2 9:00 a.m - Noon
Mandatory OPS Challenge Event at NEWEA/NYWEA - June 6th through June 9th

If you are up to the challenge, please reach out to Rob Pontau at [email protected]. The selected member will be chosen based on availability and experience, but don't delay. It may end up being a first come-first served situation!

Do you accept the challenge?

Robert A. Pontau Jr., PE

General Manager
Brunswick Sewer District


New England Water Environment Association's (NEWEA) Operations Challenge Page

Water Environment Association's (WEF) Operations Challenge Page