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Olathe Public Works recognized for wastewater collection

Post Date:09/17/2018

Congratulations to Public Works for being recognized for “outstanding and significant contribution in the area of wastewater collection” by the Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) and Kansas Section of The American Water Works Association’s (KsAWWA).

Additionally, Public Works employees earned third place in the first ever “Hydrant Hysteria” competition and first place in two events at the American Public Works Conference National Equipment "Roadeo."

Outstanding and significant contribution in the area of wastewater collection

Every year at the annual KWEA and KsAWWA joint Conference, KWEA presents an award to the municipality making an “outstanding and significant contribution in the area of wastewater collection”.

The City of Olathe's Utility Maintenance Wastewater Collection Program was the recipient of this year’s award.

Accepting the award on behalf of the 25 full-time and part-time employees within the Wastewater Collection Program was Ira Speer, assistant utility maintenance superintendent, and Chris Dankenbring,team supervisor.

The City of Olathe last won this award in 2011 and 2013.

Ira Speer and Chris Dankenbring

Hydrant Hysteria Competition at the KWEA & KsAWWA Water & Wastewater Conference

“Hydrant Hysteria” is a fast-paced competition where two-member teams assemble a specified fire hydrant as quickly as possible. The competition is a measure of the team’s skill at assembling a hydrant quickly, totally, and accurately. All parts must be assembled in the proper manner, and the reassembled hydrant is tested by the judges to ensure they operate correctly.

Jimmy Althouse, Assistant Utility Maintenance Superintendent, planned and emceed the competition modeled after the American Water Works Associations' national Annual Conference and Exposition Hydrant Hysteria. 

Olathe Public Works had three teams participate with one being the first all female team in Kansas to ever compete!

Olathe Team "Magical Pipes" took 3rd Place Overall 

  • Zach Coburn, Plant Maintenance Tech I
  • Matt Dalsing, Plant Maintenance Tech I

hydrant team

APWA PWX National Equipment Roadeo

Part of the American Public Works Conference included the National Equipment "Roadeo." This competition tested backhoe, excavator, skid-steer, and mechanic skills of participants from all over the United States.

Backhoe, excavator, and skid-steer participants showcased their ability to safely operate their equipment through timed skills courses. 

Mechanic participants were given a written test covering a full spectrum of automotive, medium, and heavy truck topics. Additionally, participants moved through six timed stations testing their mechanic skills and knowledge.

Field Operations claimed two first place spots at the 2018 APWA National Equipment “Roadeo”.

1st Place Mechanic’s Competition

  • Jeff Brotherton, Mechanic IV, Vehicle Maintenance

1st Place Skid-Steer

  • Rick Roberts, Team Supervisor, Street Maintenance

Jeff Brotherton and Rick Roberts

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