Nathan Lavallee, who works for the town of Milton; Erik Bailey, Winooski; Brian Mattison, Hinesburg; and Dick Perez of Hoyle and Tanner Engineering in Burlington competed in the national wastewater professionals competition during the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference in Los Angeles earlier this month. Their team, called the New England Water Environment Association VorTechs, took part in the event that tested diverse skills needed by operators of wastewater treatment facilities and their laboratories.
“Speed, safety and accuracy were priorities as the team repaired pumps and pipes, rescued a simulated unconscious person from a manhole and performed laboratory tests for water purity,” the Burlington Free Press reports. Of the 37 team that competed, the Vermont contingent finished in the middle of the pack, reports the Free Press.
Bailey, Winooski’s Water Pollution Control Superintendent, is a 2006 Vermont Local Roads Management Academy graduate.
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