2018 Training, Exhibition & Operator Competition
Our Annual Event Proves a Great Success Again, and Increasingly Popular!

Everyone had a great time at this year’s OCWA Operator Training, Product Exhibition, and Operator Competition! Plans are already underway for next year’s event.

Special thanks are due to the many Sponsors and Exhibitors who participated in this year’s event. All their names are listed in the box on the next page. Without the generous support of our Sponsors, and the dedicated attention of the Exhibitors, our event would have been nowhere near the success we all enjoyed. We are especially indebted to Irvine Ranch Water District, for generously hosting our event at Rattlesnake Reservoir.

There was lot to learn and even more fun to be had at this year’s annual event. We had over 200 operators attend the event, and almost 100 participate in our two, one hour training sessions. Each participant earned 2 contact hours.

In the first hour, Scott Bennett of Romac Industries, led the group through a compre­hensive look at Pipe Repair, Pipe Restraint, and Pipe Tapping. After a review of the correct procedures for product installation and the basic principles of pipe repair, Bennet demonstrated several new products recently on the market, including how to perform a one-inch service tap on PVC pipe, and the new Alpha Pipe Restraint, in which a simulated pipe burst was demonstrated.

This presentation was followed by a discussion led by Nolan Foran of Clow Valve Co. on Fire Hydrants: History, Operations, and Maintenance. This extensive examination began with the history of fire hydrants, then moved to the various styles of hydrants in use across the nation, their installation requirements, proper maintenance, and how to isolate and troubleshoot various issues that may arise.

Afterwards, participants expressed appreciation for both the discussions and the demonstrations, and commented that both presentations were very informative.

Once again, this year’s Pipe Tapping Contest was a spirited, exciting contest. The winning team, City of Huntington Beach #2: HB Tappers, finished with a remarkable time of 1:25, while the second place team, City of Huntington Beach #1: Surf City Tappers, clocked in at 1:27. Third place went to City of Santa Ana #1: West Coast Tappers, with a time of 1:29, while the City of Anaheim: Tapping Monkeys finished fourth with a time of 1:35. Rounding out the bracket was Yorba Linda Water District: So Cal Tappers, with a fifth place time of 2:15, while City of Santa Ana #2: Cool Arrows, placed sixth with a time of 2:49.

Special thanks to Boyd Schultz with Laguna Beach County Water District and Barry Crawford, a judge with the California-Nevada Competition, who organized and ran the Pipe Tapping Contest. They were ably assisted by Van Mesa and Mark Baltazak, from the City of Signal Hill; Carlos Olivar, Darin Strain, and Gil Sanchez, City of Anaheim; and Robert Aranda, from LBCWD.

This year saw the return of the Horseshoe Competition. This year’s event was organized and run by Fred Ojedia and Mike Carreon from Yorba Linda Water District. The spirited event was won by a team from El Toro Water District, with a Yorba Linda Water District team in close second place.

Though a number of late entrants were turned away from this year’s competition, plans are in the works to expand the competi­tion to accommodate all who wish to enter.

The morning’s educational sessions and competi­tions were capped off with a delicious lunch catered by Blake’s Place of Anaheim, followed by an opportunity drawing with a great range of prizes, every­thing from a DeWalt Drill to a Husky Tool Set, assorted gift cards, and four tickets to one of the last Angel Baseball games of the season (with parking!) courtesy of Michael Baker International.

All agreed, it was a great day of education and compe­ti­tion, and every­one left look­ing forward to next year’s event. And please, if you have suggestions for next year’s event, contact the OCWA Board. We look forward to hearing from you.

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