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Led by CH2Mer, team KSB-USA takes the gold at Open German Championship in Wastewater Technology

U.S. wastewater experts representing Team KSB-USA finish first place over teams around the world at German ops challenge!

It’s not a rematch of the Munich Olympics, but it is the Olympics of wastewater, and Team USA is coming home with the gold! Team KSB-USA, led by their coach Dave Vogel from CH2M, was awarded the gold medal in Munich, Germany as the overall winner of the third Open German Championship in Wastewater Technology.

The all-star Operations Challenge team competed against 36 teams from six countries as part of IFAT 2016—the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management—which ran May 30 to June 3.

Organized by the Water Environment Federation and sponsored by KSB, Inc., the U.S. team included Massachusetts native CH2M Coach Vogel and wastewater professionals Dale Burrow, Texas; Donnie Cagle, North Carolina; and Steve Motley, Virginia.

“We are extremely pleased with the results and the overall experience,” said Vogel. “What is most significant to us is what we have learned, the friends we have made and how all of the participants, along with all operators around the world, will continue to perform this important work every day in their own communities.”



During the intense two-day competition, the teams were judged in the core competencies of wastewater operations.

These are key areas that CH2M excels in when delivering client services.

  • Work safety and protection of health
  • Scheduled and unscheduled maintenance
  • Instrumentation and control and operational monitoring
  • Process control

Team KSB-USA accumulated the most combined points from each individual discipline to take first place.

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