RENO, Nev. – Tom Anthony, Public Works Superintendent from Mattawan, Mich., won first place and Johnny Spencer from Tyrrell County Utilities in North Carolina won second place at the second Are You Smarter Than a Circuit Rider? competition, held Sept. 18 as part of the WaterPro Conference in Reno, Nev.
The 2016 conference debuted the new Are You Smarter Than a Circuit Rider? gameshow, where conference attendees partnered with randomly-drawn Rural Water staff to answer questions about drinking water, wastewater, regulations, utility management and the water industry. The contest drew an energetic crowd that filled the seating area and spilled into standing room around the edges. Are You Smarter Than a Circuit Rider? received a 100% score in WaterPro app, with all respondents indicating that watching the show was time well spent and that they would like to see the event at future conferences.
This year’s competition expanded the number of teams to four, and added a lightening round that pitted teammates against each other to determine the grand prize winner. Anthony won a $7,000 gift card from HD Supply Waterworks for the Michigan Rural Water Association; Spencer won a $3,000 gift card for the North Carolina Rural Water Association.