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Save the Date for
Texas Water 2025!

March 18-21, 2025
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas


  TW24 Program   

Awards Program



Cheer on competitors at these Texas WaterTM 2024 events!

Best-Tasting Drinking Water Contest
Thursday, April 11, 1:30 pm-3 pm, Exhibit Hall
The Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest brings together entries representing utilities across Texas. A panel of celebrity judges will grade the samples. Along with Texas bragging rights, the winning entrant competes at AWWA ACE24 in Anaheim, CA, in June.

Best Tasting Drinking Water Registration Has Now Closed

Biosolids Beauty Contest
Wednesday, April 10, 3 pm-3:30 pm, Exhibit Hall
Biosolids Beauty Contest is coming to 2024 Texas Water in Fort Worth. Categories include Class B, Class A/AB, Overall Winner, People’s Choice and Most Creative Presentation.

Biosolids Beauty Contest Registration Has Now Closed

Hydrant Hysteria
Wednesday, April 10, 9:30 am-4 pm, Exhibit Hall
Thursday, April 11, 9:30 am-4 pm, Exhibit Hall

Hydrant Hysteria is a fast-paced competition where two-member teams assemble a specified hydrant as quickly as they can. The Section winners will compete at AWWA ACE24 in Anaheim, CA, in June.

Hydrant Hysteria Registration Has Now Closed

Junior Meter Challenge
Wednesday, April 10, 1 pm-2:30 pm, Exhibit Hall
The Junior Meter Challenge Contest matches students from high school environmental programs, for a test of their meter-assembling skills and dexterity in the Exhibit Hall from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Please support these future water professionals by attending on Wednesday.

Meter Challenge
Wednesday, April 10, 2:30 pm-4:30 pm, Exhibit Hall
Contestants race to assemble a 5/8-inch meter from loose parts and test for leaks. The winner represents Texas at
AWWA ACE24 in Anaheim, CA. Limited to 12 competitors.

Meter Challenge Registration Has Now Closed

Operations Challenge
Wednesday, April 10, 8 am–Thursday, April 11, 2:45 pm
Thursday, April 11, 2:45 pm: Awards Ceremony

Watch the nation’s best operators and maintenance staff compete in the Operations Challenge Competition at Texas Water 2024. This multi-day competition challenges utility teams to test their knowledge in different aspects of their day-to-day responsibilities. Operations Challenge is composed of five individual events that carry over to nationals. In addition, Texas has created additional exhibition events to provide other opportunities for teams to compete. The competitions include:

Freese and Nichols Process Controls Event: Teams will complete a written test consisting of short math and process scenario questions, electronic multiple- choice questions, and process simulation.
Hartwell Environmental Laboratory Event: Analyzing and determining total suspended solids, conductivity / TDS and performing solids mass balance across a treatment system.
Walter Chiang Maintenance Event Sponsored by STV: The purpose of this event is to test the skills of a maintenance team to respond to trouble at a wastewater lift station that has resulted in an alarm.
AECOM Collection System Event: Teams are required to cut out a section of an 8-inch PVC wastewater pipe with water flowing through it, drill and install a 4-inch service saddle in the replacement pipe, cut and install the replacement section with couplings. Programming of an automated sampler is required.
Carollo Safety Event: Teams will be required to rescue unconscious workers from a simulated manhole. Team members will set up a retrieval system, perform a permit required confined space entry, rescue the downed workers, perform CPR while recovering the second victim.
Gupta Electrical Event: A race to troubleshoot a lift station control panel and power supply.
Seepex Exhibition Event: Competitors will race to replace the stator and rotor in a seepex Smart Conveying Technology (SCT) pump.
Victaulic Exhibition Event: A race to put together a style 31 coupling tree arrangement using Victaulic couplings, pipes, and drill drivers.
Awards Ceremony: Awards for the Operations Challenge Competition, Biosolids Beauty Contest and other operations-focused awards will be handed out at the Operations Awards Ceremony at 2:45 pm.

Operations Challenge Registration Has Now Closed

Pipe Tapping Contest
Thursday, April 11, 9:30 am-4 pm, Exhibit Hall
Four-person teams from across the state compete to determine who will represent Texas at the National Pipe Tapping Competition at
AWWA ACE24 in Anaheim, CA.

Pipe Tapping Registration Has Now Closed

Texas Fastest Saw Cut Competition, Open to All!
Wednesday, April 10, 3:30 pm-5 pm, Exhibit Hall, Ops Challenge Area
Who is the fastest draw on cutting a piece of 8-inch SDR 35 pipe with a hand saw? It’s time to show who really has the quickest hands in Texas at the annual Texas Fastest Saw Cut. This competition is designed to demonstrate elements of the Operations Challenge’s Collection event. The event is open to all. The $5 entry fee proceeds go to CurtisSmalley Memorial Fund. First place in all events will receive a plaque. Contact Grace Sober at gdsober@lan-inc.com for more information and to sign up.

Top Ops
Thursday, April 11, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Exhibit Hall
Water operations personnel can impress their co-workers and dazzle their bosses with their technical knowledge by competing in this quiz show-style event. The winning team advances to the National Top Ops Competition in June at
AWWA ACE24 in Anaheim, CA.

Top Ops Registration Has Now Closed