TAWWA Events

Junior Meter Madness Contest
Tuesday, April 11: 1-2:30 pm, Exhibit Hall
The Junior Meter Madness 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 Tuesday.

Meter Madness Contest
Tuesday, April 11: 2:30-4:30 pm, Exhibit Hall
Contestants race to assemble a 5/8-inch meter from loose parts and test for leaks. The winner represents Texas at the AWWA national competition.

Top Ops
Wednesday, April 12: 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 Philadelphia in June at the AWWA Annual Conference. For more information, contact Rhonda Harris at

Pipe Tapping Contest
Wednesday, April 12: 9:30 am-2 pm, Exhibit Hall
Four-person teams from across the state compete to determine who will represent Texas at the AWWA National Pipe Tapping Competition in Philadelphia in June. For information, contact Rhonda Harris,, or Randall Payton,

Best-Tasting Drinking Water Contest
Wednesday, April 12: 1:45-3 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 the AWWA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia in June.

**All entrants are required to have an onsite representative attend the taste test and be available for photos. Failure to have a representative attend the contest may result in disqualification.

Sample Drop Off: Samples must be provided no later than 11 am on April 12, 2017. Samples will be accepted between 8 am and 11 am the morning of April 12, 2017 ONLY. Samples will accepted at the Best Tasting Drinking Water Sample intake table located in the lobby of the Austin Convention Center.

Competition: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 1:45 – 3 pm

Sample Delivery Information:
1. Water samples must be provided no later than 11:00 am on April 12, 2017.
2. You should provide TWO samples.
3. Each sample should be in a 1-liter container. While you can use any type of container you wish, the suggested use is a glass Teflon-capped container with no air at the top. Metal lids and plastic containers are discouraged.


4. Each container should clearly identify the name of the water system and the contact

**The winning water system will be announced immediately following the taste test. The onsite representative must be available at that time to receive the award and pose for photos.

Hydrant Hysteria
Wednesday, April 12: 2-4 pm, Exhibit Hall
The Texas Section AWWA is introducing a new utility competition at Texas Water 2017TM­—Hydrant Hysteria! 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 the AWWA ACE17 Conference in June in Philadelphia. For questions, contact Rhonda Harris at

Hydrant Hysteria Instructional Video (instructional video for the M&H 129 fire hydrant that is being used this year for competitions)

WEAT Events

Operations Challenge
Tuesday, April 11, 8:30 am-3:15 pm, Exhibit Hall
Wednesday, April 12, 9 am-3:45 pm
, Exhibit HallThe WEAT Operations Challenge invites you to join the best and the brightest professionals that Texas has to offer. Sign up your utility today! Teams of two to four members can compete in one or more (up to six) events. Anyone can sign up a team! The competition takes place Tuesday and Wednesday in the Exhibit Hall. Join teams from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Austin, Dallas, TRA, North Richland Hills and NTMWD in a multi-day competition designed to showcase the team’s knowledge and skills in Process Control (Sponsored by Freese and Nichols), Laboratory Analysis (Sponsored by Hartwell Environmental), Pump Maintenance (Sponsored by CP&Y), Collection System Repair (Sponsored by AECOM), Safety (Sponsored by Carollo), Electrical (Sponsored by Gupta) and our 6th Annual Exhibition Event (Sponsored by Victaulic). Non-Utility Teams can sign up and compete in the Exhibition Event. Two Divisions are available: Division I for past teams who compete in all of the events, and Division II for any new team that wants to compete in any event for the first time.

Competitors can receive up to 10 TCEQ CEU hours, t-shirts, entry into the technical sessions and exhibit halls, and bragging rights! The Top Five Texas Teams earn a free trip to WEFTEC Nationals, which will be held in September in Chicago. Contact Jeff Sober at 214-883-6263 or

2017 Operations Challenge Packet
2017 Operations Challenge Safety Event
2017 Operations Challenge Collections Event
2017 Maintenance Event

Texas Shoot Out
Tuesday, April 11: 3:30-5 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 Shoot Out.

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 Curtis Smalley Memorial Fund. First place in all events will receive a plaque. Contact Grace Wike at for more information and to sign up.

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