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    Houston, Texas
    Texas Water 2023
    April 11-14
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Competitions

Feeling competitive? Sign up for a Texas WaterTM 2023 Competition!

Best-Tasting Drinking Water Contest
Thursday, April 13, 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 ACE23 in Toronto in June.


Hydrant Hysteria
Wednesday, April 12, 9:30 am-4 pm, Exhibit Hall
Thursday, April 13, 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 ACE23 in Toronto in June. Limited to 15 teams and must register by January 27.


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Junior Meter Challenge
Wednesday, April 12, 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 12, 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 ACE23 in Toronto in June. Limited to 12 competitors.


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Operations Challenge
Wednesday, April 12, 8:30 am-4:45 pm
Thursday, April 13, 8 am-2:45 pm
Thursday, April 13, 2:45 pm-3:45 pm: Awards Ceremony

Watch the nation’s best operators and maintenance staff compete in the Operations Challenge Competition. The competition returns in person this year and is open to any team that would like to sign up; teams of two to four can compete in as many as seven events. Sign up your utility today! The competition takes place in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday and Thursday. This multi-day competition showcases each team’s knowledge and skills in Process Control (Sponsored by Freese and Nichols), Laboratory Event (Sponsored by Hartwell Environmental), Pump Maintenance (Sponsored by CP&Y), Collection System (Sponsored by AECOM), Safety (Sponsored by Carollo), and our three exhibition events: Electrical (Sponsored by Gupta), Vaughan Exhibition Event (Sponsored by Vaughn) and Vicaulic Exhibition Event (Sponsored by Victaulic). Non-Utility teams and any person in attendance at the show can sign up and compete in the Exhibition Events where two divisions are available. Division I represents past teams who have competed in all events, and Division II represents new teams competing 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 Texas Teams earn a free trip to the National WEFTEC competition.


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Pipe Tapping Contest
Thursday, April 13, 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 ACE23 in Toronto.


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Texas Shoot-Out Competition, Open to All!
Wednesday, April 12, 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 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 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 13, 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 ACE23 in Toronto.


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