Annual Conference & Exposition


June 11-14 | Exposition: June 12-14 | Pennsylvania Convention Center | Philadelphia | USA

Hydrant Hysteria Logo

Hydrant Hysteria is a fast paced and exciting new contest consisting of a two person team assembling a fire hydrant as quickly as they can. 

Note: Online registration for ACE17 Competitions will open January 2017.

For more information and in-kind sponsor inquiries, please email the Staff Coordinator.

Hydrant Hysteria FAQ's

What is Hydrant Hysteria?
Hydrant Hysteria is a fast-paced competition where two-member teams assemble a specified hydrant as quickly as they can.

Where is it held?
Hydrant Hysteria Competitions are often held during AWWA Section Conferences. The national-level of this Competition is conducted at AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition.

Who is eligible to enter?
One two-member team may participate from each Section. In addition, the local host may send a second team. In the case of more than one local host, only one team may enter from the locality. In addition, each team member must be an individual, active, operations member of AWWA or a regular employee of a utility member or organization member. Each participating team represents an AWWA Section.

How can the Section winner enter the national Hydrant Hysteria Competition?
Each two-person team must pre-register for the national Hydrant Hysteria Competition using an online registration form. Please register by the deadline provided so that the competition coordinators can accommodate all teams.

Must Competitors register for the Conference?
No, it is not necessary for competitors to register for the entire conference unless they plan to attend professional sessions, etc. Complimentary exhibit hall badges will be provided to participants so they can gain admittance to the hall on the day of the competition.

What is the prize?
A plaque or trophy will be awarded to the 1st- and 2nd- place winners at the national-level contest. The 1st place team will have their expenses reimbursed to compete in the following year's contest at the AWWA Annual Conference, subject to AWWA expense policies.

What brand of hydrants are used?

Sponsoring manufacturers and the Hydrant Hysteria Subcommittee determine the yearly hydrant featured. This hydrant is specified on the Hydrant Hysteria web page.

If you are interested in participating in the NEW AWWA Hydrant Hysteria Competition please reach out to your Section Representative!

Hydrant to be Used for 2017: M&H 129 Hydrant

McWane, Inc. has volunteered to Sponsor this year’s Hydrant Hysteria competition at ACE17 and will be manufacturing and supplying a practice hydrant to participating teams. If your Section has interest in forming a team for the 2017 Hydrant Hysteria competition at ACE, please email Michelle Petrescu your team’s shipping address and contact information to facilitate the delivery of a fire hydrant. 


Tuesday, June 13 
10:30am – 11:30 am: Mandatory Contestant Meeting 
11:30am – 2:30 pm: Official Contest

Disclaimer: AWWA specifically does not endorse products manufactured by sponsors and takes no position concerning the adequacy of such products or their compliance with any AWWA Standard.