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AWWA's ACE17

Annual Conference & Exposition

UNITING THE WORLD OF WATER

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


Pipe Tapping Logo
Pipe Tapping is a high-energy competition involving a race against time to drill into a cement-lined, ductile iron pipe and install a tap. Winning teams from Section-Level Pipe Tapping Competitions compete every year at AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition.

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


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


2016 Pipe Tapping Presenting Sponsor


2016 in Chicago, Illinois
Men's
1st Place - SADM Monterrey, Apodaca, Monterrey,Mexico 1:07:47
2nd Place - Spotsylvania, Fredricksberg,Virginia 1:12:69
3rd Place - Birmingham Water Works Board, Birmingham, Alabama; 1:19:94
4th Place - Smoking Bits, City of Concord, North Carolina, 1:26:25
5th Place - Tacoma Water Pipe Tapping Team, City of Tacoma, Washington; 2:05:78
Women's 
1st Place - Lansing Lethal Ladies, Lansing, Michigan; 2:42:65
2nd Place - Smooth Operators, City of Troy, Michigan; 2:44:72
3rd Place - Denver (Women) Water Tapping, Denver, Colorado; 2:51:12

2015 in Anaheim, California
Men's
1st Place - SADM Monterrey, Apodaca, Monterrey,Mexico 1:11:97
2nd Place - Spotsylvania, Fredricksberg,Virginia 1:12:85
3rd Place - SADM San Miguel, Monterrey, Mexico; 1:15:50
4th Place - Greenwood Tappers, Greenwood, South Carolina, 1:21:90
5th Place - Denver Water Mens Tapping,Denver, Colorado; 1:33:56
Women's
1st Place - Lansing Lethal Ladies; Lansing, Michigan; 2:35:87
2nd Place - GCWW Ductile Iron Divas, Cincinnati, Ohio; 2:48:34
3rd Place - Denver (women) Water Tapping, Denver,Colorado; 3:06:95

2014 in Boston, Massachusetts
Men's
1st Place - SADM San Miguel; Agua Y Drenoje; 1:09:53
2nd Place - Birmingham Water Works; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:20:78
3rd Place - SADM San Nicholas; Agua Drenaje Monterrey, Mexico; 1:27:29
4th Place - Ottawa "Main"-iac Tappers; City of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 1:27:78
5th Place - United Water Idaho; Boise, Idaho; 1:48:85
Women's
1st Place - Lansing Lethal Ladies; Lansing, Michigan; 2:28:06
2nd Place - SAWS Alamo City Tappers; San Antonio, Texas; 2:45:78
3rd Place - Greater Cincinnati Water Works - Ductile Iron Divas; Cincinnati, Ohio; 3:09:65
 
2013 in Denver, Colorado
Men’s
1st Place - Birmingham Water Works Board; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:12:09
2nd Place – Four Jokers; Las Vegas, Nevada; 1:12.47
3rd Place - SADM Monterrey Apodaca; Mexico; 1:19:34
4th Place - Spotsylvania County; Fredericksburg, Virginia; 1:20:19
5th Place - SAWS South Texas; San Antonio, Texas; 1:20:72
Women’s
1st Place – SAWS Alamo City Tappers; San Antonio, Texas; 2:23:81
2nd Place – Lansing Lethal Ladies; Lansing, Michigan; 2:32:06
3rd Place – Greater Cincinnati; Cincinnati, Ohio; 3:20:00

2012 in Dallas, Texas
Men’s
1st Place – Birmingham, Alabama Water; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:10:22
2nd Place – Spotsylvania County; Fredericksburg, Virginia; 1:15:69
3rd Place - SADM Monterrey; Mexico; 1:21:78
Women’s
1st Place – SAWS Alamo City Tappers, San Antonio, Texas; 2:04:29
2nd Place – Honolulu Water Supply, Honolulu, Hawaii: 2:10:41
3rd Place – Michigan Ladies; Lansing, Michigan; 2:25:87

2011 in Washington, D.C.
Men’s
1st Place – Spotsylvania County, Fredericksburg, Virginia; 1:09:16
2nd Place - SADM Monterrey; Mexico; 1:10:93
3rd Place - Birmingham, Alabama Water; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:19:35
4th Place - SADM Apodaca; Mexico; 1:24:12
5th Place - Tacoma Tapping Team; Tacoma, Washington; 1:41:72
Women’s
1st Place – Honolulu Board of Water Supply Wahines, Honolulu, Hawaii; 2:35:18
2nd Place – Cleveland Ladies of the Lake; Cleveland, Ohio; 2:41:57
3rd Place – Alamo Tappers, San Antonio, Texas; 2:52:17

2010 in Chicago, Illinois
Men’s
1st Place - Birmingham Water Works Board; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:14:00
2nd Place - Spotsylvania County Utilities; Spotsylvania, Virginia; 1:17:31
3rd Place - SAWS Men; San Antonio, Texas; 1:21:75
4th Place - Tacoma Water Men’s; Tacoma, Washington; 1:28:19
5th Place - City of Ottawa; Ontario, Canada; 1:41:47
Women’s
1st Place – Honolulu Board of Water Supply Wahines; Honolulu, Hawaii; 2:12:47
2nd Place - Alamo City Tappers; San Antonio, Texas; 2:19:72
3rd Place – Bexarmet Office Girls; San Antonio, Texas; 2:37:47

2009 in San Diego, California
Men’s
1st Place - Tacoma Water Men’s; Tacoma, Washington; 1:13:38
2nd Place - Columbus Water; Columbus, Ohio; 1:13:69
3rd Place - SAWS Men; San Antonio, Texas; 1:17:41
4th Place - Spotsylvania County Utilities; Spotsylvania, Virginia; 1:22:44
5th Place - Birmingham Water Works Board; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:2:81
Women’s
1st Place - Alamo City Tappers; San Antonio, Texas; 2:00:88
2nd Place - Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Honolulu, Hawaii; 2:09:37
3rd Place - Sassy Taps; Portland, Oregon; 2:24:75

2008 in Atlanta, Georgia
Men’s
1st Place - Columbus Water; Columbus, Ohio; 1:22:90
2nd Place - Four Jokers; Las Vegas, Nevada; 1:23:31
3rd Place - Birmingham Water Works Board; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:23:44
4th Place - SAWS Men’s; San Antonio, Texas; 1:24:93
5th Place - Volunteer Tappers; Maryville, Tennessee; 1:32:38
Women’s
1st Place - Sassy Taps; Portland, Oregon; 2:13:97
2nd Place - Nitro Bits; 2:47:06
3rd Place - SAWS Women’s; San Antonio, Texas; 2:54:50

2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Men’s
1st Place - Columbus Water; Columbus, Ohio; 1:17.06
2nd Place - Birmingham Water & Sewer, Birmingham, Alabama; 1:23.66
3rd Place - Troy Tappers; Troy, Michigan; 1:25.88
4th Place - Rockwood PUD; Canby, Oregon; 1:29.81
5th Place - Portland Hole Hawgs; 1:36.25
Women’s
1st Place - SAWS Ladies Team; San Antonio, Texas; 1:54.75
2nd Place - Nitro Bits; Happy Valley, Oregon; 2:12.87
3rd Place - Girls on Tap; Palmdale, California 2:49.04

2006 in San Antonio, Texas
Men’s
1st Place - Birmingham Water & Sewer; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:13.15
2nd Place - Spotsylvania County, Virginia; 1:16.91
3rd Place - Four Jokers, Las Vegas, Nevada; 1:17.25
4th Place - Honolulu, Hawaii Men; 1:23.56
5th Place - Troy Tappers; Michigan; 1:34.03
Women’s
1st Place - Nitro Bits; Sunrise Water Authority, Oregon; 2:01.03
2nd Place - Na Wahine Oka Wai; Honolulu, Hawaii; 2:05.93
3rd Place - SAWS Women; San Antonio, Texas; 3:52.34
4th Place - Pipe Dreams; Ft. Thomas, Kentucky; 4:25.43

2005 in San Francisco, California
Men’s
1st Place - Birmingham Water & Sewer; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:20.15
2nd Place - Northwest Oregon; Portland, Oregon; 1:28.15
3rd Place - City of Ottawa Water Division, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 1:35.28
4th Place - San Antonio Water System; San Antonio, Texas; 1:39.06
5th Place - Troy Tapping Team, Troy, Michigan; 1:39.31
Women’s
1st Place - Na Wahine Oka Wai; Honolulu, Hawaii; 1:50.41
2nd Place - Three Queens and a Joker; Las Vegas, Nevada; 2:23.10
3rd Place - Louisville Water Tappers; Louisville, Kentucky; 2:24.63
4th Place - Nitro Bits; Sunrise Water Authority, Oregon; 2:28.72
5th Place - Tapi-Okies; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 02:37.06

2004 in Orlando, Florida
Men’s
1st Place - Birmingham Water & Sewer; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:15.96
2nd Place - San Antonio Water System, San Antonio, Texas; 1:18.91
3rd Place - City of Ottawa Water Division; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 1:30.09
4th Place - Northwest Oregon - Men; 1:32.78
5th Place - Elm City Tappers - Men; 1:35.88
Women’s
1st Place - Louisville Water Co.; Louisville, Kentucky; 1:53.00
2nd Place - Na Wahine Oka Wai; Hawaii; 1:55.37
3rd Place - No Pressure; Las Vegas, Nevada; 2:26.34

2003 in Anaheim, California
Men’s
1st Place - Northwest Oregon; Portland, Oregon; 1:21.15
2nd Place - Elm City Tappers; New Haven, Connecticut, 1:22:46
3rd Place - Birmingham Water & Sewer; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:26.69
4th Place – Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Honolulu, Hawaii; 1:30.44
5th Place - City of Ottawa Water Division; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 1:42.91
Women’s
1st Place - Louisville Water Co.; Louisville, Kentucky; 2:08.88
2nd Place - Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Honolulu, Hawaii; 2:16.65
3rd Place – Lansing Board of Water & Light; Lansing, Michigan; 2:30.34

2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Men’s
1st Place - Pipe Tapping Team #1; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:18.46
2nd Place - Lansing Board of Water & Light; Lansing, Michigan; 1:24.23
3rd Place - Elm City Tappers; New Haven, Connecticut; 1:29.77
4th Place – City of Ottawa Water Division; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 1:42.79
5th Place - Fairfax County Water Authority; Merrifield, Virginia; 1:50.59
Women’s
1st Place - Lansing Board of Water & Light; Lansing, Michigan; 2:20.43
2nd Place - Sunrise Water Nitro Bits; Portland, Oregon 2:21.47
3rd Place – Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Honolulu, Hawaii; 2:27.49

2001 in Washington, D.C.
Men’s
1st Place - Pipe Tapping Team #1; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:12.00
2nd Place – Lansing Board of Water & Light; Lansing, Michigan;1:32.00 (?)
3rd Place – Powell Valley Water District; Washington; 1:26.06
4th Place – Fairfax County Water Authority Tap Team; Virginia; 1:33.38
5th Place – Columbus Tapping Team, Columbus, Ohio; 1:37.60
Women’s
1st Place - Mililani Leak Detection; Honolulu, Hawaii; 2:00.47
2nd Place – Louisville, Kentucky; 2:10.90
3rd Place – Lansing Board of Water & Light; Lansing, Michigan, 2:27.59

2000 in Denver, Colorado
Men’s
1st Place – Birmingham Water Works; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:06.77
2nd Place – Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Honolulu, Hawaii; 1:03.00 (?)
3rd Place – Elm City Tappers, Connecticut; 1:15.82
Women’s
1st Place – Louisville Water Co.; Louisville, Kentucky; 2:05.95

1999 in Chicago, Illinois
Men's
1st Place – Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Honolulu, Hawaii; 1.07.73
2nd Place – San Antonio Water System, San Antonio Texas; 1:08.58

1998 in Dallas, Texas
Men’s
1st Place – Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Honolulu, Hawaii; 1:15.53
2nd Place - Birmingham Water Works; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:16.83
3rd Place – Reg. Munic. of Ottawa; Carleton, Ottawa, Canada; 1:21.27
4th Place – San Antonio, TX 1997 Champions (Practice); 1:32.83
5th Place - Corpus Christi Water Div.; Corpus Christi, Texas; 1:30.63
Women’s
1st Place – Water & Wastewater Utilities, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 2:42.20

1997 in Atlanta, Georgia
Men’s
1st Place – San Antonio, Texas; 1.04.78
2nd Place – Birmingham Water Works; Birmingham, Alabama, 1:07.51
3rd Place – Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, 1:16.71
4th Place – Honolulu, Hawaii, 1:25.94
5th Place - Miami Dade, Miami, Florida, 1:44.09

1996 in Toronto, Ontario
Men’s
1st Place-Birmingham Water Works Board; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:14.12
2nd Place-San Antonio Water System - #1, Texas; 1:14.35;
3rd Place-San Antonio Water System; 95 Champs, Texas; 1:17.24
4th Place-Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power; Los Angeles, California 1:21.46
5th Place-Vancouver Water Department; Vancouver, Washington; 1:40.64

1995 in Anaheim, California
Men’s
1st Place – San Antonio Water Board; San Antonio, Texas; 1:21.69
2nd Place – Birmingham Water and Sewer District; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:24.21
3rd Place – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Los Angeles, California 1:26.95
4th Place – Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Honolulu, Hawaii 1:37.38
5th Place – Las Vegas Valley Water District, Las Vegas, Nevada 1:40.61

1994 in New York City, New York
Men’s
1st Place – San Antonio Water Board; San Antonio, Texas; 1:01.95
2nd Place – Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Honolulu, Hawaii; 1:13.04
3rd Place – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Los Angeles, California 1:13.56
4th Place – Vancouver Water Department; Vancouver, Washington; 1:15.10
5th Place – Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells W.D., Maine; 1:18.01

1993 in San Antonio, Texas
Men’s
1st Place – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Los Angeles, California; 1:07.21
2nd Place – Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Honolulu, Hawaii; 1:07.81
3rd Place – East Bay Municipal Utility District; Oakland, California; 1:15.08
4th Place – Tualatin Valley Water District; Beaverton, Oregon; 1:17.76
5th Place – Vancouver Water Department; Vancouver, Washington; 1:25.08

1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia
Men’s
1st Place – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Los Angeles, California; 1:11.50
2nd Place – Lansing Board of Water & Light; Lansing, Michigan; 1:18.67
3rd Place – Dallas Water Utilities; Dallas, Texas; 1:27.85
4th Place – Birmingham Water Works & Sewer Board; Birmingham, Alabama; 1:29.84
5th Place – Spartanburg Water District; Spartanburg, South Carolina; 1:38.25

1991 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Men’s
1st Place – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Los Angeles, California; 1:11.40
2nd Place - East Bay Municipal Utility District; Oakland, California; 1:17:69
3rd Place – Bangor Water District; Bangor, Maine; 1:28.03
4th Place – Soos Creek Water & Sewer District; Renton, Washington; 1:29.01
5th Place – Birmingham Water Works & Sewer Board; Birmingham, Alabama; 2:12.75

1990 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Men’s
1st Place – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Los Angeles, California; 1:17.67
2nd Place - East Bay Municipal Utility District; Oakland, California; 1:29:58
3rd Place – Spartanburg Water System, South Carolina; 1:31.69
4th Place – Dallas Water Utilities, Dallas, Texas; 1:37.76
5th Place – Salt Lake City Public Utilities; Salt Lake City, Utah; 1:48.85

1989 in Los Angeles, California
Men’s
1st Place – East Bay Municipal Utility District; Oakland, California; 1:20:22
2nd Place – Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Los Angeles, California; 1:27.47
3rd Place - East Bay Municipal Utility District #2 Team; Oakland, California; 1:39.53
4th Place - SW Pennsylvania Water Authority; Jefferson, Pennsylvania; 1:55.02
5th Place – Hackensack Water Company; Hackensack, New Jersey 2:03.22

1988 in Orlando, Florida
Men’s
1st Place – SW Pennsylvania Water Authority; Jefferson, Pennsylvania; 1:55.36
2nd Place – East Bay Municipal Utility District; Oakland, California; 2:09.76

1987 in Kansas City, Missouri
Men’s
1st Place – SW Pennsylvania Water Authority; Jefferson, Pennsylvania; 1:51.55
2nd Place – Vancouver Water Department, Vancouver, Washington; 2:09.76
3rd Place – Denver Water Department; Denver, Colorado; 2:20.43
4th Place - Wichita Water Department; Wichita, Kansas; 2:20.63
5th Place – Lima Water Dept.; Lima, Ohio; 2:28.23

1986 in Denver, Colorado
Men’s
1st Place – Lima Water Department; Lima, Ohio; 2:44
2nd Place – Denver Water Department; Denver, Colorado; 2:47
2nd Place – Southwest Pennsylvania Water Authority; Jefferson, Pennsylvania; 2:47

ACE 2017 - Tapping Stage, Exhibit Hall - Philadelphia, PA

Monday, June 12 
10:00 – 10:15 am: Coaches Meeting 
10:15 – 12:30 pm: Preliminaries 
12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch Break 
2:00 – 2:15 pm: Coaches Meeting 
2:15 – 4:30 pm: Preliminaries  
 
Tuesday, June 13 
10:00 – 10:15 am: Coaches Meeting 
10:15 – 12:30 pm: Preliminaries 
12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch Break 
2:00 – 2:15 pm: Coaches Meeting 
2:15 – 4:30 pm: Preliminaries 
 
Wednesday, June 14 
10:00 – 10:15 am: Coaches Meeting 
10:15 a.m. – 1:00 pm: Finals 

Pipe Tapping FAQ's

What is the AWWA National Pipe Tapping Competition?

The AWWA National Tapping Competition is a competition of skill in which water operators from across North America work against the clock to open a cement-lined, ductile iron pipe and install a tap.

The competition begin at the local AWWA Section level and the winners are then eligible to compete in the national Tapping Competition. There are two divisions, Men's and Women's.

Where is the Tapping Competition held?

The event is held during the AWWA's Annual Conference & Exposition in June every year in the Convention Center.

May anyone enter the Comeptition?

All team members 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.

Help! My Section's competition occurs after the registration deadline. Can my team still register for the 2017 Competition?

The contest coordinators realize that your Section normally sends a team. But do not wait until you have determined whether or not you are able to travel and have completed your hotel and airline reservations. Because of signage, supplies and other information, make contest registration your top priority. It is free and only takes a minute or two.

How may I become a member of AWWA?

Visit Membership for details.

My team won our Section's Tapping Competition. How do we enroll in the national competition?

Complete the electronic registration form on the Tapping Competition Homepage. You do not need to register for ACE to participate in the Tapping Competition. However, if your team members would like to attend professional sessions or other activities associated with the convention, a registration is necessary.

Is there a cut-off date to enter the Tapping Competition?

Yes. Please register as soon as possible. Signage is prepared the first week in May and the preliminaries schedule is created.

Our Section contest is later than the cut-off date. Can we still enter our team?

Please notify the AWWA Staff Coordinator of your delayed registration needs as soon as possible.

What are the prizes?

The winning men's and women;s teams each receive trophies and the four team members expenses are paid to return to defend their titles at the next AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition. Every competing team member receives a complimentary hat.

Can a team member's spouse, family, or guest obtain a complimentary badge to enter the Exhibit Hall for my competition?

Each competitor is allotted one complimentary badge. Children 12 and under receive free admission when accompanied by an adult.

What's the national record for the fastest tapping team?

The national record is 1:01.95 set by the San Antonio, Texas team in 1994.

Our team is made up of two men and two women. Is there a "Co-Ed Division"?

When the Women's Division was first set up, it was decided that all co-ed teams would compete with the men's teams, so that is where your team must register.

May my team bring a tapping machine to the Pipe Tapping Contest?

NO. In all fairness, the teams must use the equipment provided on site.

Our team won the national Tapping Competition. How are our expenses reimbursed to return for next year's competition?

You must complete an official AWWA Expense Form and submit your receipts. To receive a form by email, contact the AWWA Staff Coordinator. Further information on covered expenses will be provided with the Reimbursement Policy and Form.