Annual Conference & Exposition

Annual Conference & Exposition

UNITING THE WORLD OF WATER

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


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Pipe Tapping is a high-energy contest 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 Contests compete every year at AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition.

Note: Online registration for ACE17 Competitions will open January 1, 2017.


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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

2016 Rules and Regulations Annual Pipe Tapping Contest

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INTRODUCTION

I-1. A Tapping Team shall consist of no more than four (4) persons; three (3) workers and one (1) coach. The coach may also serve as the alternate worker whenever the Team shall deem appropriate and a new Coach appointed from the four original Team members for the next tap.  No more than the three (3) workers and one (1) coach are permitted in the secured tapping area during the Team’s preparation period and during the two (2) official taps. All persons on the team shall be AWWA members. This membership may be an individual membership, as an Active or Affiliate Member of AWWA, or team members may be regular employees of a Utility Member or Organization Member of AWWA. Each Section is responsible for verifying this membership requirement before entering the team in the contest.

1-2. Each AWWA Section may enter one (1) men's team and one (1) women's team with female or male coach in the Annual Conference Preliminary Tapping Contest. Sections containing more than one state or province may enter one (1) men's team and one (1) women's team with female or male coaches for the number of states or provinces in the Section.  Only AWWA Section teams or International teams that have qualified by competing in a Section or an international competition and are sponsored by a water utility company, are allowed to enter in the Preliminary Tapping Contest.  Section team(s) that have qualified by competing in a Section or international competition are allowed to enter in the Preliminary Tapping Contest as long as the number of teams does not exceed the number of states or provinces. It does not matter if all the Section teams are from one state. This team may be from one utility in the Section or any all -star combination the Section may decide to enter as their representative. In the final competition the title will be awarded to the fastest tapping time. Additional Section teams may enter the competition on a space-available basis and only with the permission of the Tapping Contest Committee Chair.

I-3. Only one (1) men’s team and one (1) women’s team per utility will be allowed to enter the Preliminary contest each year. The exception will be when a utility’s team is the current reigning AWWA Annual Tapping Champion, which is automatically entered in the next year's Finals.  In this case, the utility may enter another (second) team in the Preliminary Tapping Contest with full privileges and rights as all other teams in the Preliminaries.  Ladies' and Men's Teams will not be separated in conducting the Preliminaries.  A lottery will be held by AWWA staff to determine team positions.

I-4. The AWWA Annual Tapping Contest Champion is automatically eligible for the next year's ACE Tapping Contest Finals as a special entry and is not counted as the Section's entry allotment.

1-4A. Any team that wins the Tapping Contest three years in a row will be considered ineligible to compete at ACE the following year. Following a third-year win, Returning Champion expenses will be reimbursed by AWWA, but the team may only participate in Tapping as guests and will be considered ineligible to advance past the Preliminaries.  The Section represented by the three-year winning team may send a different team to officially represent the Section in the competition; however, that team cannot be comprised of any members who participated on the three-time winning team.

I-5. Each year the ACE host city utility shall be invited by AWWA to participate in the Preliminary Tapping Contest as a fully accredited entry. This special team entry shall be in addition to the normal entry allotment for the Section.

I-6. The teams will be required to tap a water pressurized ductile iron pipe, install a corporation stop, cut and flare 3/4" copper tubing for installation of a water service line with a curb stop and connecting this line to a meter yoke.

I-7. Each team will be allowed to have two (2) Official Taps (turns), at their option, to complete the tapping event with the shortest time of the two taps to be their Official Time for the event.

I-8. A time period of 30 minutes shall be allowed for each team to complete their two (2) Official Taps.

I-9. A time period of 15 minutes shall be allowed for each team to prepare for the tapping event in a staging area (this may include a five- (5) minute time period in a designated area between the staging and tapping carpet), this includes cutting copper and securing all parts and material needed to complete their two (2) Official Taps.  No personal bags will be allowed on the floor.

I-10. The team or teams with the fastest OFFICIAL TIME (fastest time of the two (2) taps plus penalty seconds assessed, if any) will be the winner of the Preliminary Tapping Contest or the Final Tapping Contest.

I-11. The four (4) men's and two (2) women's teams from both Preliminary Tapping Competitions with the fastest Official Times from both divisions will advance to the Final Round to compete against the previous year's Tapping Champions.  The Preliminary teams' times will be used only for qualifying for the finals and to establish the starting schedule of the Finals, i.e., the slowest time of the six (6) will be the first to tap in the finals.  The starting times for the finals will be assigned immediately following the conclusion of the Preliminaries.

I-12. The ACE Tapping Contest will take place over three days with the Preliminary Tapping Contest being held on Monday and/or Tuesday (as necessary) at a designated area. The Final Tapping Contest will occur on Wednesday at the same location or within the Exhibits Area as required. The contest location will be announced to all teams entered in the contest each year before the beginning of the Annual Conference.

I-13. Each team may place a team banner, during their official tapping period, that is not larger than four feet by six feet (4' X 6') in the area designated by the Tapping Committee Chair. Placement of the banners will be reviewed at each event on a space permitting basis. The banners will not display offensive language, slogans or graphics.

GENERAL

G-1. Pipe to be tapped shall be AWWA C151, Class 52, 6" Ductile Iron Pipe, cement lined, capped on each end, pressurized and regulated to a pressure of 40-45 psi, by a suitable connection to the water supply. The Team is responsible for insuring the water supply is turned on and the air has been bled from the Ductile Iron Pipe prior to each tap. The corporation stop shall be tapped into the pipe at approximately 45 degrees from the top of the pipe.

G-2. Pipe shall be securely fastened to support blocks at a height of 8 ½” to the bottom of the pipe above the ground or stage floor. Support blocks shall be of adequate construction so as to secure the pipe firmly in position suitable for the rough handling required.

G-3. Distance from the pipe to the meter yoke shall be approximately 10' and nearly perpendicular to the pipe as best will accommodate the use of two straight 6' lengths of copper service pipe. This meter yoke stand may be set by the team, under supervision of the Judge(s), to any precise distance that will best accommodate their style of work.  Angle meter yoke shall be approximately two (2) feet above the ground or stage floor; this includes the 1/2" plate attached to the bottom of the tripod.

G-4. Curb stop to be located approximately half way between the pipe and the meter yoke. End connectors will be inspected and attached, by a team member, to each end of the curb stop and to the meter yoke prior to the start of the event. The Judge(s) will then inspect the fitting to insure the end connectors are in the proper position, fully threaded, but not tight, prior to start.

G-5. The Tubing representing the service line shall be 3/4" type K copper, four straight 6' lengths, each team will cut and crimped the copper before the start of their team's official time under supervision of a Judge.

G-6. Curb stop position after connections to tubing shall be no more than 4" above the ground/floor to the top of the inlet tubing and shall be in a "near vertical" position, i.e., no more than 10 degrees left or right of vertical.

G-7. The tapping machine shall be Mueller B-101 and will be provided, including bits, for the contestants at the contest site. Tapping bits shall be new or reconditioned at the option of the sponsor.

G-8 Each team will be allowed to inspect the available tapping bits and choose TWO bits, only.  These TWO bits will be used by the Team, one for each tap. NOTICE! A broken bit will not be replaced with a new bit and a third tap will not be allowed.  All tapping bits will be returned to a designated Judge or committee person.

G-9. All connections shall be flared and drip-tight. The Judge(s) will bleed air from the service line before checking for leaks.

G-10. The service line shall contain no crimps that would impede the normal flow of water through the pipe. Judges shall determine the severity of any crimp by disconnecting the nearest joint carefully without disturbing the crimped section of the pipe and passing a marble or sphere approximately 1/2" diameter through the pipe past the crimped section. If marble passes through the crimp, the crimp is not damaging and there is no penalty. If the marble does not pass through the crimp, a penalty will be assessed to the event time.

G-11. An end connector will be utilized on the one end of the meter yoke, which will be connected to the service line. This connector will serve to protect the threads on the meter yoke. The competing team will examine the connector threads carefully prior to the start of the event and request a new adapter from the Head Judge if the threads are damaged enough to impair their work.

G-12. The Tapping Team shall position themselves and all equipment, tools, and materials beside the pipe to be tapped prior to the start of the tap. At the start of the tap, team workers may be standing or kneeling on the floor, but shall not be touching any piece of equipment or tools.

a. The coach shall be positioned out of the way of the team and the Judge(s), and may be located anywhere in the area. The coach may lead the team by instructions and encouragement in any way, but shall not be allowed to physically assist the team or utilize in any way the tools or equipment during the tap.

b. The tapping machine may be inspected, cleaned, and lubricated as necessary by the team before starting either turn. The drill bit will be chosen by the team from a ready supply of bits provided and may be assembled in the tapping machine prior to the tap at the option of the team.

c. The corporation stop may be placed in the adapter prior to the tap at the option of theteam. Joint compound may be applied to the threads of the corporation stop after time starts at the option of the team.

d. Saddles and rubbers for the tapping machine may be assembled and ready on the floor before the tap. Chain hooks may be in the chain yoke or on the floor, but the chain must be on the floor and not hooked to the chain hooks before the start of the tap.

e. The same bar shall be used to make the tap and insert the corporation stop. Two bars will not be allowed for a tap.

f. The tapping machine feed-nut-and-yoke shall be securely in place around the boring bar at all times while the pipe is being drilled, tapped, (*) and inserting the corporation stop.  See P-4.1.  If the feed-nut-and-yoke falls off and there is no attempt to continue inserting (turning ratchet) the drill or corporation stop, THE TEAM WILL NOT BE PENALIZED.

* When removing the boring bar from the tapping machine after threading has been completed, the yoke MUST be in place until the tap has disengaged from the pipe and the boring bar must be FULLY extended before the cap is removed from the cylinder.  Failure to follow this procedure will be considered to be a SAFETY VIOLATION and the team shall be penalized accordingly.  When inserting the corporation stop, the cap MUST be installed on the cylinder before the yoke is placed on the boring bar. The corporation stop will be considered to be inserted when the ratchet is reversed to disengage from the corporation stop.

g. The corporation stop shall be securely inserted into the pipe with no more than four (4) threadsshowing when the tap is completed. A designated Judge will count threads. The threads are counted at the half-way-point on both sides of the corporation. If more than four (4) threads are counted on both sides, THE TEAM WILL BE PENALIZED. See P-4, g.

h. The corporation stop shall be securely inserted into the pipe with no more than four (4) threads showing when tap is complete. The Judge's(s') decision on this matter will be final.

i. Pine tar or grip enhancers may be applied to gloves. Once the pine tar or grip enhancer has been applied, the gloves cannot be used to touch any portion of the equipment or materials until after the official start of the tap.

j. Only tools, equipment, and materials supplied by the contest sponsors can be used in preparation for, or during the official tap. AWWA does not endorse products manufactured by sponsors and takes no position concerning the adequacy of such products or their compliance with any AWWA Standard. Contestants shall bring only their personal protective equipment into the tapping area.

k. Teams will not be allowed to participate if they are wearing articles of clothing or using equipment plainly displaying offensive language, slogans, or graphics.

G-13. There is no such thing as equipment failure! This is a contest of skill and dexterity as well as speed. Only TWO taps allowed per team.

a. All equipment used in the Annual Tapping Contest is new or reconditioned and as such, is in new condition.

b. Any tools, equipment, or other supplies provided for this contest that are damaged will be considered to be damaged through the neglect of the team in making the tap.

c. Broken bits are the result of neglect by the team and only two bits are allowed per team, one for each tap. A broken bit is the problem of the team with the broken bit and will NOT be replaced.

d. There is no time penalty for broken equipment or drill bits unless resulting from obvious malicious mishandling.

e. Malicious treatment of equipment may be considered a safety violation depending on thecircumstances.

G-14. The timing for the event shall begin at the Head Judge's signal and end when the corporation stop is turned on by one of the workers and all work has ceased. At that time, the Head Judge shall shout STOP or sound a suitable signal announcing the end of the tap. All team members will back out of the immediate work area to permit the Judges to evaluate the work.

G-15. When a stage is utilized for the contest, suitable carpet shall be laid over the entire stage to present uniform footing for all contestants. Arrangements should be made to eliminate all water spilled during an event before the next event starting so as to provide the best possible working conditions for each team for both of their taps.

G-16. The area for the contest shall be large enough to accommodate the working team and the Judges. A minimum of 10' clear area shall be provided between the working area and the spectators to afford safety from accidental flying tools or materials during the contest.

OFFICIATING

O-1. The Pipe Tapping Committee Chair shall be in charge of the complete competition and must have five (5) years' experience in supervision.  The Pipe Tapping Committee Chair may appoint one of the Judges as Head Judge for the daily competition. The designated Head Judge must also have five (5) year' experience in supervision.  The Head Judge shall be in charge of the pipe tapping on the floor each day to make rulings as required by the circumstances for any penalties. If there is a disagreement between the Head Judge and a Team Coach on any interpretation of the rules, the Committee Chair shall make the final ruling.

O-2. The Judges shall be responsible for timing the events with the Head Judge or appointee(s) being the one to announce the START and STOP of each of the events.  The Head Judge shall START and STOP the events for the day of the Final competition.

O-3. The Judges shall see that all tools, materials, and team members are in the required positions before starting the event. They shall also ensure the work area is free from standing water before starting each event.

O-4. The Judges will watch for safety violations during the actual events and assess appropriate penalty times as required. During the time of the contest not taken up by the actual tapping events, the Judges shall see that all preparations for the events are accomplished in a safe manner with no penalties to be assessed.

O-5. Squirting, continuous leaking connection spraying water on any other connection of the service line shall be covered appropriately with a towel or something to deter the water away from another connection while judging the next connection for leaks. If such measures are insufficient to block the flow of water to allow proper judging of the next joint, the connection may be tightened by the Judges, at the Head Judge's option, during the inspection, so that other joints will not be doused with water.

O-6. Anyone wanting to become a member of the Pipe Tapping Committee and/or part of the Administration, Coordination/Tools or Officiating teams will need to submit an application for the Pipe Tapping Committee through the AWWA website and attend the Pipe Tapping Committee Meeting (meeting date and time to be announced by the Pipe Tapping Committee Chair).

SAFETY

S-1. Standard water utility safety practices will be observed at all times during the Tapping Contest.

S-2. Safety equipment required for all participants shall be:

a. Head protection for ALL team members shall be worn during the event. The head protection (hard hats) shall conform to American National Standard Safety Requirements for Industrial Head Protection Z89.1-1969. If a hard hat falls or is knocked off of a team member, the hat must be replaced on the team members head as soon as possible or a safety violation will be imposed. Head protection must be worn in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations, and is not to be worn backwards.

b. Eye protection (glasses or goggles) are required to be worn by ALL team members, including the coach, during the tapping event. Eye protection must conform to American National Standard for Occupational and Education Eye and Face Protection Z87.1-1968.

c. Gloves are required to be worn by all three workers. The Coach is exempt while performing coaching duties. Gloves shall be full-fingered and suitable for construction related tasks. Lab type gloves such as latex material and gloves without complete fingers are not acceptable for the contest. Sport gloves with full fingers are allowed.

d. Foot protection shall be required to be worn by ALL team members, including the coach, and shall conform to American National Standard for Men's Safety Toe Foot Wear, Z41.1-1967 worn. Sneakers or dress type shoes meeting ANSI Z41.1-1967 are also allowed.

e. The host utility will provide hard hats and safety glasses for any competing team that did bring their own equipment, however each team is encouraged to provide their own personal hard hats and glasses. Gloves and boots/shoes will be required to be provided by each team member.

f. Short-sleeved shirts and long-legged trousers are required to be worn by the three workers during the event.

S-3. During this contest, an ordinary task (tapping a distribution pipe) is performed in an extraordinary manner. Therefore, for this contest to be conducted safely, it is necessary for the yoke to be in place at all times during the use of the drilling, tapping, and inserting procedure as outlined in paragraph G-12, F., of these rules. Failure to follow this procedure will be considered a safety violation PLUS TWO (2) PROCEDURAL VIOLATIONS (10+10+10=30 SECOND VIOLATION ) AT THE DISCRETION OF THE HEAD JUDGE.

EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS (to be provided by AWWA, or host utility, for each tap)

E-1. Mueller B-101 tapping machines (not 100), completely outfitted, including new style ratchets; old style  ratchet may be allowed in competition if available. Bicycle-type chain is not allowed.

E-2. Brass corporation stops, Mueller Co. (H-15000N), and curb stops, Mueller (H-1502-2N), 3/4", new, one each, to be provided for each tap.

E-3. Flaring nuts shall be provided for all connections to stops and meter yoke and shall be as manufactured by Mueller Co. (H-15430N).

E-4. Type K copper tubing, 3/4", 6' lengths, two (2) lengths for each tap.

E-5. Meter yoke, Mueller Co. (H-14180), 5/8" x 3/4", secured firmly to a portable stand.

E-6. End connector, Mueller Co. H-15460N, 90 degree female connector, 3/4", shall be provided to allow the service line to be connected to the meter yoke. This connector is utilized to protect the threads of the meter yoke from the service line connections.

E-7. Pipe wrenches, four (4), 14", REED Manufacturing Company (RW-14).

E-8. Hammers, two (2), shall be a brass, 3 lb hammer for flaring, Mueller Co. (H-18025) or Reed Manufacturing Company (HAM3, 3 lb, 06088).

E-9. Adjustable (Crescent-type) wrenches, two (2), 12", Reed Manufacturing Company (CW 12).

E-10. Tubing cutters, two (2), heavy duty, Reed Manufacturing Company (T-20).  The team shall examine the cutting wheels before each tap to determine their condition and ask the Judges for a replacement if necessary. THESE ARE THE ONLY CUTTERS ALLOWED!

E-11. Flaring tools, two (2), Mueller Company (H-18000), or Reed Manufacturing Company (HF 3/4).

E-12. Cutting grease (Mueller 88366) shall be supplied for all teams to utilize in the contest.

E-13. ONLY lubricating grease from Mueller Company, light machine oil in spray or liquid, and WD-40 lubricant shall be provided for teams to lubricate the equipment and tools. No lubrication of any type will be allowed on the end connectors, threads, or flaring tool prior to the start of the tap.

E-14. Combined drill-and-tap tools will be supplied for each Team with the Team allowed to use ONLY TWO BITS of their choice, one for each tap. This tool shall be as manufactured by Mueller Co. (#680539), Decatur, IL, (217) 254-7000; Salser Co. (Super-Tuff 3/4"cc), Ocala, FL, (800) 782-5268; Reed Manufacturing Co. (DT 75, 3/4"-cc), Erie, PA, (814) 452-3691.

PENALTIES

P-1. Various penalties will be assessed by the Head Judge or designee for any infraction of the rules as described herein or for any flagrant violation of normal safety practices.

P-2. The penalties will be in the form of a predetermined number of seconds added to the total time of the team's event that will then be the OFFICIAL TIME of that event. Each of the team's two events will be considered separate for penalty points.

P-3. Teams without proper personal safety apparel as prescribed above will not be allowed to compete until they have obtained the proper apparel in a reasonable amount of time during the contest.

P-4. Penalties shall be (in seconds):

a. Leaking connection, barely oozing water and just discernable to the Judges, +4 each

b. Slow, obviously dripping connection, +6 each

c. Squirting, continuous leaking connection, +8 each

d. Curb stop too high above ground/floor and/or not vertical, (4", + or - 10 degrees, see Section G-62) +4 each

e. Crimp in service line that will not pass 1/2" marble, +10 each

f. Safety violation, +10 each

g. More than four (4) threads showing on inserted corp. +10

h. Procedural Violation by any member of the Team. +10 Caution! This is a general penalty for actions of the Team that may not specifically be covered in these rules, but are of sufficient gravity to the Judges as to warrant a penalty.

i. YOKE PENALTY, as described in Par. S-3, shall be 10+10+10=30 (or less at the discretion of the Judges depending on the nature of the violation). Having the yoke slip off the bar accidentally and a member of the team immediately places the Yoke back on the bar DOES NOT constitute a violation.

P-5. If the corporation stop blows out of pipe or any connection blows apart after time is stopped, the team is DISQUALIFIED for that tap.

P-6. For any disagreement with a penalty decision, the Head Judge's decision is final.

P-7. There will be NO INSTANT REPLAY allowed for reversing any decision after the Head Judge has made a final determination on any infraction in these rules.

NOTE: This contest is officiated by very competent Judges and human judgment must enter into the contest at various times. All Judges strive for fairness, in their judging duties so that all teams are judged as equally as possible. FAIR AND EQUAL TREATMENT FOR EACH AND EVERY TEAM is the goal of this contest. There is no intention to provide anyone with an advantage over some other team. This contest is for FUN and ENJOYMENT of the participants and spectators. Let’s keep it that way!

Pipe Tapping FAQ's

What is the AWWA National Pipe Tapping Contest?

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

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


Where is the Tapping Contest held?

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

 
May anyone enter the contest?

You 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 contest occurs after the registration deadline. Can my team still register for the 2016 contest?

The contest coordinators realize that your Section normally sends a team/competitor. 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.


To register:

1. Complete and submit an online registration form.
2. Print your acknowledgement from AWWA staff and bring it with you to the event.
3. Check your email for further instructions and information.


How may I become a member of AWWA?

Visit Membership for details.


My team won our Section’s Tapping Contest. How do we enroll in the national contest?

Complete the electronic registration form on the Tapping Contest Homepage. You do not need to register for ACE to participate in the Tapping Contest. 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 Contest?

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?

Submit the Registration form as soon as you can.


What are the prizes?

The winning men’s and women’s teams each receive trophies and the 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 can receive 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 Contest. 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 Staff Coordinator. Further information on covered expenses will be provided with the Expense Form.