Gimmicks & Gadgets Contest


Calling All Innovators & Operators

Sometimes operators have to think outside the box to solve a problem. Have you come up with an innovative solution to an everyday problem that saves your utility time and money?

Winners are eligible for cash prizes, featured in Opflow, and recognized at AWWA’s Water Infrastructure Conference in September.

  • First place earns $800.
  • Second place nets $400.
  • Third place takes $300.

Last year's winners are listed below. For a more comprehensive list of previous winners, along with contest rules and guidelines, visit the Gimmicks & Gadgets Awards page.

Congratulations to the 2023 Winners!

First Place

Emergency Stem-Gripping Wrench Saves the Day

Shawn Turner at Searcy Water Utilities, Searcy, Ark., created the Emergency Stem-Gripping Wrench to grip a smooth-surfaced pipe for unscrewing or holding the pipe in place.


Second Place

Quick Filter Media Sampler Simplifies Collection Efforts

John Meyers at the City of Thornton, Colo., created the Quick Filter Media Sampler to make it easy to grab small samples of media from deep filters.


Third Place

Holy Roller Makes It Easy to Roll a Fire Hose

Nick Hoesel at Highline Water District, Puyallup, Wash., created the Holy Roller to help water utility operators roll fire hose faster, more efficiently, and more ergonomically.