Gimmicks & Gadgets Contest

Invent a Whatchamacallit?

If that whatchamacallit you invented is saving your utility time and money, it could earn you a little pocket change as well as recognition among your peers.


Tell Opflow about your original device by entering the annual Gimmicks & Gadgets Contest.

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

Winners are featured in the October issue of Opflow and honored at the AWWA Water Infrastructure Conference in October.

For rules and guidelines, as well as a list of past winners, visit the Gimmicks & Gadgets Awards page.

Thanks to Integra Chemical Company, makers of Vita-D-Chlor, for sponsoring the Gimmicks & Gadgets Contest!



Learn about the 2020 winning entries

Congratulations to the 2020 Gimmicks & Gadges Contest winners!

This year, we have a three-way tie for first place, so the winners will share the prize money and receive $500 apiece. The 2020 winning entries are as follows:

Hitch Lifter is a gadget that helps Steve Bell and his team at Greater Toronto Airports Authority lift heavy aircraft-rated drain, manhole, and valve chamber covers and grates without a second person or confined-space entries to retrieve broken covers and grates. Read more about it his October 2020 Opflow article.

Crack Pipe, a unique product designed and engineered by Jim DeCasper at the Bradford City Water Authority (Pa.), provides water utility workers with sustained levels of safety and functionality when repairing cracks in water mains. Learn more about the product in Stephen L. Disney’s October 2020 Opflow article.

FlocView 2020, a simple device made of polyvinyl chloride pipe and a small LED flashlight, was created by Tim Suddarth at the City of Portland, Tenn., water treatment plant to illuminate floc size and density. Learn more about the device in his October 2020 Opflow article



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