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 2019 winning entries

Congratulations to the 2019 Gimmicks & Gadgets Contest winners!

For the second straight year, Mike Blake, city of Central Point, Ore., won Opflow's Gimmicks & Gadgets Contest. His 2019 entry, the LZH, makes it easy to locate service lines. For more information about the device, read his October 2019 Opflow article and view the video below.


Danilo Blanusa, California Water Service, took second with his patented tank overflow dechlorination device, which protects the environment by preventing chlorinated water overflows that are potentially harmful to fish and wildlife. Learn more about the device in Emily Hernadez's October 2019 Opflow article.

Casey Feilen, San Gabriel County Water District (Calif.), placed third with a temporary tank plug that eases sodium hypochlorite handling. Read more about it in his October 2019 Opflow article.


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