Congratulations to the 2019 Winners!

  • First Place: Joshua Templeton of the Alabama-Mississippi Section at 31.10
  • Second Place: Tommy McCormick, Texas, 32.09
  • Third Place: Carlos Camacho, Pacific-Northwest, 43.40


We hope that each of you continue to remain healthy and safe during this time.

This is a reminder that for ACE22, the meter that will be used will be the Mueller water meter 5/8” x ¾” 420 bronze positive displacement meter.

All practice meters for the 2022 competition were distributed between July 2019–May 2020. Practice meters will no longer be distributed for the 2021 Meter Madness competition since competitors and Sections should have everything required for the 2022 Annual Conference & Exposition.

Mueller Water Company will not provide additional practice meters for the remainder of 2021 and leading up to the 2022 Meter Madness competition. They have gone above and beyond supplying water meters for competitors and Sections and we determined that it would be unfair to ask Mueller to provide meters for consecutive years due to the financial commitment required.

We appreciate the donations from Mueller and look forward to seeing you all compete in 2022 in San Antonio (June 12-15, 2022).


AWWA Meter Madness Subcommittee & AWWA Staff

AWWA Meter Challenge Hall of Fame

2019 in Denver, Colo.

1st Place – Joshua Templeton, Alabama-Mississippi, 31.10 
2nd Place – Tommy McCormick, Texas, 32.09
3rd Place – Carlos Camacho, Pacific-Northwest, 43.40

2018 in Las Vegas, Nev.

1st Place – Joshua Templeton, Alabama-Mississippi, 30.44
2nd Place – Leamon Anderson, Texas, 31.37
3rd Place – Carlos Camacho, Pacific Northwest, 33.19 
4th Place – Alex Ouzts South Carolina, 37.34

2017 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Meter Used: Badger Recordall Model 25 with Local Register
1st Place – Miguel Ibarra Caster, Mexico, 32.22 in Semifinals, 38.87 in Finals
2nd Place – Jaime Torres Salazar, Mexico, 30.31 in Semifinals, 38.96 in Finals
3rd Place – Dennis Laskowski, Texas, 34.78 in Semifinals
4th Place – Edward Navarrete, South Carolina, 37.25 in Semifinals

2016 in Chicago, Illinois

Meter Used: Mueller Systems 420 PD Meter
1st Place – Julio Alberto Castillo, SIMAS Monclova y Frontera, Mexico, 14.72
2nd Place – Michael Sherwood, City of Virginia Beach, Virginia
3rd Place – Scott Mays, Beckley, West Virginia
4th Place – Edward R. Navarrete, Isle of Palms, South Carolina

2015 in Anaheim, California

Meter Used: Master Meter MMPD 5/8″ x 3/4″
1st Place – Samantha Dietz, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 33:28
2nd Place – Edward Navarrete, Isle of Palms, South Carolina, 36:25
3rd Place – Mike Sherwood, Virginia Beach, Virginia., 36:00
4th Place – Alejandro Torres Salazar, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, 1:01:99

2014 in Boston, Massachusetts

Meter Used: Neptune 5/8 T-10
1st Place – Michael Dunavant, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 33:16
2nd Place – Edward Navarrete, Isle of Palms, South Carolina, 34:18
3rd Place – Samantha Mason, Spotsylvania, Virginia, 35:91
4th Place – Richard Greenwell, Troy, Michigan, 49:03

2013 in Denver, Colorado

Meter used: Badger Recordall Nutating Disc Meter Model 25 
1st Place – Michael Dunavant, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 33:31
2nd Place – Maximo Velazquez, Jr., Mount Pleasant South Carolina, 36:15
3rd Place – Scott Mays, Beaver, West Virignia, 37:18
4th Place – Edward Navarrete, Isle of Palms, South Carolina, 37:31

2012 in Dallas, Texas

Meter used: Mueller 420 Series IIS Magnetic Drive Positive Displacement Disc Meter 
1st Place – Edward Navarrete, Isle of Palms, South Carolina, 30:63
2nd Place – Andy Willetts, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 31:63
3rd Place – Kyle Waterfield, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 33:34
4th Place – Eric Smith, Dubois, Indiana, 38:28

2011 in Washington, D.C.

Meter used: Master Meter Postive Displacement 5/8” x ¾” 
1st Place – Seth Casaroti, Fredericksurg, Virginia; 0:38.37
2nd Place – Jason Escobido, San Antonio, Texas; 0:39.56
3rd Place – Michael Dunavant, Fredericksburg, Virginia; 40.59
4th Place – Brian Rodriguez, Key West, Florida; 1:02.28

2010 in Chicago, Illinois

Meter used: Sensus SR11 
1st – Brian Rodriguez, Florida Keys Aqueduct, Florida 0:36.19
2nd – Ron Kemper, Beaverton, Oregon, 0:35.87
3rd – Michael Dunavant., Fredricksburg, Virginia, 0:37.82
4th – Johnny H. Rodriguez., San Antonio, Texas, 0:45.72

2009 in San Diego, California

Meter used: Neptune 5/8” T-10
1st – Christopher Kozlowski, Charleston, South Carolina, 0:45.38
2nd – Ronald L. Baker Jr., Spotsylvania County, Virginia, 0:46.09
3rd – Ron Kemper, Beaverton, Oregon, 0:101.84
4th – Seth Casarotti, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, 0:140.25

2008 in Atlanta, Georgia

Meter used: Badger, Recordall Model 25 Meter 
1st – Eric Kresmery, Elgin, Illinois, 0:46.69
2nd – Michael Dunavant., Spotsylvania County, Virginia, 0:45:20
3rd – Ronald L. Baker Jr., Spotsylvania County, Virginia, 0: 53.32
4th – Michael Smith, Lansing, Michigan, 1:06.3

2007 in Toronto, Ontario

Meter used: 5/8” – ¾” – 1” Hersey-Meters 400 Series IIS
1st – Greg Presser, Salem, Oregon, 0:50.38
2nd – Ronald Baker Jr., Spotsylvania County, Virginia, 0:55.57
3rd – Toby Cothran, Salem, Oregon, 0: 57.04
4th – Max Velazquez, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, 1:00.81
5th – Michael Dunavant, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, 1:12.72
6th – Fred Cleveland, Austin, Texas, 1:10.94

2006 in San Antonio, Texas

Meter used: AMCO #C-700
1st – Greg Presser, Salem, Oregon, 47.12
2nd – Michael Dunavant, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, 47.59
3rd – Mike White, Lynchburg, Virginia, 48.59
4th – Christopher Ray Whorley, Chesterfield Co., Virginia, 53.33
5th – Jim Etheridge, Village of Oswego, Illinois, 54.98
6th – Benjamin Chapa, San Antonio, Texas; 55:03

2005 in San Francisco, California

2005 National Competition was not held

2004 in Chicago, Illinois

Meter used: AMCO #C-700
1st – Michael White, Lynchburg, Virginia, 0:35.72
2nd – Dewayne Vincent, Austin, Texas, 48.49
3rd – Klell Hollar, Orlando, Florida, 50.19
4th – Jason Gainor, Portland, Oregon, 52.80
5th – Michael Sims, Logansport, Illinois, 1:11.00
6th – Larry Gillette, Portland, Oregon, 01:27.70

2003 in Portland, Oregon

Meter used: AMCO #C-700
1st – Jason Gainor, Portland, Oregon, 0:45.72
2nd – Ronald Baker Jr., Spotsylvania County, Virginia, 0:49.70
3rd – David Worthey, Austin, Texas, 0:50.24
4th – Michael White, Lynchburg, Virginia, 0:55.02
5th – Max Velazquez, Isle of Palms, South Carolina, 0:57.15
6th – Curtis Swartz, Fremont, California, 01:03.55
7th – Klell Hollar, Orlando, Florida, 01:04.67
8th – Brett Ransford, Carmel, Indiana, 01:23.97

2002 in Nashville, Tennessee

Meter used: Badger #25
1st – Ronnie Baker Jr. Spotsylvania County, Virginia, 0:41.12
2nd – Max Velazquez, Isle of Palms, South Carolina, 0:46.27
3rd – Curtis Swartz, Fremont, California, 1:02.75
4th – Jason Gainor, Portland, Oregon, 1:04.71
5th – Steven Russel, Logansport, Indiana, 01:11.34
6th – Klell Hollar, Florida, 01:14.61
7th – Benjamin Chapa, San Antonio, Texas, 01:19.02

2001 in San Diego, California

Meter used: Badger #25
1st – Jason Irvine, Lynchburg, Virginia, 0:36.68
2nd – Max Velazquez, Isle of Palms, South Carolina, 0:52:31
3rd – Curtis Swartz, Alameda County, California, 0:52.39
4th – Lionel Galvin, Corpus Christi, Texas, 0:53.22
5th – Ashlyn Foster, Las Vegas, Nevada, 0:60:31
6th – Mike Sims, Logansport, Indiana, 0:66:37

2000 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Meter Used: 5/8” x ¾” Master Multi-Jet C-708 (Master Meters)
1st – Lionel Galvan, Corpus Christi, Texas, 0:20:24
2nd – Johnny Rodriguez, San Antonio, Texas, 0:21:18
3rd – Ronnie Baker Jr., Spotsylvania, Virginia, 0:23:31
4th – Tim Senisbaugh, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 0:23:31
5th – Bruce Miller, Orlando, Florida, 0:28:76
6th – Audrey Benton, Las Vegas, Nevada, 0:40:18

1999 in Reno, Nevada

Meter Used: 5/8” x ¾” Hersey 400 Series IIS (Hersey Meters)
1st – Lionel Galvan, Corpus Christi, Texas, 0:50:11
2nd – Joe Heath, Austin, Texas, 0:50:40
3rd – Michael White, Lynchburg, Virginia, 0:52:81
4th – Sharon Pinkerton, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1:14:93
5th – Matthew Davis, Logansport, Indiana, 1:19:83
6th – Jim Ward, Orlando, Florida, 1:30:95

1998 in Austin, Texas

Meter Used: 5/8” x ¾” Precision Multi-Jet C-708 (Invensys formerly Precision Meters and Sensus Technologies)
1st – Joe Heath, Austin, Texas, 0:43.26
2nd – David Worthey, Austin, Texas, 0:43.77
3rd – Raymond “Bruce” Miller, Orlando, Florida, 0:49.23
4th – Johnny Martinez, San Antonio, Texas, 1:01.22
5th – Matthew Hood, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1:02:87
6th – Denny Clouse, Medford, Oregon, 1:37.06 seconds

1997 in Norfolk, Virginia

Meter Used: 5/8” x ¾” Kent C-700 (ABB)
1st – Johnny Martinez, San Antonio, Texas, 0:39:37
2nd – Michael White, Lynchburg, Virginia, 0:40.63
3rd Place – Roque “Rocky” Villarreal, San Antonio, Texas, 0:41:59
4th Place – Andy Parsms, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1:16:03

How will the number of Teams competing at ACE22 be determined? 

A: The number of Teams permitted per Section for each Competition are outlined in the competitions rules. Each Section is responsible for determining which Team(s) will compete at ACE22. 

What materials will be used in the ACE22 competitions? 

A: The materials for ACE22 will remain the same as ACE20 and will be as follows: 

Meter Madness: Mueller water meter 5/8” x 3/4”. All practice meters have been distributed. 

Hydrant Hysteria: Kennedy K81 Hydrant 

Pipe Tapping: Please refer to the "Equipment and Materials Section" #46-61 of Pipe Tapping Rules and Regulations.

Are there Competition Rule changes for 2022? 

A: There are no rule changes. 

Our team is a returning champion. Will we still be able to seek reimbursement in 2022? 

A: Returning Champions will be reimbursed for expenses related to ACE22 competitions per AWWA volunteer reimbursement guidelines. 

I was one of the Local Host volunteers for ACE competitions, what happens now? 

A: Thank you for volunteering!. Local host volunteers for ACE22 will be recruited from the Texas AWWA section.

What will happen with World Water Cup Competition? 

A: The 2022 World Water Cup in San Antonio will be the finale of the event through AWWA. The World Water Cup Champions will be crowned mid-day Monday, June 13th. 

How can I show off my team spirit? My team and I have practiced and were looking forward to ACE? 

A: Post pictures using the #AWWAcompetitions and tag @awwa, and to keep the momentum going. We look forward to seeing all of you compete in 2022! 

Who should I contact if I have more questions? 

A: Please contact

AWWA Meter Challenge FAQ’s

What is AWWA Meter Challenge?
AWWA Meter Challenge is a fast-paced competition where contestants assemble a specified water meter from a bucket of parts.

Where is it held?
AWWA Meter Challenge Contests are often held during AWWA Section Conferences. The national-level of this contest is conducted at AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE).

Who is eligible to enter?
Two representatives may participate from each Section. In addition, the local host may send a participant. In the case of more than one local host, only one person may enter from the locality.

How can the Section winner enter the national AWWA Meter Challenge Competition?
Every competitor for the national Meter Madness Contest must pre-register for the contest using an online registration form. Please register by May 1st so that the competition coordinators can accommodate all competitors.

Must Competitors register for the Conference?
No, it is not necessary for competitors to register for the entire conference unless they plan to attend professional sessions, etc. Complimentary exhibit hall badges will be provided to participants so they can gain admittance to the hall on the day of the contest.

What is the prize?
A plaque or trophy (to be determined by AWWA) will be awarded to each of the 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place winners at the national-level competition. A crystal trophy will be provided by AWWA to the 1st-place winner, and acrylic paperweights for the 2nd- to the 4th-place winners. The 1st place winner will have his or her expenses reimbursed to compete in the following year’s competition at the AWWA Annual Conference, subject to AWWA expense policies.

What brand of water meters are used? Sponsoring manufacturers and the AWWA Meter Challenge Subcommittee determine the yearly meter featured. This meter is specified on the AWWA Meter Challenge Competitor Info tab, along with a diagram of its assembly. In 2022 this meter will be the Mueller water meter 5/8” x 3/4”.

Will any parts be left out of the buckets?
We do not want to put heavy parts in the bucket because there would be a chance that you could break the other parts when you dump your bucket. Therefore, we will leave the case, bottom plate and the register out of the bucket.

Is your company interested in providing InKind materials for a competition?
Please complete the attached Donor Expression of Interest Form. Completed forms can be sent to the Competition Coordinator.

AWWA Meter Challenge Competitor Info

Are you looking to compete in the AWWA Meter Challenge Competition? This section contains all the information you need.

  • Contestants will be provided the Mueller 5/8”x3/4”
  • Meters are intended for meter assembly and practice. Practice meters are not guaranteed for accuracy and are supplied for competition use only.
  • Tools and a fixture to hold the meter will be provided at the national contest but will not be provided free of charge with practice meters.

AWWA Meter Challenge Assembly Instructional Video

AWWA Meter Challenge Sponsors

AWWA specifically does not endorse products manufactured by sponsors and takes no position concerning the adequacy of such products or their compliance with any AWWA Standard.