Hydrant Hysteria | ACE

Congratulations to the 2023 Winners!

Women's Hydrant-Hysteria

First Place: Region of Peel, Ontario Section 1:51:56
Second Place: Battle Creek, Michigan Section 1:53:19
Third Place: Toronto, Ontario Section 2:20:66

Men's Hydrant-Hysteria

First Place: LADWP, California/Nevada Section 1:12:44
Second Place: Bristol County, New England Section 1:15:98
Third Place: Wauconda/Des Plaines, Illinois Section 1:21:46

Thank You To Our 2024 Material Donors and Sponsors:

2019 in Denver, Colorado

1st Place: Wauconda Forever, City of Wauconda, Illinois Section, 1:17.46
2nd Place: City of Glendale, Arizona Section, 1:27.84
3rd Place: Covington Water, Pacific Northwest, 1:32.15 

1st Place: Brozettes, City of Surprise, Arizona Section 1:58.59
2nd Place: Master Builders, City of Olathe, Kansas Section 2:03.21
3rd Place: Pink Water Monsters, City of Chicago, Illinois Section 2:10.28 

2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada
1st Place: City of Virginia Beach, Virginia Section, 1:14.10
2nd Place: Sacramento Hydromaniacs, City of Sacramento, California-Nevada Section, 1:25.57
3rd Place: Cutters, City of Des Plaines, Illinois Section, 1:30.78 

2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1st Place: Bloomington Bluebirds, City of Bloomington, Minnesota Section, 1:33.60
2nd Place: Sacramento Hydromaniacs, City of Sacramento, California-Nevada Section, 1:35.69
3rd Place: Midnight Hydrant Repair, Wisconsin Section, 1:58.97 

What is Hydrant Hysteria?
Hydrant Hysteria is a fast-paced competition where two-member teams assemble a specified hydrant as quickly as they can.

How do I acquire section competition materials/practice materials? 
The sponsor for the 2023 rotation of events will be Clow Valve Company. Unfortunately Clow is experiencing supply chain issues and will not be able to supply hydrants until January 2023. The committee will allow other hydrants to be used, if necessary, for section competitions prior to January. Please reach out to competitions@awwa.org with questions. 

Where is it held?
Hydrant Hysteria Competitions are often held during AWWA Section Conferences. The national-level of this Competition is conducted at AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE).

Who is eligible to enter?
One two-member team may participate from each Section. In addition, the local host may send a second team. In the case of more than one local host, only one team may enter from the locality. In addition, each team member 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.

How can the Section winner enter the national Hydrant Hysteria Competition?
Each two-person team must pre-register for the national Hydrant Hysteria Competition using an online registration form. Please register by May 1st so that the competition coordinators can accommodate all teams. If you are a section winner, please contact competitions@awwa.org to confirm your eligibility and gain access to registration.

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 competition.

What is the prize?
A plaque or trophy will be awarded to the winners at the national-level contest. The 1st place team will have their expenses reimbursed to compete in the following year’s contest at the AWWA Annual Conference, subject to AWWA expense policies.

What brand of hydrants are used?
Sponsoring manufacturers and the Hydrant Hysteria Subcommittee determine the yearly hydrant featured. This hydrant for 2022 is the Clow Medallion. 

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


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. AWWA Sections and competitors may use the hydrant of their choice for the regional competition, provided it meets the specifications listed in the competition rules.