Gimmicks & Gadgets Contest

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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 AWWA’s 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 all about the 2016 winning entry

Congratulations to John Lins with Des Moines Water Works for winning the 2016 Gimmicks & Gadgets contest with Swabbie, an innovative tool for cleaning and disinfecting the interior of any diameter or length of pipe before the pipe is installed in a distribution system during water main repairs. For more information, read his October 2016 Opflow article and view the video.



Learn all about the 2013 winning entry

The Ironman allows Raleigh, N.C., personnel to avoid excavating difficult-to-reach valves