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Georgia's Model Water Tower Competition


Model Water Tower Competition Mission Statement:

“From today’s youth come tomorrow’s leaders
– let’s lead some to the water profession.”

The Model Water Tower Competition is designed to provide information to youth about water resource engineering, infrastructure, water treatment and water conservation in hopes that some will become future water professionals. The contest is for middle schools, and it allows students to learn about the water profession through a fun-filled, hands-on science project. Each student or team of students (up to 4 per team) constructs a functioning model water tower.

The students learn that a water tower has three main components: an elevated tank, a riser pipe, and a structure to elevate the tank. In addition, students experience what it is like to be an Engineer for a day by solving issues with their towers and trying to come up with the best design based on provided, limited specifications. The towers are tested to make sure they meet the specifications for both materials and dimensions.

Towers are judged based on three criteria: structural efficiency, hydraulic efficiency, and design ingenuity/interview presentation. 

If you are interested in hosting a Model Water Tower Competition in the fall, please CLICK HERE to fill out an interest form, then familiarize yourself with the competition materials below.  Interest forms must be submitted by the end of February in order to hold a competition in the fall.


To-Go Packet & Support Material for Planning

To-Go Packet 

Full competition overview including budget & timeline!


Volunteer Sign-up Sample Sheet

Media Contact Sample Press Release

Get a Registration Page for Your Competition OR use the Printable Registration Form that students may return to you (GAWP recommends you select one (1) method for Student Registrations) 

MWTC Presentation Basic for Teachers and Students (PPT)

Notes for Student Presentations

Student Packet Template (Doc)

Technical Concepts (Doc)

Competition Logo (PNG)

Competition Data Entry Spreadsheet (XLSX)


Competition Day Printable Materials 

Competition Day Checklist 

Score Sheets: 

    1. General Team (Hydraulics, Materials, Dimensions)

    2. General Individual (Hydraulics, Materials, Dimensions)

    3. Subjective Judging 

    4. Artistry Judging

Station Signs (PPTX)

Station Instructions (print 1 set of instructions for each set-up at each station)

   1. Registration (2 copies)

   2. Dimensions (2 copies)

   3. Materials (1 copy)

   4. Hydraulic Testing (3 copies)

   5. Subjective Judging (4 copies - 1 for each judge and 1 for the volunteer)

   6. Data Entry (2 copies)

Certificate of Participation Template (PPTX)

Honorary Category Certificate Templates (PPTX)

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place "Big Check" Templates (PPTX)

Award letter template for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners (docx)


Student Activities 
(Station Ideas with instructions and materials list)

Blind Taste Test

Conservation Station

Density Experiments

Drops on a Penny

Water Filter

Where in the World is that Water Tower?

If your utility has a Project WET certified educator, the Project WET curriculum contains some easy and fun water activities.

Do you have an activity that would be good for the Model Water Tower Competition? 
Please share it with other participants in the Student Activities forum on the MWTC group page of the GAWP website! (you must be logged in to view this page)