2018 Intelligent Water Systems Challenge

Jun 24, 2019
David Morroni

The LIFT program, a joint effort of The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), hosted its first-ever Intelligent Water Challenge to demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems to utilities and thereby foster the adoption of smart water technologies. The Challenge is also supported by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN), International Society of Automation’s (ISA) Water and Wastewater Division, Cleveland Water Alliance, The International Society of Automation, The Water Council, Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP), BlueTech Research, and the International Water Association (IWA). The Challenge gives students, professionals and technology aficionados the opportunity to showcase their talents and innovation, with a focus on leveraging data using the best available tools to help utilities better understand the dynamics of complex systems and make better decisions.

The Challenge, which ran from April 9 – September 3, 2018, made general problem statements and example data sets available to participants, and provided a series of informational webinars to introduce participants to the data sets and underlying systems.


Winning Solutions

Great Lakes Water Authority
Solution: Stormwater Management
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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Solution: Odor Control
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Clean Water Services
Solution: Influent Pump Stations
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Kick-Off Webinar


Supporting Organizations

  • American Water Works Association
  • BlueTech Research
  • Cleveland Water Alliance
  • The Water Council
  • SWAN
  • ISA Water/Wastewater Division
  • WaterTAP
  • Imagine H20
  • The International Water Association


Contact David Morroni, with questions about the Intelligent Water Systems Challenge.

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Steering Committee Members

Ting Lu, Clean Water Services

Tad Slawecki, Limno Tech

Adriana Felix-Salgado, EPA

Elkin Hernandez, DC Water

Mike Sweeney, Toho Water

Lisa McFadden, WEF

Barry Liner, WEF

Jeff Moeller, WRF

Fidan Karimova, WEF



Xylem - Diamond Sponsor

Hach - Gold Sponsor