2019 Intelligent Water Systems Challenge

May 29, 2019
Fidan Karimova

The Leaders Innovation Forum for Tecnology (LIFT) program, a joint effort of The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), is holding the second annual 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 AWWA, Cleveland Water Alliance, ISA, SWAN, The Water Council, and WaterTAP. 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.

Winning Solution

Team 9 – City of Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, Baylor University, and Carollo Engineers

Topic: Practical Considerations of Operating and Advancing Ammonia-Based Aeration Control
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Runners Up

Team 1 - MWRD Chicago and Illinois State University

Topic: Develop Advanced Models to Predict and Optimize Chemical Dosage for Odor and Corrosion Control
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Team 11 – Pima County RWRD

Topic: Benchmarking & Optimization for Reducing Energy Footprint
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Kick-off Webinar


Supporting Organizations

  • American Water Works Association
  • Cleveland Water Alliance
  • ISA Water/Wastewater Division
  • The Water Council
  • WaterTAP
  • SWAN

Submission Details

Team Registration
Deadline: April 8, 2019
> Submit your Team Registration

Challenge Plan Submission
Deadline: April 22, 2019
> Submit your Challenge Plan

Challenge Solution Submission
Deadline: August 2, 2019
> Submit your Challenge Solution



Contact our Water Technology Collaboration Manager, Fidan Karimova, with questions about the Intelligent Water Systems Challenge.

> Email Fidan


Steering Committee Members

Elkin Hernandez, DC Water 
Tad Slawecki, Limno Tech
Adriana Felix-Salgado, EPA
Nicole Pasch, City of Grand Rapids
Ting Lu, Clean Water Services
Mike Sweeney, Toho Water
Lisa McFadden, WEF
Barry Liner, WEF
Walter Graf, WRF
Fidan Karimova, WRF