2023 Intelligent Water Systems Challenge

Jan 20, 2023
David Morroni

The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program, a joint effort of The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), is holding the fifth annual Intelligent Water Systems Challenge to demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems to utilities and thereby foster the adoption of smart water technologies. 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.

In this Challenge, teams assembled to take on a self-selected Needs Statement. Teams took the following steps to participate:

  • Registered their team (min 2, max 6) or individual interest by April 14, 2023
  • Submitted their Challenge Plan by May 15, 2023
  • Submitted their Challenge Solution by July 31, 2023
  • The top 3 submissions below were selected to make a final pitch at WEFTEC 2023 in Chicago, Illinois

Winning Solution

Regional Municipality of York, Ontario Canada

Topic: Leveraging Sanitary Sewer Flow and Rainfall Monitoring Data for System Intelligence

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Runners Up

2nd Place - Newport News Waterworks, Virginia and Marathon Consulting

Topic: Optimizing System Flushing with a Smart Phone and a Real Time Model

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3rd Place - Regional Municipality of Peel, Ontario Canada and CANN Forecast

Topic: Using Machine Learning to Optimize Infrastructure Investment for the Water Distribution Network

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If you have any questions, please contact David Morroni regarding the Intelligent Water Systems Challenge.

> Email David


Steering Committee Members

Lisa Thompson, Regional San

Emily Hamilton, Cleveland Water Alliance

Elkin Hernandez, DC Water

Nicole Pasch, Xylem

Tad Slawecki, LimnoTech

Fenghua Yang, Milwaukee MSD

Kira Bhattarai, WEF

David Morroni, WRF



Water Environment Federation




Details about the Challenge and requirements are found in the Guidance Document and FAQ attachments below.

•   Guidance Document

•   FAQ