Drilling and tapping show down at IWEX

The World Championships of industry's leading water sport will be held in the UK this year, with IWEX playing host.

Drilling and Tapping pits teams of water engineers against each other in a race to connect a property to the mains water supply - all safely simulated at the NEC.

The competition tests skill as well as speed, with time penalties for less-than-perfect workmanship.

This year the event will see national champions from the UK, Netherlands and USA compete for the prestige of winning the World Water Cup.

UK champions Bournemouth & West Hampshire Water will meet their Dutch and American counterparts Amsterdam Water and Columbus Ohio.

There will also be national heats, a contest for women-only teams and a chance for the management to put forward teams to get their hands dirty.

The contest has over two decade of history behind it, with the first taking place back in 1989 to provide a national competition for distribution operatives working for water companies to show off their skills and receive the recognition they deserved for their service to the public.

Since then the competition has grown, with most water companies fielding a side. It is run by the IWO and full details, and rules, can be found on the dedicated drilling & tapping website.

Sam Bond



Click a keyword to see more stories on that topic, view related news, or find more related items.


You need to be logged in to make a comment. Don't have an account? Set one up right now in seconds!

© Faversham House Group Ltd 2009. edie news articles may be copied or forwarded for individual use only. No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent.