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The Annual Model Water Tower Competition


Future potentially engineers participated in the Model Water Tower Competition

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD), in partnership with the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association – Region VII (AWWA), hosted the 8th Annual Model Water Tower Competition. The event was held on December 3 at WASD’s Alexander Orr, Jr. Water Treatment Plant, where 10 water towers were presented by three high schools (Coral Park Senior High, Jose Marti 6-12 MAST Academy, Terra Sr. High School) and for the first time in 8 years, one middle school (Palmetto Middle School).

Students were required to design and build a water tower with specific size and height requirements. The towers were scored and judged on categories such as cost efficiency, hydraulic efficiency, structural efficiency, and design ingenuity.

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Coral Park High teams claimed first, second and third place for the high school level. The winning teams won $300, $200 and $100 respectively. Palmetto Middle School won first place and $300 for the Middle School category.

The competition was created to educate the area’s students about the engineering field, to build and improve student's critical thinking skills and creativity. WASD wants to be sure that there will be future engineers in the field who will stay in South Florida to face the challenges of the region.

It’s never too early to attract the area’s best and brightest to the Water industry. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders and problem solvers. If this year’s event is any indication as to the level of talent and creativity these students demonstrate, then we should be in good hands in the years to come, said WASD Director Lester Sola.

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