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SCEC Competitions

Every day operators and technicians must operate treatment facilities, solve problems, respond to emergencies, and perform analyses related to our water, wastewater treatment and the collection systems. Few know about the behind-the-scenes work performed every day by South Carolina's professionals.


The 2020 SCEC will once again play host to the exciting operational challenges you've seen in the past.


Operations Challenge

Do you have what it takes to compete? Register for the Brawl at the Beach now!
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Student Posters

Undergrad and graduate students will have the opportunity to present their research in a friendly competition. Learn more

Best Tasting Water

Think your utility has the best tasting water around? Here’s your chance to prove it.
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2020 Competitions Information

Please see the list below for competition-specific sponsorship opportunities.

Quick Links

2020 Competitions Schedule (all events) New!

2019 WEFTEC Operations Challenge Results (PDF: 5MB)

2019 Competitions Results (Excel)


Competition Info

Operations Challenge

Hydrant Hysteria

Top Ops

Meter Madness 

Pipe Tapping

Best Tasting Water

Student Poster Contest

Fun Run / Walk




Operations Challenge

Register now! There is a 12-team limit for this competition. Registration deadline is February 22, 2020. See below for registration package. First and second place awards for both in-state and invitational teams. Questions? Please contact Greg Hill, PWO Committee Chair.


2020 Brawl at the Beach

Team Registration


2020 Ops Challenge Team Registration and Waiver Forms (PDF)

  • Application deadline: February 22, 2020.
  • Application fee: $100 per team
  • Please complete the application and waiver forms included in the registration form above.

Sponsorship Opportunity

Competitions Information

2020 Event Guidelines 

All events are the same as last year except the Safety Event, which has been updated below. For more information, visit the National Operations Challenge Team Resource Center.


SCEC competitions



Hydrant Hysteria





Top Ops





Meter Madness




Pipe Tapping




Best Tasting Water Contest

Think your utility has the best tasting water in South Carolina? Here’s your chance to prove it! Bring a sample of your utility system’s potable water and let our panel of “expert” judges decide whose water tastes the best. 


The contest will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the Exhibit Hall. To participate, please review the instructions linked below and deliver your water samples to the Hall of Fame area between 9am – 12pm on Sunday, March 15. 


2020 Best Tasting Water Contest - How to Enter (PDF)



Best Tasting Water Contest





2020 Student Poster Competition

Monday, March 16, 2020

9:00 am – 3:30 pm - Student Poster Sessions

10:00 am – 2:00 pm - Judging (Awards during the Young Professionals Social)
Exhibit Hall

Our Student Poster Competition has continued to grow over the years. We are excited to once again offer this opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from across the state to present their research to over 1,600 water professionals attending SCEC.


Two students will be given the chance to represent South Carolina at WEFTEC and ACE later in the year. Please stop by and talk with these talented students in the Exhibit Hall and learn about their exciting work that may be the next big break-through in the water industry!


Submitting a Poster

Please complete the Poster Submission Form and Poster Waiver Form below along with a one-page abstract describing the subject of the poster presentation. The deadline for for submitting poster abstracts is January 31, 2020.

Student posters will be displayed and judged as a part of the South Carolina Environmental Conference (SCEC) technical program, which covers various topics regarding water and wastewater treatment, including operations and maintenance, water distribution, wastewater collection, biosolids, engineering and construction, industrial environmental concerns, non-point source pollution, customer service, public education, water quality, and sustainability.


The poster session will be held Monday, March 16, 2020. Students may register for the full conference at a reduced rate of $65, which includes the Sunday Exhibitor Reception, one Luncheon, Operator Breakfast, and the Grand Finale. A one-day registration is also available to students at no charge. (Poster presenters are not required to attend the entire conference.) Please complete the registration form above to attend the conference.


Poster Awards

There will be two state honors presented on behalf of SCAWWA and WEASC. These honors offer the

winners the opportunity to attend and present their work at the national conference of each sponsoring Association. The AWWA Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held in Orlando, FL on June 14-17, 2020, and the WEFTEC Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference will be in New Orleans, LA on October 5 – 7, 2020. Monetary recognition for the overall 2nd, 3rd and 4th place presentations will also be provided.





Fun Run / Walk

Sunday, March 15

7:30 am - 8:15 am

Plyler Park by the Boardwalk

Ocean Blvd & 10th Ave. N


Start the conference out right! Come join us for the 6th Annual Beach Fun Run/Walk. Don't forget to let us know you will be participating on your registration form and include your T-shirt size. It's FREE!


Fun Run Participant Waiver Form (PDF)


Beach Fun Run


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