Distribution Systems

The Distribution System Committee aims to promote affordable education and training and to foster professionalism and communication among those responsible for operating and maintaining distribution systems. Among its many activities, the Distribution System Committee contributes relevant articles for publication in the section magazine, Tap into Virginia.

Each October, the committee holds the highly successful Distribution Seminar and Utility Rodeo, which draws over 30 vendors and approximately 250 attendees. Started in 1989, this three-day conference includes the widely popular Utility Rodeo, in which individuals and teams participate in the skill-based events of Buried Treasure, Meter Challenge, Splish Splash, Hydrant Hysteria, and Rapid Tappin'.  Current Rodeo Event Rules are maintained on the Distribution Rodeo web page, and as always you can contact the committee chair with any questions about the events or the committee.

In addition to the Rodeo, the Committee holds a one-day seminar in the spring that focuses on topics that are relevant to the Maintenance and Operation of a Distribution System and are geared towards field level and supervisory staff.

VA AWWA Distribution Utility Rodeo 

The following events are held annually at the Distribution Seminar and Utility Rodeo.  Select the link below to learn more about each event, including full rules and regulations. 

  • Buried Treasure
  • Hydrant Hysteria
  • Meter Challenge
  • Rapid Tappin'
  • Splish Splash
  • Water Taste Test
Rapid Tappin Competition
Jun 26, 2024
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hydrant Hysteria (Men)

1st place - City of Virginia Beach - 1:12.71

2nd place - Arlington County - 1:33.25

3rd place - Prince William County SA - 1:36.28


Hydrant Hysteria (Women)

1st place - Arlington County (Previous Champs) - 2:00.13

2nd place - Arlington County (Team 2) - 2:07.65

3rd place - Prince William County SA - 2:24.78

Water Taste Tests

People's Choice - Spotsylvania County

Best of Virginia - Prince William County SA

Meter Challenge

1st place - Austin Sullivan -  Prince William County SA - 0:36.53

2nd place - Jacob Harrison -  Prince William County SA - 0:47.44

Buried Treasure

1st place - Chuck Hartless - Western Virginia Water Authority - 23 3/4" | 4:34.00

2nd place - Noel Goss - City of Virginia Beach - 36 3/4" | 4:51.31

3rd place - Austin Sullivan - Prince William County SA - 52 1/4" | 5:00.00

Rapid Tappin'

1st place - Prince William County SA - 2:06.29

2nd place - Bedford Regional Water - 2:16.97

3rd place - City of Virginia Beach - 2:45.59

Splish Splash

1st place - Mike Sherwood - City of Virginia Beach - 0:23.78

2nd place - Erik Nicely - Prince William County SA - 0:39.47

3rd place - Dave Burnett - City of Virginia Beach - 0:41.28

Committee Contacts
L.C. Campbell | Chair
Lynchburg Dept. of Water Resources
Matt Hood | Vice-Chair
Consolidated Pipe and Supply Company
Committee Meeting Schedule
Please contact Chair for details.
Upcoming Committee Events
2024 Spring Water Distribution Seminar 
Chesterfield, VA