2024 Intelligent Water Systems Challenge

The 2024 Intelligent Water Systems Challenge has officially begun! Please continue reading for more information, including relevant dates, official documents, and more.



Today’s water industry operates complex treatment, collection, and distribution systems to protect public and ecological health. These systems are increasingly instrumented to monitor key process indicators and other parameters to facilitate operations.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and Water Research Foundation (WRF) are holding the Intelligent Water Systems Challenge to demonstrate the value to utilities of these “intelligent water systems”. The Challenge seeks to foster the adoption of smart water technologies by showcasing the ability of intelligent water systems to effectively leverage data for better decisions.

Recognizing big data can be used to address complex issues such as stormwater management, flooding, aging infrastructure, distribution system water quality, CSOs, SSOs, process optimization, and asset management, the IWS Challenge is looking to demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems to utilities.

The Challenge allows students, professionals, and technology aficionados 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.

Challenge Documents

2024 Challenge Timeline

  • January 22 - Challenge Launch
  • April 15 - Webcast for Interested Participants in the IWS Challenge
  • April 29 - Team Registration Deadline
  • May 20 - Challenge Plan Deadline - Click here to be taken to the submission portal!
  • July 29 - Challenge Solution Deadline
  • September 2 - Finalists notified
  • October 7 - Finalist presentations and awards ceremony at WEFTEC 2024

Contact Kira Bhattarai of WEF.

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