HCWA Hosting GA Model Water Tower Competition
The Henry County Water Authority (HCWA) will be hosting the Georgia Model Water Tower Competition for Henry County Schools on Friday, Nov. 15, at its Tussahaw Water Treatment Plant. Henry County Middle School students from Locust Grove and Austin Road Middle Schools will be participating.
The Georgia Model Water Tower Competition is a friendly, local competition among Middle School students in Henry County who are challenged to design and build water towers with specific size and height requirements, while learning more about the value of water and the water industry.
This year, the gathering of Middle School Students from Henry County at the Tussahaw Water Plant is one of nine regional events being held in conjunction with the statewide Georgia Model Water Tower Competition. The other eight events being held this fall and winter include those Competitions in Clayton County, Fulton County, Cobb-Marietta, Griffin-Spalding County, City of Carrolton, City of Augusta, Fayette County, and Cherokee County.
The student model water towers are judged based on three criteria – structural efficiency, hydraulic efficiency, and design ingenuity. In addition, participating students will complete interviews with a panel of industry professionals to answer questions about their science project. The model water towers may be designed and constructed from any materials. However, students are rewarded for using creative designs and recycled materials, such as everyday household items. HCWA water professionals will serve as judges for the event.
The Georgia Model Water Tower Competition, which was first held in 2012, is organized by the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association (GAWWA) and the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP).
The objective of the Georgia Model Water Tower Competition is to make participants more aware of the importance of reliable drinking water, while introducing them to rewarding (career) opportunities available in the water profession.
To do so, the Model Water Tower Competition requires that students develop an idea into a functioning water tower, just as water professionals do within the industry. The competition also engages students in hands-on learning of STEM curricula – science, technology, engineering, and math – which are emphasized by Georgia educators and school administrations.
Chris Wood, Ph.D.