News | September 27, 2018

Do You Want To Build A Water Tower?

The Prince William County Service Authority is seeking participants for its second annual Model Water Tower Competition on Saturday, November 3. This fun and educational event provides Prince William County middle school students the opportunity to test their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) skills and earn cash prizes for building functional model water towers.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the three top-scoring individuals or teams. Entries will be rated on structural, hydraulic and cost efficiency as well as design ingenuity. Click here for detailed instructions and criteria.

“Last year’s inaugural competition showcased exceptional engineering and design skills by local middle school students,” said Deputy Director of Communications Kathy Bentz. “The 13 participating teams met the requirements of the competition, but each team also had a unique structure and design style. The winning model water tower was fully functional and looked like a disco ball.”

The deadline to register for the Model Water Tower Competition is Friday, October 19, with the first 25 individuals and teams automatically entered into the contest. The competition is open to public, private and home school students in grades 6 through 8 in Prince William County. To register, please click here.

Students have until the November 3 competition day to design and build their model water towers. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Prince William County Service Authority, located at 4 County Complex Court in Woodbridge. Participants will submit their entries for demonstration and scoring by judges from the Service Authority and the Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association.

The Service Authority will be provide the required connectors for the model water towers in an effort to minimize costs for participants. For more information, visit

Source: Prince William County Service Authority