American Water Works Association of Minnesota Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The Three-Day-Long Conference Kicked off Wednesday at the DECC

Pipes were busting left and right at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Wednesday, but no need to worry.

It’s all part of an educational conference going on until Friday.

The American Water Works Association of Minnesota is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week with their annual conference at the DECC.

Every year, the technical conference brings together hundreds of water professionals and utility leaders from around the state of Minnesota.

Conference goer Christopher Glassing said, “Lots of times we just turn on our tap water and it’s there, but there’s actually a lot of life skill and work that goes into producing clean drinking water so when you turn your tap on it’s there.”

Presentations run throughout the three day conference. On Wednesday, crews were competing in pipe tapping, meter madness, and hydrant hysteria competitions.

“There’s a tremendous amount of resources that go into making sure that, that water is clean and safe to drink. Which is very unique to the United States because there are so many parts of the world that don’t have that benefit,” Glassing said.

A “Best in Glass” tap water competition also took place Wednesday, with the winner being the City of St. Cloud.