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WASD, AWWA host Seventh Annual Model Water Tower Competition, recognizes three teams for engineering excellence

MIAMI (November 30, 2015)

Seven inventive and industrious high school student teams recently competed in the Seventh Annual Model Water Tower Competition. The annual competition – a joint partnership between the American Water Works Association Florida Section Region VII (AWWA) and the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) – was initiated to educate and inform students about water resource engineering, infrastructure, water treatment and water conservation in the hopes that some students will become future water professionals.

Students learn the components of a water tower and become engineers for a day by solving issues with their working models and brain storming to best design the water tower based on limited specifications. The project allows students to employ not only critical thinking skills, but to be creative, as well.

“This is a great opportunity to engage students,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “The engineering field is exciting and the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department is going to need bright, young employees to help the department face future challenges as we look for ways to continue to serve our 2.3 million customers on a daily basis. Hopefully, some of these students may become inspired to enter the field.”

First place was taken by Miami Coral Park High students: Gabriel Morales, Rafael Rivera and Dairon Abreu. The team shared a $300 prize.

Second Place was earned by Miami Palmetto High students William Nunez and Zachary Wilkes. They shared a $200 prize.

Third Place was taken by another Miami Coral Park High School team comprised of Santiago Sierra, Alexander Donaire, Dalan Polanco and Christian Penate. They shared a $100 prize.

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