On Sunday, October 9, the WEF Students and Young Professionals Committee welcomed 25 teams from 21 schools spanning 4 countries and representing 19 Member Associations to compete in the 2022 Student Design Competition.

The event promotes real-world design experience for students pursuing education or careers in water and wastewater engineering and science. Student teams or individuals prepared a design to help solve a water quality issue and presented their project to a panel of judges.

2022 Water Environment Competition winners

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  • University of Waterloo (WEA Ontario)
  • SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (New York WEA)
  • University of South Florida (Florida WEA)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology – Harvey Water Quality Improvements (Illinois WEA)

2022 Wastewater Competition winners

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  • University of Texas at Austin (WEA of Texas)
  • University of British Columbia (British Columbia MA)
  • North Carolina State (North Carolina WEA)
  • Costa Rica Institute of Technology (Central States WEA)


About the Competition


The competition tasks students to prepare and present a design that helps solve a water quality issue. Teams evaluate alternative ideas, perform calculations, and recommend solutions in the form of an engineering report and presentation.

The competition includes two different categories:

  • Wastewater Design — This category includes design projects that traditionally address a challenge within a water resource recovery facility. Examples might include hydraulic capacity design, upgrades to existing treatment systems, and biosolids handling.
  • Water Environment Design — This includes projects that look at things within the broader water environment. Examples include water reuse, stormwater management, and wetland construction.

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