The Institute of Water’s National Drilling and Tapping competition took place in Birmingham at Utility Week Live on the 21st and 22nd May and proved again to be an exciting two days, drawing in a lively crowd, fantastic support and a lot of noise!

The Talis Men’s competition saw a close battle between underdogs Clancy Docwra, who have never previously made it to a Drilling and Tapping final and past champions Anglian Water who were both looking to take the trophy from last year’s winners Northumbrian Water.

The competition came down to the last run as both teams successfully secured a ‘quality tap’ however it was Anglian Water who stormed to victory and claimed back the title from Northumbrian Water with a run of 2 minutes 13 seconds. Jason Barratt (Solutions Delivery Engineer) and Lee Maddock (Clancy DOCWRA operative) from the Anglian Water team will now go on to represent the UK once again in next year’s 2020 World Water Cup competition in Orlando Florida!

Jason was delighted with their final run and said:

We had to stay cool under pressure and bring it home safely, sometimes that can be the difference between a win and a loss. We’re thrilled to have the Talis title once again and look forward to representing the UK in 2020!

There was no Women’s competition this year, however, Northumbrian Water Ladies team were recognised for their participation in the UK competition and awarded by sponsor Mueller.

We’d also like to wish Colin Pearson and Alan Dixon the best of luck from Northumbrian Water who are competing at the ACE competition, representing the UK in Denver next month!

Drilling and Tapping Competition 2019 Results

 1st Place and winner of the Talis Men’s Trophy
Anglian Water, 2mins 13secs

Clancy Docwra, 2mins 36secs

 3rd Place
Waternet, 2mins 47secs

The Institute of Water would like to thank all the teams, sponsors and judges involved in this year’s competition. There will be a full write up of the competition in the next issue of the magazine.

The UK Drilling and Tapping competition is organised by the Institute of Water. The next competition takes place at Utility Week Live in Birmingham’s NEC 2020. Entries and enquiries to Megan Williams (Institute of Water) at Web: @drillandtapping