LADWP’s ‘Hydro Kings’ team wins international speed contest.

Story courtesy Paola Adler, LADWP; Photo courtesy LADWP

Hydrant Hysteria Champs!

The LADWP’s winning “Hydro Kings” team and other team members included Chris Torres, Tim Gonzales, Alfredo Sandoval, Josh Madrid and Sergio Barragan.

LADWP’s “Hydro Kings” team put it all together, literally, at a recent industry conference.

LADWP’s Water Distribution division had an outstanding showing at the Hydrant Hysteria competition, held at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) ACE23 conference in Toronto in June. LADWP’s Western District “Hydro Kings” team, featuring Water Utility Workers Chris Torres and Tim Gonzales and coach Sr. Water Utility Worker Alfredo Sandoval, placed first out of 24 teams from North America, including Mexico and Canada.

To view a video of the winning performance, see it here:

Congratulations to LADWP’s
“Hydro Kings!”

Hydrant Hysteria is a fast-paced competition where two-member teams assemble a specified hydrant as fast as they can, measuring the team’s skill at assembling a hydrant quickly, totally and accurately. The “Hydro Kings” assembled the competition hydrant in one minute, 12.44 seconds. The second-place team from New England was three seconds slower.

LADWP’s team qualified to represent AWWA’s California/Nevada section along with the City of Huntington Beach. Water Utility Worker Josh Madrid and Water Utility Supervisor Sergio Barragan also competed during the conference in the Tapping Competition and Meter Challenge.

Events like these showcase the skills that LADWP employees use on a daily basis to ensure that our customers receive reliable water service. Congratulations to all who represented LADWP!

The American Water Works Association is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water. Founded in 1881, the Association is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. Its membership includes more than 4,300 utilities that supply roughly 80 percent of the nation’s drinking water and treat almost half of the nation’s wastewater.