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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  June 2013

Meter Madness 2013
Bruce Vaickus, Committee Chair

New Champion Crowned?

I would like to express my sincere congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in Meter Madness at this year’s Watercon. I would especially like to thank Badger Meters for sponsoring the event this year, and extend a big "Thank You” to all of the volunteers. You help to make this event run smoothly during the competition. Thanks to Jeff Morris, our National Meter Madness Chair, for officiating this competition.

David Yelton – Village of Downers Grove; Randy Tachow – Village of Westmont; Kevin Zook – Zook Enterprises; and Jeff Barrett (newcomer) – Village of Channahon made up the field of competitors. All of them did an outstanding job.

Congratulations to Jeff and David for finishing 3th and 4th respectfully. As we went into the final championship round, it came down to Randy and Kevin. Both had a few issues in the preliminary rounds but recovered to make it to the final round.

In the championship round, Kevin flew right through assembling his body but had to slow down when he noticed the meter bottom wasn’t seating correctly! (You could see the sweat on his forehead!) Prior to the competition, Kevin told me that, if he won, he was going to Denver to be in the national competition….. hmmmmm. At the same time, Randy was running a smooth operation at his table putting his Badger meter together. At the 57:35 mark (raw time), Randy had his meter together and his hands up while Kevin finished with at the 59:41 mark (raw time). What is "raw time” you ask? "Raw time” is the time before any penalties are added after the meters are tested. That’s right, our highly trained, specialty testers (Randy and Todd) had the last say! Penalties are issued for things like missing parts, leaking and/or non-working meters, etc. Unfortunately, Randy had several penalties added to his time giving him a final time of 1:35:35. Kevin’s final time of 59:41 proved to be the winning time with no penalties! Congratulations to Kevin Zook, the 2013 ISAWWA Meter Madness Champion! (This was his second championship in the last several years!) Remember what Kevin said before, he will be on his way to Denver to represent the Illinois Section at the National Meter Madness contest.

Next year will be here before you know it. For the 2014 competition, Neptune Meters will be our sponsor. They will supply meters for practice and competition. Remember, you don’t have to be involved with water meters – anyone can compete! I look forward to seeing all of you next year at the competition (we already have two competitors signed up!). If you need to contact me, please email me at


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