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October 10, 2017

30 years of Drilling and Tapping

2018 marks the 30th year of the Institute of Water UK Drilling and Tapping Competition and we’re on the lookout for new teams who think they have what it takes to compete!


What is UK Drilling and Tapping?

The competition is a time trial for teams of two and is open to anyone connected with the water industry. The challenge is to drill and tap a 150mm diameter ductile iron main under available pressure, together with the installation of a simulated service connection in a safe, controlled and quick fashion. Skill, dexterity and speed are a prime requirement, but quality is paramount and time penalty points are added if there are any leaks or safety violations.


CLICK HERE to see this year’s teams in action.


Why enter UK Drilling and Tapping 2018?

Prizes are awarded for a ‘quality tap’ and best newcomer among others. The men’s and ladies’ teams with the fastest times win an all-expenses paid trip to showcase their skills on the world stage to compete in the overseas competition.


The competition brings in the crowds year after year thanks to the enthusiasm and camaraderie from the teams leaking into the audience and creating an electric atmosphere. The competition not only gives teams the opportunity to showcase their skills but also offers companies the excuse to show off their employee’s talent.


The Institute are holding a UK Drilling and Tapping open day at Anglian Water on the 17th November where there will be demonstrations from the professionals and an opportunity to have a go yourself. CLICK HERE to find out more.


The 30th Annual UK Drilling and Tapping competition takes place on the 22nd – 23rd May 2018 as part of Utility Week Live in Birmingham. Visit to find out more.


resized 1990 - National D&T Champions (Anglian Water)

Image: 1990 competition winners, Malcolm Holmes and Jeff Ray, Anglian Water

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