2018 LIFT Intelligent Water Systems Challenge

The LIFT program, a joint effort of The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), is holding its first-ever Intelligent Water Challenge to demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems to utilities and thereby foster the adoption of smart water technologies. The Challenge is also supported by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN), International Society of Automation’s (ISA) Water and Wastewater Division, Cleveland Water Alliance, The International Society of Automation, The Water Council, Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP), BlueTech Research, and the International Water Association (IWA). The Challenge gives students, professionals and technology aficionados the opportunity to showcase their talents and innovation, with a focus on leveraging data using the best available tools to help utilities better understand the dynamics of complex systems and make better decisions.


The Challenge, which will run from April 9 – September 3, 2018, will make general problem statements and example datasets available to participants, and will also provide a series of informational webinars to introduce participants to the datasets and underlying systems.

We invite you to view the recorded webcast to learn more about the Challenge at www.wef.org/LIFTChallenge2018Launch. Additionally, refer to our FAQs and the LIFT Kick-Off Webinar to learn more. 

The registration for this challenge is now closed.





Great Lakes Water Authority

Stormwater Management


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Odor Control


Clean Water Services

Influent Pump Stations


Steering Committee Members

Ting Lu, Clean Water Services
Tad Slawecki, Limno Tech
Adriana Felix-Salgado, EPA
Elkin Hernandez, DC Water
Mike Sweeney, Toho Water
Lisa McFadden, WEF
Barry Liner, WEF
Walter Graf, WRF
Jeff Moeller, WRF
Fidan Karimova, WRF

Diamond Sponsor


Gold Sponsor

Supporting Organizations

If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Nic Christy at nchristy@wef.org. If you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact Lisa McFadden at lmcfadden@wef.org