The UK Drilling & Tapping Competition is a time trial for teams of two organised by the Institute of Water and open to anyone connected with the water industry.
The aim of the competition is to drill and tap a 150mm-diameter ductile iron main under available pressure, together with the installation of a simulated service connection in the quickest time possible. Skill, dexterity and speed are a prime requirement, but quality is paramount and time penalty points are added if there are any leaks or infringements of the Rules & Regulations governing the Championships.
The quality of the work is then judged and seconds are added to the running time for leaks, safety and other technical violations. The team with the fastest time wins and a prize is awarded for a ‘quality tap’ i.e. no penalty points incurred.