Young Students win Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Article Date: 30th August 2017

Two students from the USA, Ryan Thorpe and Rachel Chang, received the 2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize on Tuesday, for their novel approach to detect and purify water contaminated with Shigella, E. coli, Salmonella, and Cholera. H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented the prize at an award ceremony during World Water Week in Stockholm.
 
In its citation, the Jury said: “This year’s winning project embodies the fundamental principle of providing safe drinking water. The winner’s motivation is to eliminate millions of human deaths each year. The project developed a unique, rapid, and sensitive method to identify, quantify and control water contaminants.”
 
The students constructed a system that detects and purifies water contaminated with Shigella, E. coli, Salmonella, and Cholera more rapidly and sensitively than conventional methods. . The students’ novel approach could prevent the contraction and outbreak of waterborne diseases and expand potable water throughout the world. The Jury was impressed by the winners, in particular their “exceptional intelligence, enthusiasm and true passion for water and human health.”
 
The UK Country Organiser is the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and their Honorary Vice President, Alastair Moseley, who Chairs the Future Water Association Innovation Hub, was there to support the winner of the UK Competition, Krtin Nithyanandam. Alastair commented "The SJWP was fantastic this year and our UK entry was definitely amongst the top quartile of entries. Krtin's project was a bioplastic that he has created that removes E-Coli and sequesters lead from water. With this invention we really could have plastic beakers in future that treats the water that is in them!" Alastair adds "the incredible innovation and skill exhibited by all of the SJWP entrants this year is breath-taking with many equal to any final year degree project. The really exciting thing for me though was to see these young people sharing ideas and developing new initiatives - and Krtin for one has already established links with four of the project teams to combine his thinking with theirs - who knows what technologies might emerge from this Competition to really change the way we manage water and make it safe and accessible for all? This is real innovation in the making!"
 
Related Initiatives                                      Young Water Dragons Initiative
 

This was posted by future water association in Industry News

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