Dec 08, 2010

ITT, Black & Veatch and Water For People Help Students with Drinking Water Projects

Winners of Stockholm Junior Water Prize will work to implement their projects in Ghana

ITT Corp., Black & Veatch and Water For People announced that they will be supporting the improvement, refinement and implementation of two student water projects that received national titles in the 2010 Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition, a student competition for water-related research. With this support, national winners from Ghana and the Netherlands will be able to implement their projects, both of which provide new insights into ensuring access to safe drinking water in the developing world. Over the next year, the students will work with experts in the water field before the two projects are tested and implemented in Ghana in 2011.

"There is nothing that is more inspiring than working with young people on ideas that have the potential to change our world," said Ned Breslin, CEO of Water For People. "When implemented, both of these projects could help to solve some of the real issues Water For People sees every day in regions that lack access to safe drinking water."

The first of the two teams included Bruno Andreas, Raymond Bentum, David Mclean and Theophilus Sagoe of Ghana, who created a simple but effective water treatment unit and an educational program to communities to take local actions to improve their health and environment. The project also will help diversify options for water supply in rural communities. The second team, from the Netherlands, included Lianne Siemensma, Wouter van der Wal and Evelien van Zwol, who discovered a way to use radical particles from hydrogen peroxide, chlorine and ozone to disinfect water being transported in contaminated water containers.

Over the next year, the teams will continue to improve their projects in their respective countries and participate in monthly training and reporting sessions with Jim Clark, vice president of Black & Veatch, to obtain additional guidance. The teams also will work together on location in Ghana to fine tune their solutions. Upon both projects' completion, both groups will meet in Ghana to implement their plans. The teams will present their findings at a special seminar at World Water Week 2011 in Stockholm.

"The application of these two projects epitomizes the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, bringing together the next generation of water leaders to change the face of science," said Bjorn von Euler, director of corporate philanthropy at ITT. "After sponsoring the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for the last 15 years, ITT is pleased that Water For People will help bring to life projects that are specifically designed to be implemented in developing countries. It marks one of the best opportunities for projects from the competition to become actual solutions that will help provide access to clean drinking water for those who need it."

"Stockholm Intl. Water Institute (SIWI) and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize are pleased to welcome Water For People to our global community of sponsors and organizers. Implementing these two projects is an important step for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and demonstrates how students involved in the competition are working to make the world a more sustainable place for us all," said Anders Berntel, executive director of SIWI.