Passionate teens from USA win honourable waterprize
Two students from the USA, are the happy winners of the 2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
The prize winners Ryan Thorpe and Rachel Chang received the prize 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 at Grand Hotel on the 29th of August.
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.
Rachel Chang was overwhelmed with feelings and emotions when it stood clear that her team had won the prize.
“All the projects here are absolutely amazing, truly of the highest quality. So, to be able to win such an achievement, it feels incredible”, she said.
The Jury was impressed by the winners, in particular their “exceptional intelligence, enthusiasm and true passion for water and human health.”
A Diploma of Excellence was awarded to the students Aniruddah Chowdhury, Arnab Chakraborty, and Rituraj Das Gupta from Bangladesh. Their project researched more efficient ways to remove dyes from textile industry discharges, using a composite of titanium dioxide and cheap, locally sourced chemicals.
“By innovative use of existing technology, they show new possibilities to cost effectively and efficiently treat harmful waste water from textile industry”, the Jury said.
At the Raincoat Foundation, we are proud to have been given the opportunity to play a significant part at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2017. We are full of admiration for all the young passionate and curious teens that have been participating this year. They are all winners and we look forward to follow their future steps and take part of their innovative ideas towards a world where water issues are no longer a problem.
The prize winners Ryan Thorpe, Rachel Chang and H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden