Water Journal : Water Journal November 2011
feature article water NOVEMBER 2011 45 The International Jury includes experts within the field of water who, by committee consensus, appoint the winner of the international final. The decision is based on the written report, a short presentation of the display material and interviews with the finalists. The Stockholm Water Foundation Board appoints the Jury members. The 2011 International Jury members were: Dr Fredrik Moberg (Chair), Sweden; Mr Björn von Euler, US; Ms Charlotte de Fraiture, Ghana; Ms Eileen O'Neill, US; Dr Piet Lens, Netherlands; Ms Susana Sandoz, Bolivia; Mr Alex Simalabwi, Sweden; and Ms Helene Brinkenfeldt (Secretary), SIWI, Sweden. This year Corinne Cheeseman, AWA's National Manager -- Technical Programs, accompanied Australia's representative to Sweden. As an SJWP national organiser Corinne participated in a number of activities with the SJWP finalists, had the opportunity to share ideas with other national organisers, and received a free registration to attend World Water Week in Stockholm. Congratulations to our Australian Finalist Mathuja Bavanendrakumar was the Australian SJWP finalist for 2011. Mathuja is 17 years old and from the Gold Coast, Queensland. Mathuja submitted her project while she was attending Queensland Academy for Health Sciences. She finished school last year and is now doing a pre-medical degree at the University of Queensland. Mathuja was an excellent representative for Australia. A description of her project is given in the box above. American teenager, Alison Bick, won the 2011 Stockholm Junior Water Prize and a Diploma of Excellence was given to Prasan Warnakula from Sri Lanka. Alison received the 2011 Stockholm Junior Water Prize from HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. The American teen has developed a low-cost portable method to test water quality using a mobile phone. Alison worked for four years on her project, which combines micro-fluidic devices, cell phones and chemical indicators to evaluate water quality. Her innovative method does not only accurately assess the bacteria content of water. It is both significantly faster and up to 200 times less expensive than standard testing procedures. "This year's winning project reflects truly out of the box thinking to find a solution to an important real world problem that is relevant in both a developing and developed country context," said the International Jury in its citation. "It is the result of a creative, multi-faceted, and long-term effort that was triggered by an actual problem in the local community. It has the potential to revolutionise our ability to monitor water quality in a way that is fast, accurate, more flexible and less expensive than existing technologies." "I thought it was absolutely fascinating to speak to all the different contestants from all the different nations and cultures," Alison said after receiving the prize. "It was something I've never experienced before. I am really excited to win such a prestigious contest. Hopefully I'll keep in contact with the other contestants and collaborate one day." A Diploma of Excellence was awarded to Prasan Warnakula from Sri Lanka for his project, 'From pollutant to pulp: industrial symbiosis of textile finishing, paper recycling and pulp production'. The International Jury said, "This year's diploma of excellence is awarded to a project that reflects a refreshing new way of systems thinking that is highly needed for future sustainability. The jury was very impressed by the independent nature of the investigation and especially the innovative approach to conducting the experiments using equipment adapted from items readily available in the home environment. The principle of this detailed project is inspired by nature and will soon be applied in a much larger context: a real world example of industrial symbiosis in a developing country." Entries are now open for AWA's National Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition 2012. For more details visit: www.awa.asn.au/sjwp or email Fleur Johnson at: firstname.lastname@example.org Entries close 30 November 2011. Does Phosphate Run-off from Golf Courses Contribute to Eutrophication in Adjacent Water Bodies? By Mathuja Bavanendrakumar This study investigated whether phosphate run-off from golf courses contributes to eutrophication in adjacent water bodies. Seven golf courses with internal lakes were randomly selected in the Gold Coast and, for each, a water body within a one- kilometre radius was chosen. It was found that all internal lakes in the golf courses and adjacent natural water bodies tested had eutrophication occurring in them, indicating moderate to high risk of algal toxication. Moreover, five out of seven golf-course internal lakes and three out of seven of the adjacent water bodies had excessive phosphate concentrations, which indicates that run-off from golf courses is likely contributing to the eutrophication. The study concluded that reduced fertiliser use on golf courses could lessen local eutrophication. American teenager Alison Bick (right), this year's SJWP winner. Corinne Cheeseman (AWA) and Mathuja Bavanendrakumar meet HRH Princess Victoria before the SJWP Ceremony.
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