Krtin Kanna Nithiyanandam is the UK’s leading young light in regards to water and sustainability issues after being announced as the winner of CIWEM’s UK Junior Water Prize.
Run by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the Stockholm Junior Water Prize pulls together creative young minds from all over the world, encouraging their continued interest in water preservation, protection and access alongside sustainability issues, who have conducted projects of “environmental, scientific, social or technological significance.”
This year’s winners were announced at the end of Augus with Ryan Thorpe and Rachel Chang from the USA getting “highly commended” accolades for their novel approach to detect and purify water contaminated with Shigella, E. coli, Salmonella, and Cholera.
The prize ceremony was held at The Grand Hotel in Stockholm, as part of World Water Week. Participants from over 30 countries around the world travelled to Sweden with high hopes of earning the chance to represent their nation at the international final held during the World Water Week. All finalists from participating countries were invited to Stockholm for five days to take part in the global conference through a variety of activities. Each of the finalists were further interviewed by a jury of international experts, who collectively decided who was worthy of winning this year’s prize.
The national and international competitions are open to young people between the ages of 15 and 20 (must be pre-university students) who have conducted water-related projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance.
17-year-old Krtin, winner of the CIWEM UK Junior Water Prize, said: “Taking part in this prize has been a fantastic experience. The award ceremony has been wonderful, and I have really enjoyed meeting other like-minded young individuals who are passionate about water and sustainability”.
Krtin’s project “A Novel, Photocatalytic, Lead-Sequestering Bioplastic for Sustainable Water Purification and Environmental Remediation” won the UK judges over. His entry focuses on meeting global wastewater management challenges, and exhibits wastewater as an opportunity rather than a waste product.
The US winners received a USD $15,000 award, a blue crystal prize sculpture, a diploma as well as the stay in Stockholm. The prize was awarded to them by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the Patron of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
Terry Fuller, Chief Executive at CIWEM said “It is a fantastic opportunity to be here in Stockholm for the Junior Water Prize and see so many young people who really care about water. This competition provides support and encouragement for the next generation of water and environment professionals across the world.”