Filters it and indicates whether or not it is safe to drink
The lives of thousands of people in developing countries could be saved by a water filtration system designed by a Northern Ireland student that has struck gold at an international competition.
Graeme Browne’s Brightwater invention collects rain water, filters it and indicates whether or not it is safe to drink.
It has the potential to contribute towards the eradication of water pollution which accounts for the deaths of more than 25,000 people every day.
Brightwater won a gold award at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering and Environment Project (I-Sweep) olympiad in Houston, Texas where 500 young scientists from 68 countries shared ideas to promote global sustainability.
The former Grosvenor Grammar School pupil was the only person from Ireland selected to attend I-Sweep.
Sammy Taggart, head of technology and design at Grosvenor, said “Graeme has picked up gold at I-Sweep within the engineering category.
“It is the second consecutive year a representative of Northern Ireland has done this, both pupils coming from Grosvenor.
“He hopes to continue to improve the efficiency of the product, whilst further reducing its cost in the coming months.”
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