Stockholm Junior Water Prize awarded for contaminant-killer
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Stockholm Junior Water Prize awarded for contaminant-killer

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize – sponsored by global water technology company, and Dominion holding, Xylem Inc. – has been awarded to two U.S. students, who have uncovered a powerful method to eliminate dangerous bacteria from drinking water. The prize has fast become a point of innovation for the industry, and this year is no different. The system developed by Ryan Thorpe and Rachel Chang can detect contamination from Shigella, E. coli, Salmonella and Cholera, and eliminate them much more quickly than conventional methods.

Xylem’s share price has risen by 28% so far this year


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The prize’s jury, in its citation, wrote: “This year’s winning project embodies the fundamental principle of providing safe drinking water. 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.”

“This method is applicable to both the developed and developing world. The winning project has used fundamental science in an elegant way to address pathogenic bacteria in drinking water. The project has the potential to revolutionize the future of water quality.”

The students’ system can detect a single reproductive bacteria colony per liter, and eliminate it within an impressive 10 seconds! This is more accurate than conventional methods, which can only detect contamination by a thousand colonies or more per liter, and it is also much faster. Traditional methods may take as much as two days to eliminate the bacteria.


Dominion holds Xylem Inc. in its Global Trends Managed Fund. 

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