Oregon student wins United States Stockholm Junior Water Prize, will
participate in international competition
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- June 17, 2013
Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company focused on
addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, congratulates Anirudh
Jain of Portland, Oregon on his selection as the 2013 winner of the United
States Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) – the world’s most prestigious
youth award for water-related science and technology projects.
Jain’s project, “Use of Sulfidation as a Novel Method for Reducing the
Toxicity of Silver Nanoparticle Pollution,” examined use of sulfidation as a
viable approach to reduce the toxicity of silver nanoparticle pollution during
wastewater treatment. The project received top honors out of the 48 state
entries at the national competition held in Portland, Oregon on June 14 – 15.
In September, Jain will represent the United States at the International
Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition in Stockholm, Sweden, where he will
compete with 30 other students from around the world for the honor.
In addition, Jain will receive a $10,000 scholarship, the opportunity to
present his research to water quality professionals at the Water Environment
Federation’s (WEF) 86th annual technical exhibition and conference in October,
and his school will receive a $1,000 grant toward enhancing water science
education. This year, SJWP has increased the scholarship amount awarded to the
U.S. national winner to $10,000 to help elevate the importance of water
research and education to the nation’s audience of high school students.
Xylem has been a sponsor of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for the past 15
years and was a leading voice in its creation. Through its corporate
citizenship and social investment program, Xylem Watermark, Xylem is working
to make a sustainable mark in the world by providing safe water, sanitation
and hygiene education to children and families in need, and to help people
affected by disasters and other emergencies. The program also works to bring
innovative solutions to these issues around the world, and supporting the
Stockholm Junior Water Prize is an important part of those efforts.
“We are proud to be a supporter of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, helping
to inspire the curiosity and imagination of the next generation of water
leaders,” said Michael C. Fields, director, citizenship and social
responsibility at Xylem. “Xylem Watermark is committed to provide and protect
safe water resources for communities in need, and we constantly seek to drive
impact through innovation.”
In addition, Isabella Cafaro and Sarah Orga received the Bjorn von Euler
Innovation in Water Scholarship Award for their project, “Reducing Escherichia
coli and Fecal Coliform Contamination at South Shore Beach.” The $1,000
scholarship recognizes projects that demonstrate a unique passion for
education and awareness of sustainable water management. It honors the work of
former WEF board member and retired Xylem Watermark Director Bjorn von Euler.
Xylem (NYSE: XYL) is a leading global water technology provider, enabling
customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public
utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and
agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries
through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad
applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the
world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Xylem is headquartered
in White Plains, N.Y., with 2012 annual revenues of $3.8 billion and
approximately 12,900 employees worldwide. In 2012, Xylem was named to the Dow
Jones Sustainability World Index for advancing sustainable business practices
and solutions worldwide.
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transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our
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