Water quality champion receives 2016 Stockholm Water Prize

Professor Joan B. Rose received the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize on Wednesday, for her tireless contributions to global public health for assessing risks to human health in water and creating guidelines and tools for decision-makers and communities to improve global wellbeing. The Stockholm Water Prize was presented to Joan Rose by H.M. Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, during a ceremony in Stockholm City Hall as part of the ongoing World Water Week.

Rose and her team, whom she calls “water detectives,” investigate waterborne disease outbreaks globally, to determine how they can be stopped and prevented. She was the first person to present the widespread occurrence of Cryptosporidium in water supplies in 1988.

Professor Rose was key in establishing the 2004 WHO Drinking Water Standard, setting out a new WHO paradigm with direct impact on virtually all countries. She also worked in Malawi and Kenya to help translate these into local regulation. Using today’s technology, Rose established an online collective of 140 scientists in the Global Water Pathogens Project.

Congratulations to Professor Rose on the Stockholm Water Prize.

Thai students win Junior Water Prize at World Water Week in Stockholm

Three students from Thailand received the 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) during the 20th anniversary of the SJWP ceremony at the annual World Water Week celebration in Stockholm.

H.R.H Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, patron of the prize, presented the award to Sureeporn Triphetprapa, Thidarat Phianchat and Kanjana Komkla for their innovative water retention device, Natural Innovative Water Retention Mimicry Bromeliad, which mimics the water retention of the Bromeliad plant. The students received the top prize of $15,000 and a prize sculpture. Their school will also receive a $5,000 grant.

The competition was created to encourage young people’s interest in water and the environment. It is open to students aged 15 to 20 who have conducted water-related projects, and draws entries from students from nearly 30 countries around the world.

Xylem Inc. has been a sponsor of the SJWP global competition since it’s inception.

Xylem opens new visitor center in Sweden 

Global water technology company Xylem Inc. opened a newly expanded visitor center adjacent to its global manufacturing facility in Emmaboda, Sweden. The enhanced 400-square-meter visitor center features a new showroom, twice the amount of conference space, a café and office space.

About 1,500 visitors from around the world visit the Emmaboda factory annually. The new visitor center will allow Xlyem to showcase its technologies and solutions to more customers and support a collaborative approach by giving clients a very clear insight into the advanced technologies involved in developing solutions that will solve their particular water challenges.

Xylem’s Flygt-branded water and wastewater solutions for wastewater pumping, dewatering, water treatment, monitoring and control, as well as aftermarket services will be showcased in the new center. The facility will also be used for training sessions for customers and Xylem partners.

Water has a central role in implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal

The issue that rose to the top as the 26th annual World Water Week drew to a close earlier this month was the need for water to be recognized as the enabler of successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda as well as the Paris Climate Agreement. World Water Week is organized by Stockholm International Water Institute, a Sweden-based policy institute working for a water wise world.

World Water Week 2016, themed Water for Sustainable Growth, welcomed 3,100 participants from more than 120 countries. Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including the goal on water was one of the key issues discussed by high-level policy makers, development and water professionals, researchers, civil society and private sector representatives. Throughout the Week, there was a focus on implementation and action, particularly on local and city level, marking a transition from the global discussions and negotiations that led to the adoption of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.

The 2017 World Water Week is scheduled for August 27 to September 1 in Stockholm. The week will focus on water and waste under the theme “Water and waste — reduce and reuse.”