NJ student wins water research competition, will represent U.S. in Stockholm

A student from Milburn High School in Short Hills, NJ, has been named the U.S. winner of the 2011 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)...

WHITE PLAINS, NY, June 28, 2011 -- A student from Milburn High School in Short Hills, NJ, has been named the U.S. winner of the 2011 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP).

Alison Bick's project was selected from 50 winners of state-level SJWP competitions across the country. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) administers the U.S. competition with support from ITT Corporation and other major corporations. ITT is also the international sponsor of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Bick's work, the culmination of over four years of research, sought a low-cost, portable and publicly accessible method for testing water potability. Concerned by the threat of contaminated drinking water in her community, Bick developed several devices to test water accurately for inorganic materials and harmful bacteria.

Bick received $3,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, where she will compete against national winners from more than 30 countries for the international honor during World Water Week, August 21-27, 2011.

In addition, Milburn High School will receive a $1,000 grant toward enhancing water science education and Bick will present her research to thousands of water quality professionals at WEFTEC® 2011 this October in Los Angeles, Calif.

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