22 June 2015: London. TeenTech winners launch the eWATERtap to solve the hidden crisis in Africa.
One powerful innovation showcased at TeenTech.com was developed by three schoolchildren, Jack Hygate, Connor Humphries and Lawrence Bu-Rashid from Park House School in Newbury. With the help of the charity, Africa Water Enterprises, they clinched the crown in the Infrastructure category, sponsored by Network Rail, for their design of the E-Water Tap. Taken to full prototype stage, this is a new way to help improve water distribution in Africa. The team has a patent pending and has already secured £50,000 investment from leading charity Africa Water Enterprises, and will see 100 taps installed in a number of African villages by January 2016. The students stretched their programming skills to develop a way of monitoring water distribution to help improve the sustainability of water provision in rural Africa. Often water is collected by young children and they have incorporated imaginative learning opportunities into their system.
Speaking of the new venture, Alison Wedgwood, Chief Executive for Africa Water Enterprises, said: “AWE is completely overwhelmed by this idea. We think it could not only revolutionise rural water supplies in Africa, but drastically help what the Department for International Development is calling the ‘hidden crisis’. While many charities install new taps, there is no way to currently monitor and fix the many broken ones – so this is a hugely ground-breaking way to make sure the taps stay usable and that a regular water supply is accessible by those who need it most.”
AfricaWaterEnterprises is seeking funding and partners to take the eWATERtap and their eWATERpay initiative throughout The Gambia and the rest of Africa to enable economic development and the sustainability of Installed Water Systems in developing countries.