Young Scientists Alleviating Water Shortages


The Young Scientists accomplishment have opened up the world of Science to a whole new level after inventing the fascinating water saving device.

The three 16 year-old learners, Mokgotho Temogelo Thami, Mmola Desmond Kutullo and Nkwane Wayne Luka who are all still in Grade 11 from the Lebeko Senior Secondary School in Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province produced a water conservation device that will help schools and communities to save water, their innovative project deals with water conservation, water purification and the re-use of grey water.

The device uses two aspects, a sensor and a timer. The sensor senses a hand to turn the system on to discharge water. Subsequently, the timer is set to discharge water for a certain period or volume. In addition to the system, a soak-away material is added to the system to absorb water from leaking from the tap. The system also recharges the groundwater and refills the water table or tank underneath. Most of the materials used to build this system were donated while other items were collected from rubbish bins.

This successful academia has presented the three young minds with an acclamation after winning the South African Youth Water Prize (SAYWP) competition and has landed them tickets to Stockholm, in Sweden to represent South Africa in the Annual World Water Week. The World Water Week is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. It has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. Every year, SIWI provides a platform for over 300 collaborating organisations to convene events about water and development issues. It is also an opportunity for individuals from around the globe also present their findings at the scientific workshops. Each year the Week addresses a particular theme to enable a deeper examination of a specific water-related topic. The workshops driven by the Scientific Programme Committee and many seminars and side events focus on various aspects of the theme, this year’s theme will be “Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse.

As part of celebrating the achievement of these learners, The Department of Water and Sanitation together with the Limpopo Department of Education will be holding a farewell function on the 25 July 2017 at Protea Hotel, The Ranch in Polokwane, for the winning learners as they will be going to Sweden to represent not only the province of Limpopo, but the entire country.