Global Student Innovation Challenge Calls on Next-Generation Leaders to Tackle Water Security

Global water technology leader Xylem is inviting high school and university students worldwide to develop solutions to the world’s biggest water challenges by joining the 2024 Global Student Innovation Challenge. Innovators aged between 13-25 can submit ideas to tackle three global problems: reducing plastic ocean waste, lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and minimizing water waste – all of which supports more secure and resilient water systems for communities.  During the 8-week challenge, which begins on March 15, students will be mentored by leading water industry experts and learn about key…

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U.S. Water Utilities Deploy PFAS Treatment Technologies to Safeguard Drinking Water for Communities

As U.S. and European lawmakers tighten restrictions on toxic PFAS contaminants in water, utilities and businesses are working to safeguard drinking water supplies for communities. Often referred to as “forever chemicals,” PFAS are widely used, long lasting chemicals whose components break down slowly over time. PFAS chemicals are human-made but have become widespread in some water sources across the country and can have potentially harmful effects on human and animal health. Latest estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) monitoring program show that one in four public drinking water…

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Nairobi Water Project Tops Fan Vote in Xylem and City Football Foundation’s ‘2023 Water Heroes Academy’

Against a backdrop of escalating global water challenges, young leaders are stepping up to make a difference with the Water Heroes Academy – a joint initiative by Manchester City’s global community program, Cityzens Giving, and global water technology partner, Xylem. Launched in 2021, the initiative empowers young leaders to tackle water challenges in their local communities by using the power of football to provide essential education on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). This year, five water projects led by inspiring young leaders in Bangalore, Barranquilla, Nairobi, Tacloban City and Washington…

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Young Innovators from 78 Countries Develop New Solutions to World’s Water Challenges

Students from 78 countries have proposed fresh ideas to address the world’s intensifying water challenges with entries in the 2023 Global Student Innovation Challenge hosted by water technology leader Xylem. More than 1,000 students created new solutions for a range of pressing water issues, including green hydrogen production and reducing plastic pollution. Now in its third year, the challenge invites the next generation of water innovators to solve critical water issues and empowers them to become leading contributors to serious environmental challenges. This year, students were challenged to analyze the…

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Global Water and Wastewater Utilities Take Aim at Climate Change

Water and wastewater utilities are executing ambitious decarbonization goals, according to a new survey of 100 utilities in North America and Europe. Sponsored by global water technology leader Xylem the survey finds that 75% of respondents intend to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals by 2040 or earlier. 48% of respondents have set a net-zero emissions goal, and 42% have set an emissions reduction goal. “The water sector has an important role in the global effort to reduce GHG emissions,” said Patrick Decker, President and CEO at Xylem. “Our sector…

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