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An eight-member team from
Naparima Girls High School produced
the most feasible and innovative sys-
tem to claim the top award of
$100,000 in the Water and Sewerage
Authority (WASA) national secondary
schools In the Know with H20: Design
and Build competition 2014, on
Tears of joy trickled from faces of the
Naparima girls, at Hyatt Regency,
Wrightson Road, when the team went
up to claim their prize.
Unlike the previous three years when
quiz competitions were held, the 2014
competition saw 19 teams from as many
schools attempt to plan, design and
build a functional system in one of the
categories of agriculture, domestic,
industrial and tourism use with the
ultimate purpose of conserving water.
Each school was given $5,000 in
assistance from WASA to fund the proj-
ect.Naparima Girls domestic design was
created through the efforts of captain
Aleema Mahabir, Shinelle Seepersad,
Chelsea Sudama, Vitra Sookram, Saveeta
Paray, Rachel Trotman, Alana Racha
and Dana Ramsingh. They said the
money would be put to use upgrading
furniture at the school.
Wednesday s function and launch
was attended by a number of senior
officials from WASA, the Ministry of
Education and the Ministry of the Envi-
ronment and Water Resources, including
Minister Senator Ganga Singh.
In his speech, Ganga praised WASA
and the government s roles in addressing
the "supply side of the supply-demand
He said per capita consumption of
water in T&T was 290 litres a day, while
developed countries used approximately
150 litres per capita a day.
"Today, I can report that WASA and
by extension the Government is well
on course to achieving its objective of
a 24/7 (supply) to the population and
has secured contracts, funded by the
IDB (Inter-American Development
Bank) to the value of $1.3 billion for
wastewater improvements in San Fer-
nando and Malabar," the minister said.
Environment and Water Resources Minister Ganga Singh, right, presents
Naparima Girls' College team captain Aleema Mahabir with the first place trophy,
during the prize-giving ceremony for WASA's national secondary schools In the
Know with H2O: Design and Build competition at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-
Spain, on Wednesday. Looking on are Mahabir's teammates and WASA's Chief
Executive Officer Gerard Yorke, left. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
A caiman makes its way through a polluted drain along Pluck Road, San Francique, Woodland on Thursday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
finished second taking home
$50,000, while Mayaro Secondary
finished third for the $25,000 prize.
Arima North Secondary claimed
the Chairman's Award, while Trinity
College won the Excellence in
Practical Design Award and
Northeastern College, the People's
WASA began its public education
programme in 2011 and for three
years hosted quiz competitions
which were won by Bishop's High
(Tobago), San Fernando Central
Secondary and Presentation
College of Chaguanas, respectively.
The competition will return this
year with similar prizes for the top
three schools. The competition,
themed 'WASA 50 years and
beyond' was launched
simultaneously with the awards.
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