Midhurst Rother College pupil’s top secret water-saving idea

The Midhurst Rother College pupils with their certificates with left to right Rowan Boase, Schools Programme Manager at Global Action Plan; John Evans, STEM ambassador for Southern Water; and Matthew Wright Chief Executive Officer for Southern Water.
The Midhurst Rother College pupils with their certificates with left to right Rowan Boase, Schools Programme Manager at Global Action Plan; John Evans, STEM ambassador for Southern Water; and Matthew Wright Chief Executive Officer for Southern Water.

MIDHURST Rother College students impressed Southern Water’s chief executive Matthew Wright with their innovative water-saving ideas.

They presented them for this year’s Southern Water-run Aqua Innovation competition when he visited the college at the end of March.

Each team has help from a mentor specialising in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).

John Evans, who works for Capita Symonds, a professional services company who support a number of Southern Water projects, is working with the school as their STEM ambassador for the duration of the Aqua Innovation programme.

Student Fons Oomen, aged 12, presented his idea – currently top secret in accordance with contest rules – to the audience which also included the college’s principal Dr Joe Vitagliano.

The students were presented with an Environmental Action certificate, endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme, an award given to people who make a measurable difference to help the environment.

Mr Wright said: “We are constantly striving to educate people about saving water. Aqua Innovation is great as it teaches people to use water more wisely. What better way is there to change habits in the household than to speak to our younger generation?”