Midhurst students win prize for water ideas

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STUDENTS from Midhurst Rother College left a visitor from overseas impressed with an innovative idea to raise awareness of saving water, energy and money.

The college has close links with the Kibomet Secondary School in Kitale, Kenya. During a visit to the UK, Kibomet’s principal Emmanuel Okutoyi Mukoya presented college youngsters with prize money of £2,500 from the 2011 Water Design Challenge.

The challenge is an award-winning scheme run by Southern Water and the Design Council which aims to inspire young people and their families to cut their water and carbon footprint.

Last academic year Midhurst Rother College’s nine-member team –Imogen Reed, Eleanor Goodman, Rizwan Chowdhury, Joe Cook, Mart Oomen, Bobby Dale, Cameron Gibbon, James Gibbs and Courtney Goodman – came up with a concept for a monitor to show how much water and energy is being used in a building, as well as an accompanying mobile phone web application, complete with a range of games, to promote water and energy efficiency.

Their idea earned the school £2,500 in prize money which they plan to use to install a large screen in the reception area of the new £31m college building. The screen will provide constantly updated information on the amount of water, electricity and gas which is consumed by the college.