Young Engineers competition opens for entries

Calling all young engineers! Develop a solution to the water and sanitation challenges faced by the world’s poorest communities and you could see your design in action.


3 Jun 2014 | UK

The Young Engineers award is open for entries and we're looking for an exciting, creative and innovative solution to a real sanitation problem, to help communities in some of the poorest parts of the world.

The competition is run by the Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE) in partnership with WaterAid, and offers the winning engineer (or engineers) the chance to see if their design can be put into practice where it's needed most. 

Read this year's brief and enter the competition >

One of the winners of the 2013 Young Engineers Award visits Tanzania.
Paul, one of the winners of the 2013 Young Engineers Award, visits Tanzania.

Last year, we challenged entrants to develop an effective system of urine management, to minimise contamination in small towns.

The winning design – a low-cost evaporation system to separate urea and water, so it can be reused by the chemical and fertiliser industry – was submitted by Paul Foulds and Ivana Rusnakova from consultants Hoare Lea. 

They went on to visit WaterAid Tanzania to see if their design was suitable for use in the community.

"During our time in Tanzania, we met with local authorities as well as local people to help us understand how to develop the system further and any problems we might need to overcome," says Paul.

"We met with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Industry and environmental engineers, who mentioned a nearby primary school in Dar-es-Salaam which would be an ideal place to test our system.

"The feedback to the system was very positive. We will be building a prototype in the UK and once the system is in operation, the next step will be to build it in Tanzania, where we hope it will be applied professionally and rolled out to more communities." 

Find out more about the competition on the SoPHE website.