Belfast Telegraph

Teens in clean water mission

BY JOANNE SWEENEY

Two Northern Ireland teenagers will make a life-changing trip to Uganda today to trial their innovative water sanitation system.

Co Antrim pupils Emily Lecky and Zoe Cheshire have devised a simple but effective system that uses the sun's heat to purify untreated water.

Tested in their own back gardens and in the Ballyclare High School laboratory, the pupils will travel with two of their teachers to test the economically-viable and environmentally-friendly solar powered water sanitation system, working with local farmers and women's groups to eradicate waterborne diseases.

The 14-year-olds were the Year 11 BT Young Scientist 'Special Award' Winners announced in Dublin in January, winning the Irish Aid award in collaboration with Worldwise Global Schools and Self Help Africa.

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