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JUNIOR WATER JUMP Award – The Winners

The JUNIOR WATER JUMP, a European start-up competition for water innovation, welcomed participants from five nations.

The winners are:

  • 1st    Prize:    Resistomap 
  • 2nd Prize:    ColFerroX

RWW Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft and SKION Water jointly sponsored the first prize of 13,000 euros, which is handed over to Resistomap.

ISLE UTILITIES awarded an attractive second prize in the form of a BUSINESS COACHING, which is handed over to ColFerroX. 

Resistomap

Resistomap succeeded in developing an early warning system based on quantitative PCR that enables hospitals to carry out pre-screenings and isolations as preventive measures and to limit and completely prevent the spread of infections. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that wastewater-based monitoring can provide data that is otherwise hard to obtain and become the easiest means for obtaining comprehensive information on the prevalence of resistance in hospitals. Resistomap’s ResistApp, is unique as it combines a cutting-edge microbiological technology with the best visualization techniques to make the spread of antibiotic resistance understandable and preventable. The platform allows users to have in-depth information on the levels of antibiotic resistance from their samples and to compare the levels of resistance between samples and over time.

ColFerrox

ColFerroX developed an in-situ remediation of contaminated sites for groundwater protection that involves only minimally invasive interventions. The treatment can be implemented in active industrial sites within a few days. The flexibility of ColFerroX’ technology makes it applicable to a wide range of areas, from remediation of specific heavy metals contaminations like arsenic, to eliminating cadmium contamination in agriculture, both demonstrating the great potential of the technology in contributing to sustainable management of water resources. On an economic level, the technology offers a solution for the recycling of urban environment like brown fields by locally trapping contaminations and thus expanding the availability of industrial sites across Europe.