MSUToday
Published: April 6, 2017

MSU Water Fountain Challenge winners to be announced

Last fall, 2016 Stockholm Water Prize recipient Joan Rose, asked Michigan State University students to design a water fountain of the future.

Months later, nine teams of graduate and undergraduate students have advanced to the final round and are working to design a fountain in one of three categories: community fountain, school drinking fountain and emergency response. Three grand prizes will be awarded to student teams – first place will receive $15,000; second place, $7,000; and third, $5,000. 

“Water fountains serve as a community gathering space, providing access to wholesome water in public spaces,” said Rose, MSU’s Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair in Water Research. “In the face of increasing concerns over water contaminants, a redesign of the modern drinking fountain can bring people together.”

Finalists in the contest will be highlighted during the Fate of the Earth Symposium at 4 p.m., April 12 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

“We know the answers to some of the most important questions – like maintaining clean drinking water in all situations – are right here on this campus,” Rose said. “Our students represent the next generation of problem solvers.”

What does the next water fountain look like? Thatís the question that 2016 Stockholm Water Prize recipient Joan Rose asked students across the Michigan State University campus.

What does the next water fountain look like? Thatís the question that 2016 Stockholm Water Prize recipient Joan Rose asked students across the Michigan State University campus.

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