Grand Prize 2010

The Grand Prize for the second SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Foundation Water for All Competition was awarded for a technical innovation developed by the Yaoundé Higher Polytechnic School of Engineering (ENSPY) in Cameroon.

The LESEAU project targets populations with no access to the public water supply or with only intermittent access due to frequent interruptions in supply.

Pilots have been under way since 2005 and the results have been very promising in terms of community health, especially for children under five years of age.

In 2009, the pilot phase led to the implementation of a new prototype fitted with a rustic clay filter incorporating bactericidal agents such as colloidal silver.

Over and above the health aspects of this low-cost household solution, Dr Ngnikam’s team intends to use the project to create jobs and consolidate the skills of local community members.

“On behalf of the LESEAU team at ENSP, I would like to thank the SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Foundation for awarding us the Grand Prize in the 2010 “Water for All” Competition. This competition is an opportunity for us to enable the largest number of people to benefit from our work. International recognition of this kind brings us much satisfaction and will spur us on to do better. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the institutions that work daily so that the research can continue and living conditions of researchers in developing countries can be improved.”
Emmanuel NGNIKAM, winner of the Grand Prize, "Water for All" 2010.

Watch the "Grand Prize" winner’s project film