The Future Technologies for Water Competition

The Future Technologies for Water Competition (FTW) aims to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water with a sustainable business plan with wide-scale applicability. The first-place winner will receive $15,000, and the second place winner will receive $5,000. The competition is managed by the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and sponsored by Takata Corporation.

The Water Institute’s mission is to provide global academic leadership for economically, environmentally, socially and technically sustainable management of water, sanitation and hygiene for equitable health and human development and to be a vibrant, interdisciplinary center that unites faculty, students and partners from North Carolina and across developed and developing nations.

To fulfill this mission, the Water Institute is committed to further innovation in sustainable water technologies.

Takata Corporation is dedicated to protecting human life. With 55 plants in 20 countries, the company began by developing seat belts and continues to develop the newest safety technology and make it available globally, with a goal of reducing traffic fatalities to zero. With its commitment to safety and human life, Takata is sponsoring this competition by awarding prize money totaling $20,000 USD.

Shortening the water cycle by looking at grey water and/or wastewater reuse

Recycling with Future Technologies for Water

Technologies in this category aim to shorten the water cycle by looking at ways in which grey water can be used (and therefore treatment does not extend to the same degree as with wastewater treatment) OR technologies aim to enhance treatment technologies for grey water and wastewater, thus shortening the process.

Rapid testing of water samples with an emphasis on in situ and inline testing

Rapid Testing with Future Technologies for Water

Current microbial and chemical testing can involve sample collection to be tested off-site or on-site testing that requires hours to days for confirmation of the presence/absence and concentration of a contaminant.  In situ and inline testing provides rapid results so that water treatment plants and distribution systems can immediately respond and adjust operational parameters as needed.

Protecting vulnerable and sensitive populations

Protecting the Vulnerable with Future Technologies for Water

Vulnerable and sensitive populations refer to the elderly, the young, and the immunocompromised people who may be more susceptible to infections than the average healthy immunocompetent individual.  Examples of technologies that have served to address these populations include at home point-of-use drinking water filters which offer an additional barrier of protection to the the already treated tap water.