Her project focused on the environmental impact of so-called ‘pseudo flushables’.
About Holly's project
The international flushable manufacturing industry is growing while globally sewer blockages are increasing. Sewer authorities remain steadfast – only toilet paper and human waste should be flushed down toilets but manufacturers continue to claim product flushability. Using controlled trials disintegration rates of ‘flushable’ products were determined to see if there were correlations between consumer products intended to be flushed into wastewater systems and increase in costly sewer clogs. Conclusions found ‘flushable-labelled’ products did not disintegrate like toilet paper. Post-experiment residual masses could become sources of sewer clogs and fatbergs. A Red Fish Route education program for youth and communities can be a solution. People are shown the connection between what we flush down our toilets and how it directly affects our water environment fostering lifelong, environmentally friendly flushing habits in the next generation.
About the competition
With financial assistance from the BCWWA and other regional associations, Holly represented Canada at the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition in August. The overall international prize was ultimately won by the Singaporean representatives.
The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the world's most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The prize taps into the unlimited potential of today's high school students as they seek to address current and future water challenges.
For more information, please visit www.sjwp.ca.