Canadian Student Competing for the 2014 International Stockholm Junior Water Prize in Sweden

Ms. Hayley Todesco, senior at Queen Elizabeth Junior Senior High School in Calgary, Alberta won the 2014 Canadian Stockholm Junior Water Prize. She will be travelling to Sweden to present her project ‘Waste to Water: Biodegrading Naphthenic Acids with Novel Sand Filter Bioreactors’ at the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition in Stockholm.

Hayley carried outstudies to design, construct, and investigate the use of slow sand filters newly applied as novel aerobic bioreactors to the microbial degradation of naphthenic acids. This treatment process could help deal with contaminated water in oil sands tailing ponds at a faster rate than typical processes and recover water for reuse. Hayley is an enthusiastic scientist in training, very proud to be representing Canada at this international competition.

About the SJWP

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) final will be held during the 2014 World Water Week from August 31 – September 5, organized and hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute.

This competition is open to young people between 15-20 years of age, who have conducted water-related projects focusing on local, regional, national or global topics of environmental, scientific, social or technological importance. As a result of national competitions in 30 countries, thousands of young people around the world develop personal interests, undertake academic study, and often pursue careers in the water or environmental fields. The winner of the international Prize receives an award of $15,000 USD, and a custom-made blue crystal sculpture crafted by Swedish glass artisans.  An award of $5,000 USD will be given to the winner’s school.

2014 Finalist Catalogue – Find all this year’s exciting projects!

For more information please visit the Canadian Stockholm Junior Water Prize website at