Early this year, we blogged about the By Kids for Kids (BKFK) 'Going Green Challenge'. The challenge was a call to teenagers to help solve some of our most pressing environmental issues, including global warming, drought, famine and flooding with the winning individual or team receiving a $10,000 grand prize.
Last week that winner was announced by the Weather Channel, which sponsored the challenge, and Elizabeth Rintels, 12, of Keswick, VA won the $10,000 Grand Prize for her "Water Watcher" invention, a device designed to monitor and measure water usage.
"Realizing just how much water it took to take a shower, Elizabeth began seeking a way to enhance awareness of water usage. After learning that reducing her shower time only by one minute would save approximately 1,000 gallons of water per year, she was driven to find a smarter way of utilizing this valuable resource. As a result, Elizabeth created "The Water Watcher," a device that can be fastened to any faucet. It signals a red light and sounds a beep every time a half-gallon of water is used."