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Nashua South student gets President’s Award for water purification system

Nashua High School South junior Deepika Kurup has received another award for her water purification system: the President’s Environmental Youth Award, given jointly by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The award, which she won in the spring, was presented in a ceremony in Boston recently. ...

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Nashua High School South junior Deepika Kurup has received another award for her water purification system: the President’s Environmental Youth Award, given jointly by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The award, which she won in the spring, was presented in a ceremony in Boston recently.

Kurup’s project is a lightweight photocatalytic composite that harnesses solar energy for water purification. Kurup developed a simple, fast and cost-effective method in which a composite degrades organics in water and rapidly inactivates bacteria in sunlight, visible light or in the dark.

Her project also developed several prototypes for real-world applications.

She has filed a patent.

Kurup has won numerous awards for this and other environmental science work, including the International Stockholm Jr. Water Prize. She will compete in the international competition in Sweden this fall.

“I am inspired to see such creative and promising work coming from one of New England’s younger citizens,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of the EPA’s New England office.

“Ms. Kurup’s innovative work, and that of the other PEYA winners, bodes well for a cleaner and healthier environment in the future.”

The President’s Environmental Youth Award program recognizes student leaders in environmental stewardship. In a ceremony at the White House, 60 students from nine states across the nation were honored for their contributions to environmental stewardship. At the same ceremony, 17 teachers were recognized for efforts to implement environmental education in their schools and communities.

– Telegraph staff