A group of Seqwater employees, with a passion for improving water and sanitation in the developing world, have been celebrated as the Asia Pacific winners of WaterAid’s Water Innovators Program 2017.

The elated winners were selected from more than 11 teams who took part in a challenge to devise solutions for water, sanitation and hygiene problems in Nicaragua – a country where 1.1 million people don’t have access to clean drinking water.

One of the members of the team, Seqwater Business Analyst Tracey Geeson said the group had spent the past eight months developing project management plans, designing solutions and learning new skills as water innovators.

“As South East Queensland’s bulk water supplier, our team at Seqwater focused our attention on improving water quality and quantity issues that currently exist in a remote community in Nicaragua called Kuwi Tigni,” Ms Geeson said.

“In acknowledgement of the Spanish-speaking country we were supporting, we called our team ‘Agua Viva’ which translates into ‘Living Water’.

“Our solution was to create a specially designed surface water intake that could be used in a remote community like Kuwi Tigni where resources are limited.”