Shape Inc becomes lead supporter for the 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition in California


Pleasanton based Shape Inc has signed on to be CWEA’s lead supporter for the 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition in California. The SJWP program is run collaboratively by CWEA and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), our global organization.

Shape Inc’s support for the SJWP competition will allow CWEA to advertise the program more widely to California high school students, provide travel support for the winner and allow the development of new competitions to promote interest among high school students about California’s water quality and water treatment technologies.

Shape Inc is a distributor of Xylem products here in California including their family of Flygt water and sewer pumps. Founded in 1979, Shape Incorporated is a manufacturer’s representatives firm dedicated to the municipal water and wastewater market, through engineered products and processes. Shape is partners with ITT Industries, one of the world’s largest premier pump manufacturers.

“We’re proud to support the Stockholm Junior Water Price competition in California this year,” said James Merritt, President of Shape Inc and a 1994 inductee of CWEA’s 5S wastewater honor society. “The California drought has shown all of us the importance of treating water wisely. This competition gets young people thinking about water technology and perhaps these students will be the water professionals of the future who save California from the next drought.”

“We’re excited to have Shape Inc as this year’s sponsor of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition in California,” said Elizabeth Allan, Executive Director of CWEA. “Over the years California high school students have turned in outstanding water research projects and we look forward to being inspired once again by the amazing ideas the students have for us this year.”

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition is the world’s most prestigious water-science competition for high school students. The winner of the California competition will advance to the national level, and the winner of that event will represent America at the global competition in Sweden.

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Previous winners of the California SJWP have developed systems which detect pathogens; analyze the formation of trihalomethanes; remove nanoparticles from water and screen for toxic chemicals.  The purpose of the SJWP program is to increase students’ interest in water-related issues and research and to raise awareness about global water challenges.

The 2015 winner of the California prize is Michele Eggleston from Mt. Everest Academy in San Diego with her research project “Is It Clear? Is it Clean? Correlating Turbidity and Bacterial Contamination Using a Home Made Nephelometer.” Her science teacher is Trudy Pachon. The 2015 winner of the global SJWP is American Perry Alagappan from Houston, Texas.

CWEA’s Membership and External Relations Committee oversee the SJWP competition each year including approving the winner. The committeeis chaired by Ian Mackenzie a CWEA-WEF Delegate Director, member of CWEA’s Board of Directors and an engineer for Hazen and Sawyer. The staff liaison for the SJWP is Megan Barillo, Communications Manager. Megan Yoo Schneider is chair of WEF’s national SJWP Committee. Mrs. Yoo Schneider conducts policy research and public outreach for the Moulton Niguel Water District.

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Shape Inc provides products and services to the Northern California, Central Valley and Northern Nevada market. We have expertise in pumps, blowers, compressor equipment, chemical, physical and biological process equipment. For more information about Shape Inc please visit

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