Three Hillsborough County Students Receive Drinking Water Awards

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From the approximately 1,900 elementary, middle and high school students that competed last month at the 2012 Hillsborough County Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fair, three were recognized as Tampa Water Department Drinking Water Award winners.

Grace Pipp from Westchase Elementary School was recognized for a project titled "Rollin on the River." Grace’s project explored the effects on water quality in the Hillsborough River by different types of community development: park, residential, or downtown.

Billy Gibbs of Martinez Middle School was recognized for a project titled "Populated Waters.” Billy’s project investigated whether the population of homes surrounding a lake affects the water quality of the lake.

Joshua Glow from King High School was recognized for his project titled "The Electromagnetic Field Effects of Hydrokinetic Energy Sources on Freshwater Ecosystems in the Hillsborough County Watershed.” Joshua’s project examined how electromagnetic fields in hydrokinetic technology could affect the freshwater ecosystems of the Hillsborough County watershed. In addition to receiving the Tampa Water Department Drinking Water Award, Joshua placed first in the Senior Environmental Science Division and will continue on to compete at the Florida State Science Fair in April.

The Tampa Water Department Drinking Water Award recognizes outstanding science fair projects at various grade divisions related to drinking water resources and/or water conservation. Each winning student received a gift card, a Certificate of Achievement and a Water Conservation Kit.

Information on Tampa’s Drinking Water Awards and this year’s winners are available online at and during March’s Spotlight Tampa airing on City of Tampa Television.