Myself and my colleagues at Team Aquator have just put everything away from our internal Mario Kart Tournament which was a great success raising over £240 for WaterAid! The event also encouraged our colleagues to get a couple of minutes of fresh air during their day. We stuck to the one track throughout the event with the overall winner setting a time of 1:52 which was over 40 seconds quicker than the slowest time of the tournament. It is safe to say that I don’t think any of us will be in Formula One anytime soon! In my last update I mentioned that the team had selected Columbia as our solve challenge country but what does this actually mean? Well now is the time to find out. Our first step on this journey was to attend a WaterAid Webinar on 22nd May where we asked five questions to someone with first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing Columbia. Throughout solve the team will specifically be looking at water issues facing the indigenous Wayuu population in La Guajira. This population live in predominantly scattered communities of families and clans, with an average population density of 100 people per square kilometre. Their water is scarce and comes from multiple sources, such as: dysfunctional borehole wells, shallow hand dug wells and natural rainwater ponds. Our challenge is to create a supply chain and marketing strategy for household water treatment for the Wayuu population. We are going to attempt to develop a framework for the collection, transportation and cleaning of water taking into account the different background aspects needed for sustainable implementation. I hope that gives you a good insight into the solve element of Winnovators and next month I will be covering the final element which is learn.
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Hi, I'm Lewis from Team Aquator. You have heard from my colleague Danny at team H2W0W so I thought it was about time you heard from me at Team Aquator (no that’s not a spelling mistake, it means water around the globe). It’s been a really busy couple of months for us, we have picked Columbia as our solve country (more on that at a later date); begun preparations for numerous events such as a golf day, curry and comedy night and Mario Kart tournaments. We have raised over £500 for WaterAid already! We kicked off our WaterAid awareness and fundraising campaign on World Water Day with an event in a local department store. The team really enjoyed getting the chance to spread WaterAid’s message to the local community and we also managed to raise £127 in the process – a great start! We followed this up with an internal ‘Guess The Weight Of The Easter Hamper’ competition with over 300 Thames Water employees taking part. With the winner taking all the chocolatey goodies home with them. I hope that gives you an introduction to what our team has been upto and from now on I'll be posting regular updates on our progress and the exciting upcoming events. So keep your eyes open for our next post which will focus on the solve element of Winnovators. If you have any questions or comments please do post them as the team would love to hear from you!
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