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SAICE welcomes Rand Water as the naming-rights sponsor for 2014!

AQUALIBRIUM, the SAICE-Rand Water Schools Water Competition 2014

The finals of this exciting competition will be held:


Friday 25 July 2014




Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
Mirriam Makeba Street

This worthwhile competition never fails to excite the teams, spectators and everybody involved!
Many of the teams are flown to Johannesburg and accommodated in a good hotel - an experience that these young people and some of the educators will never forget! For most, this is a first experience of the ‘big city’. Without the naming-rights sponsorship of Rand Water, and other sponsors such as Bosch Stemele, Marley PipeSystems, the Water Research Commission (WRC), SMEC, the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA), and DPI Plastics  this event would of course, not be possible.

Water distribution networks
Water distribution systems are important to supply safe and clean drinking water to people. The teams are tasked to design a model water distribution network to distribute three litres of water equally between three points on the grid using two different diameter pipes and connection pieces. They are then judged on how well they execute the task – working on a penalty points system. They have a period of about an hour in which to design, build and operate their network. This competition exposes learners to the practical application of processes that influence their daily lives, which is how water gets to their homes.

The grid used for the water distribution network is on a background that depicts the entire water cycle. It intrigues learners, as well as educators, who find it a very helpful educational tool. 

The competition creates awareness regarding the issues surrounding water in South Africa. It spreads the message that water is a precious commodity the use of which should be reduced, then recycled, re-used, respected and conserved. Through this competition SAICE and Rand Water, the current naming-rights sponsor, took the responsibility of spreading the news that water should be used wisely, that infrastructure should be maintained and that new infrastructure should be created to provide potable water to those without water.

This competition strengthens government’s initiatives aimed at encouraging learners to take Mathematics and Science at school and to follow a career as a science or civil engineering professional. Only in this way can we assure that the quality of life of all South Africans will be better in future!

For enquiries on the finals, please contact 
Marie Ashpole
Tel: 011 805 5947
Fax: 011 805 5971
Cell: 082 870 9229

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