WSSC Awards Environmental Prize at Prince George’s County Science Fair

23rd annual fair focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, draws hundreds of participants

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Laurel – May 23, 2013: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) sponsored the special award for environmental entries at the Prince George’s County “Kids for Science” STEM Fair on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The recipient was Nicolas Held of Robert Goddard Montessori School (Seabrook, MD).

Nicolas' entry focused on the level of phosphates contained in biodegradable versus non-biodegradable soap. Nicolas noted that phosphates prompt algae blooms in rivers, lakes and the Chesapeake Bay. He found that while hand soap is created by phosphates, non-biodegradable laundry soap and hand washing soap that Nicholas tested had fewer phosphates than biodegradable items.

While this science fair is a competitive event, the primary goals are to showcase young scientists of Prince George’s County Public Schools, to promote an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to establish partnerships with the local professional community.

Environmental stewardship is a key pillar of WSSC’s mission. Sponsoring this special award focused on environmental sciences at this year’s science fair was a natural fit.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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