Their ingenious system to save household water and use it to flush the toilet impressed the judges in the competition, which attracted more than 120 entries.
The third-years at Carlow Institute of Technology came up with the idea of the water-recycling tank which could be used in any home in Ireland.
As well as being environmentally friendly, the innovation brought the title of Enterprise Ireland Student Award 2003 for Paul Fowler, John Woods, John O’Neill, Emlyn Holden and Sean Osborne. All five are third year students in Carlow IT’s National Diploma in Computer Systems Management course.
Their tank and plumbing system collects water from showers, sinks, washing machines, dishwashers and other household appliances. It then filters and recycles the waste water to be used for cleaning and flushing toilets. For their troubles, the students picked up the top prize of €6,500 from Tánaiste Mary Harney in Trinity College Dublin.
They had hot competition from four other shortlisted teams in the Ulster Bank-sponsored event: Queens University Belfast, Tallaght IT, Dublin Institute of Technology and Galway Mayo IT.