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Waterloo’s student entrepreneurs are ready to build their own water pipes with a simple kit

Waterloo students are excited about creating their own personal water pipes, but they are still learning how to work with plumbing equipment and other supplies.

“We are in the early stages of this, but we are really excited,” said student entrepreneur Alex Smith, who recently completed a three-month program at the university.

“This is a really cool opportunity to really work with a tool and get some hands-on experience,” he said.

“The main focus of this program is getting hands-ons experience with different types of plumbing tools, but in order to get that experience we need to have an understanding of how to actually make the pipes.”

The students, who will spend six months on campus learning to work from scratch with a basic set of supplies, have already received some positive feedback from students who have worked with their own equipment, Smith said.

They are also learning how the technology of the internet and mobile phones has improved their understanding of the process of building a basic water pipe.

“What has helped is just the sheer amount of stuff that you can find online, from the DIY to the tech to the tools, and I think that is really helpful,” he added.

Waterloo students will work from home to learn the fundamentals of building and using their own pipe, and will be able to use the tools to make their own home plumbing equipment.

“In the past I would go to a friend’s house and just try to build stuff myself,” Smith said, adding that his new project will be more collaborative.

“I want to help other people do the same.”

Waterloo is one of the oldest universities in Canada, and the University of Waterloo is a member of the Waterloo Entrepreneurship Network (UEWN).