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Transforming the water sector with sensor technology

How Ontario’s researchers are transforming the water sector Taking promising research from the lab bench to the marketplace isn’t a simple journey. But with a little help, investigators at Ontario universities are commercializing their discoveries. And the technologies they’ve developed — from high-tech sensors to artificial intelligence and nano-catalysts — promise to change water monitoring, [...]

2019-11-12T14:50:33+00:00November 11th, 2019|Features|

Ready or not? Managing Ontario’s municipal water and wastewater assets

Ontario municipalities are facing a deadline. Under provincial Regulation 588/17, they must have an asset management policy in place by July 2019, followed by targets for Levels of Service by July 2021. These requirements makes good business sense. To manage infrastructure appropriately, you need to know what you have and what condition it’s in. An [...]

2019-05-27T18:27:47+00:00May 27th, 2019|Features|

Research supports opportunities for Ontario’s wastewater treatment plants to process off-site organics and generate RNG

The primary goal of wastewater treatment is to remove organic material and nutrients that can hurt lakes and rivers and be detrimental to human health. No question, that’s a critical job. But more and more municipalities across Ontario are adding a second objective: extracting value from wastewater. And there’s plenty of value to squeeze out. [...]

2019-05-06T13:52:07+00:00May 6th, 2019|Features, News|

Deploying THM-monitoring technology in remote First Nation communities

In Canada, boil water advisories in First Nation communities regularly make headlines. Unfortunately, thousands of First Nation households across the country cannot drink the water that comes out of their tap. One of the big challenges of ensuring safe drinking water in remote areas is the shortage of qualified operators to oversee treatment systems. In [...]

2019-05-06T13:52:07+00:00April 15th, 2019|Features, News|

Big-impact software for low-impact stormwater control

When summer storms roll through southern Ontario, city officials depend on stormwater management ponds to store runoff, keep pollutants out of lakes and rivers and prevent basements from flooding. Today, however, municipalities are increasingly adding Low Impact Development (LID) technologies to complement those ponds. Peppered throughout urban environments, these inconspicuous landscape features may take the [...]

2019-05-28T17:35:51+00:00January 7th, 2019|Features, News|

A.U.G. Signals: Near-real-time readings help drinking water plants keep THMs in check

Across North America, drinking water treatment plants have to keep trihalomethanes (THMs) — a potential carcinogen — below strict limits. However, if they don’t have sophisticated gas chromatography equipment and trained specialists on site, plants must rely on commercial labs to test their samples. That means waiting up to a week to get results, which [...]

2019-05-28T17:37:04+00:00August 21st, 2018|Features, News|

Greyter Water Systems: Residential greywater recycling for a water-stressed world

What a difference a couple of years can make. When we first introduced you to Greyter Water Systems in 2016, the Ontario-based company was fine-tuning its new residential greywater product. By filtering shower and bath water so it can be reused for flushing toilets, the Greyter HOME system can cut household water consumption an impressive [...]

2019-05-28T17:39:08+00:00July 16th, 2018|Features, News|

New process from Greenfield Global could make anaerobic digestion faster and more economical

It is estimated that Canada’s wastewater treatment plants produce as much as 660,000 tonnes of dried sludge in a year. While a portion of the sludge may be treated and recycled as fertilizer, most facilities dispose of the remainder through landfills or incineration, placing a strain on their operating costs as well as on the [...]

2019-05-28T17:55:13+00:00June 25th, 2018|Features, News|

Renix Inc.: Transforming phosphorus from pollutant to resource

Phosphorus is getting a bad rap these days — and with good reason. According to recent estimates, humans are pumping 10 million tonnes of this nutrient into the world’s lakes and rivers each year[1] with results that can be devastating. In 2014, for example, a massive bloom of blue-green algae, fueled by phosphorus, turned large [...]

2019-05-28T18:20:32+00:00June 4th, 2018|Features, News|
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