About What We Do

What We Do2017-03-21T18:48:28+00:00

Partnering to accelerate water innovations through real-world demonstration

The Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) believes innovation is necessary to solve water challenges. And innovations become marketable solutions when private sector and academic knowledge are applied in real-world environments.

We make key introductions between private companies and academic researchers to accelerate and commercialize innovative water technologies.

We help clients develop funding proposals and projects, and provide exclusive access to real-world facilities to test and evaluate new products and services.

SOWC Facilities

SOWC facility locations

SOWC Data provides the ability to capture, analyze, and visualize real-time climatic and watershed data in support of new software, monitoring technology and research applications.

Learn about the Data Platform node

Facilities are available for evaluating the presence of contaminants in drinking water, and testing the effectiveness of their removal or inactivation using membrane and/or AOP technology on various types of source water.

Learn about the Drinking Water node

Ecotoxicology researchers assess water quality and its impact on aquatic biota. This expertise allows SOWC clients to study environmental stressors supported by the availability of mobile field facilities, bioassay facilities, and advanced analytical equipment.

Learn about the Ecotoxicology node

The Sensors node enables the design, prototyping and validation of sensors to support innovative technologies used to detect pathogens, chemicals and elemental contamination in water.

Learn about the Sensors node

SOWC provides access to municipal wastewater flow at facilities in Guelph and London. These are designed to allow clients to install, test, demonstrate and validate new technology from small- to full-scale flows.

Learn about the Wastewater node

Urbanization has a profound effect on watersheds. Our dense network of monitoring stations enables the study of those effects and testing of new technology. Groundwater remediation and bedrock aquifer testing facilities are also available.

Learn about the Watersheds node