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Powering climate-friendly wastewater treatment in Ontario

Wastewater treatment facilities protect neighbouring watersheds from harm, but often with a high price in terms of energy usage. "Current wastewater treatment consumes a lot of resources and it is not efficient or sustainable," says McMaster University researcher Younggy Kim. "Many communities spend a substantial amount of energy on the treatment of wastewater. And as [...]

2017-11-20T21:30:02+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Features|0 Comments

STARx: A smouldering solution to biosolids disposal

Around the world, wastewater treatment plant operators face the same conundrum: what to do with the biosolids that they spend so much effort removing from the wastewater. Some apply it to land. After all, this organic sludge is rich in nutrients. However, it can also contain a cocktail of different contaminants, from household cleaners, paint [...]

2017-10-30T20:15:19+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Features|1 Comment

Biosolids modeling: helping engineers extract more value from sludge

Better, faster, cheaper. It’s the mantra of wastewater treatment plant engineers around the world. That’s why more of them are focusing attention on unlocking the full potential of anaerobic digestion: using the biogas produced to generate electricity and transforming sludge into valuable fertilizer. Now, an Ontario collaboration funded by SOWC is giving them the design [...]

2017-10-12T18:25:04+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Features|0 Comments

Hydromantis Boosts Capabilities of its Dynamic Simulator for Process and Energy Optimization in Wastewater Utilities

Hamilton-based Hydromantis Environmental Software Solutions Inc. specializes in engineering and consulting work for the wastewater industry, finding much of its success on account of its innovative GPS-X tool. Released more than 25 years ago, this powerful modeling and simulation software has become a leading option for the design, optimization, and general management of wastewater treatment [...]

2017-08-30T14:42:16+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Features|0 Comments

Honeywell Adapts Satellite Technology for Portable Water Monitoring Tool

For Honeywell, when it comes to spectrometer sensor technology, space is not the final frontier. In the past, its aerospace division engineered sophisticated instruments for scientists to measure the reflected sunlight of a planet, and determine the concentrations and flow of carbon dioxide and methane gas pollution in the earth’s atmosphere. The company’s space programs [...]

2017-06-23T15:30:51+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Features|0 Comments

Genemis Builds on Testkit Success to Advance Smart Water Monitoring Technology

Traditional methods for testing microbial water contamination can be cumbersome, expensive, and do not report immediate feedback. The overall process of sending a sample to a microbiological lab, waiting for the results, flushing and disinfecting a water system if a high bacteria content is present, and then verifying that bacteria has been purged, can take [...]

2017-05-29T18:37:55+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Features|0 Comments

GE and SOWC collaborate on engagement day to offer graduate students career insights into water technology sector

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) and GE Water & Process Technologies (GE), along with the City of Guelph and Lystek International Inc. (Lystek), hosted a “graduate student / industry engagement day” for graduate students and post-docs at the Guelph Wastewater Facility to meet with company representatives, share their research [...]

2017-04-20T12:53:10+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Features|0 Comments

Waterloo Biofilter Systems Inc. is looking to fertilizer to help grow its innovative residential wastewater-treatment operations

As part of a multi-pronged project with University of Guelph (UofG) researchers, the Canadian company is planning to improve its onsite sewage treatment solution, studying the use of a unique filter material added to its electrochemical phosphorus-removal system as a possible soil nutrient. “We’re using a glassy silicate material, similar in appearance to fibreglass, to [...]

2017-03-27T17:41:13+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Features|0 Comments

OCWA & SOWC Helping Students Transition to Work

Making the jump from school to work is a major transition for students. What real world career opportunities are there for someone with my training? What kind of emerging technology should I know about? How do I craft the best resume? Recognizing this challenge, the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) invited a group of university [...]

2017-03-21T18:48:28+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Features|0 Comments

$1.5-Million ‘Energy Neutral’ Wastewater Treatment Project announced

On January 27, 2017, the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) was proud to host an announcement of the first large project to receive funding under its Advancing Water Technologies (AWT) program. GE Water & Process Technologies (GE) will work with the University of Guelph (U of G) along with McMaster University, to test new ways [...]

2017-05-15T15:20:25+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Features|0 Comments
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