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Getting to Net Zero Energy – Leadership Forum hosted by SOWC and OCWA

Can we create 5 “net zero energy” wastewater facilities in Ontario in the next 5 years? It certainly felt possible on October 30, 2017 when SOWC and OCWA convened a workshop with municipal leaders, water technology companies and academic experts. They came together to talk about how to make such a radical transition in Ontario. We’re off to a pretty good start! City of Stratford was an important case study for the day’s discussion, profiling its plans to advance a [...]

December 13th, 2017|Categories: Features|0 Comments

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 regulations for wastewater treatment and sludge disposal become stricter, energy consumption increases." But what if there was a way to increase the efficiency of wastewater [...]

November 20th, 2017|Categories: 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 and solvents to industrial chemicals. Other treatment plants incinerate their biosolids. That’s a very expensive undertaking, since drying and burning such a wet material requires [...]

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Features|1 Comment
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