On June 19, SOWC and the University of Guelph began hosting tours of the SOWC Guelph Wastewater Facility. Throughout the morning, several companies and organizations viewed the newly-commissioned facility to learn about its unique capacity for bench and pilot-scale development and demonstration of wastewater technologies.
“The Guelph Wastewater Facility provides users with access to municipal wastewater flows directly from the City of Guelph’s Wastewater Treatment Plant,” said Evelyn Allen, SOWC Manager, Industry Partnership Development. “This allows users to accelerate the creation of new wastewater treatment technology innovations by providing the real-world environment for research, development, testing and demonstration.”
Part of the SOWC Wastewater node and led by the University of Guelph, the Guelph Wastewater facility creates unique and unprecedented capacity for testing and demonstration of technologies. Users have 24/7 access of up to 300m3/day of effluent delivered to the platform via three pipes including, raw wastewater or primary effluent , secondary or tertiary effluent, and raw or waste activated sludge.
Flows are piped directly to one of five dedicated work stations within the 3750 ft2 building. Further, four private lab rooms are available, including an on-site ecotoxicology research and demonstration lab that focuses on assessing water quality and its impact on biotic life. Technical staff and research expertise is also available to support users.
The Guelph facility is one of two wastewater facilities within the Wastewater node of the greater SOWC platform. Each has specialized capacity to meet specific user needs.
“This is a unique facility within the SOWC as it is set up for early bench and pilot-scale research and demonstration,” said Allen. “SOWC’s London Wastewater Facility, on the other hand, is set up to accommodate technologies that are looking to demonstrate at a larger to full-scale flow-rates.”
Visit SOWC’s Flickr page to view photos of the facility.
SOWC’s Guelph Wastewater facility is open for business and ready for clients. If you are interested in learning more or having a private tour of the Guelph Wastewater Facility please contact Brenda Lucas, Executive Director.