Water demonstration projects come to Peterborough

Our research and water technology facilities position Peterborough and the Kawarthas region as a unique provider of Sustainable water analysis, treatment and remediation solutions for lakes, remote and rural areas.

Demonstration projects

Research and innovation play a key role in the development and commercialization of new wastewater treatment methods. The Water Quality Centre, The Institute for Watershed Science of Trent University, the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment of Fleming College, and Peterborough Wastewater Treatment Plant represent a platform for innovation in watershed, water quality and wastewater treatment.

The successful launch of new water technologies requires a number of steps from discovery to demonstration to commercialization. Peterborough and the Kawarthas provide the infrastructure for innovation projects at each stage of development, and that involve partners from both the business and the science community.

Did you know?

In 2011, Ministry of Environment program, Showcasing Water Innovation provided funding for 32 projects that will develop innovative, cost-effective solutions for managing drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems in Ontario communities. Peterborough Utilities Commission was selected for the project:

Water Main Rehabilitation: The objective of the project was to showcase an innovative technology to structurally rehabilitate water mains in Peterborough using a polymeric liner. As part of the project, the commission collaborated with Caesar’s Infrastructure Services to test a new ultrasonic liner-thickness-measuring device.

The Expected outcomes were: improve drinking water quality, reduce infrastructure- replacement costs, test a new technology.

Customer Interview – Newterra

Newterra-PeterboroughThis month I interviewed the Director, Strategic Partnerships & Government Relations of Newterra a company that used Peterborough Wastewater Treatment facility during 3 months to demonstrate their MBR process and Membrane technology.

In just a few sentences, could you describe your business?

Newterra is a leading provider of decentralized water and wastewater treatment solutions to the industrial and municipal markets. With its suite of patented and proprietary technologies, Newterra offers a broad range of solutions to the world’s most demanding industrial end users including mining, oil & gas, and food & beverage companies. newterra’s capabilities – from design & engineering to manufacturing in its own facilities – allow the company to maintain full control over the quality of its systems while achieving on-time delivery.

How did the idea for your business come about?

The idea behind the business is the same as our mission statement to use innovative technologies to improve quality of life by improving the quality of water in every opportunity, at each location where we are afforded the chance. Newterra’s sustainable solutions have been applied for over 20 years for the purposes of water conservation and reuse and provided small/ remote communities as well as small municipalities with more effective alternative treatment solution (compared to conventional technologies) generating higher quality of water for reuse purposes or exceeding the discharge limits set by different regulations around the world.

What ignited the spark in you to use Peterborough’s wastewater treatment plant?

This was a result of a successful relationship with the plant manager who was introduced to our technology during a presentation.

What were the objectives for demonstration?

  • To have a demonstration of our MBR process, membranes and manufacturing capabilities closer to our Ontario client base allowing us to do technical presentations at an operating facility.
  • Educating Ontario municipalities and other organizations who were not familiar with MBR technology.
  • To provide them with hand-on experience to see a small MBR system in operation, take a tour and discuss the technical aspects of its operation.
  • To collect data on a regular basis and prove the effluent quality of the MBR.
  • To test running a very low DO setpoints in an effort to reduce power consumption to support the biological process.

What have been some of the major challenges you have faced in using Peterborough demonstration sites?

All went positive and tremendous support from the plant manager.

What pieces of advice would you give to other companies willing to use Peterborough demonstration sites?

Any government support is welcome in facilitating such opportunities to make these kinds of demonstrations possible more regularly in order to prove the performance of technologies and make this process easier for Ontario companies and provide a tool for educating municipalities of available new technologies versus conventional systems.

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