Ongoing Projects

For more information about our ongoing or completed projects,or any scientific presentation, you may contact a member of our Research Team

If you would like copies of publications please contact Dr. Xiaohui Jin, Scientist at, or call 1-866-515-0550 ext. 320, or Victoria (Tory) Colling, Scientist at, or call 1-866-515-0550 ext. 317

  1. Side-by-Side Technology Comparison: Conventional Treatment, Slow Sand Filtration and Dissolved Air Flotation
  2. WCWC is investigating the performance of slow sand filtration, conventional treatment and dissolved air flotation (DAF) by a comparative study. This comparison focuses on contaminant and microorganism removal, disinfection by-product formation, energy demand and sludge production.

  3. Small Systems Technology Assessment for Cyanobacteria/Cyanotoxin Removal
  4. WCWC supported a literature review on the effectiveness of drinking water treatment on cyanotoxin removal/inactivation. This review identified the need for research in the effectiveness of removal/inactivation of cyanotoxins using very small system technologies. WCWC is assessing the effectiveness and suitability of small drinking water treatment technologies on cyanotoxins removal.

  5. Slow Sand Filtration: Assessment of Filter Ripening & Enhanced Biological Processes
  6. Slow sand filtration is thought to be a good choice for small water systems, but the filter ripening process and formation of active biological layer is not clear. WCWC is investigating the formation of biological active layer within the sand filter of a pilot-scale study.

  7. Water Quality Monitoring of Source Water of Inland Lakes
  8. WCWC has collaborated with community-based organizations and land owners to monitor surface water quality, nutrient levels and cyanobacteria (i.e. blue-green algae) and cyanotoxins of inland lakes that are prone to cyanobacteria growth.

  9. Iron and Manganese Treatment Options
  10. Small water systems in Ontario using groundwater or groundwater under direct influence of surface water may experience iron and manganese issues. WCWC is exploring treatment options for iron and manganese removal and sequestering from low turbidity and low organic waters.

  11. Developing Strategies for Dealing with Cyanotoxins
  12. WCWC is collaborating with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair in Water Treatment and researchers from the University of Waterloo on their work in advancing water treatment technologies.

  13. Small Systems Research Collaborations
  14. WCWC is collaborating with the RES’EAU WaterNET who are leading the second phase of a project to address key questions that challenge small drinking water owners, operators and operating authorities. RES’EAU WaterNET is a research network and participates in the research initiative that focuses on the delivery of clean and safe drinking water for small communities.