Projects & Publications

Ongoing projects (2011-2012)

  • WCWC conducted a literature review on the effectiveness of drinking water treatment on cyanotoxin removal/inactivation, with a particular focus on small water systems and household units. This review has identified the need for research in the effectiveness of removal/inactivation of cyanotoxins using household treatment units. The review will be presented at the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association 15th Canadian National Conference. Kelowna, BC. Oct. 21–24, 2012.
  • Full scale investigation of the performance of slow sand process. Slow sand is thought to be a good choice for small water systems, but cold water performance is in question. WCWC has drafted the proposal and collaborated with First Nations partners to submit for funding.
  • Monitoring surface water quality and nutrient levels of inland lakes prone to cyanobacteria. WCWC has collaborated with community-based organizations and land owners. Proposal has been submitted to Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund for financial support.
  • Pilot scale testing of biofiltration as a pretreatment to ceramic membrane. WCWC has partnered with researchers from the University of Waterloo who are leading this project. This project was successfully funded by the Ontario Research Fund Water Round program in 2011. A master student from University of Waterloo has been working on the project at WCWC since March 2012.
  • Funding a research project that investigates the analysis and removal of Ibuprofen and Naproxen from drinking water and wastewater (University of Western Ontario).
  • Sponsoring a research project on ATP Bioluminescence Technology as a real-time Monitoring Tool for UV and Chlorine Disinfection (Carleton University).
  • Funding a research project that studies Bisphenol-A in water treatment plant effluents and human urine samples from Southwestern Ontario (University of Western Ontario).
  • Sponsoring a research project that compares Alum and Ferric coagulant impacts on biofiltration performance (University of Ottawa).
  • Funding RES’EAU WaterNET research network and participating in the research initiative which focuses on the delivery of clean and safe drinking water for small communities.
  • Sponsored a research project which focused on optimization of dissolved air flotation for drinking water treatment through modeling (University of Toronto).