Walkerton Clean Water Centre Increases Its Capacity For Pilot Testing Services
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) has added a new pilot scale water treatment technology to the Technology Demonstration Facility. The fluidized bed ion exchange is specifically designed to remove organics to control disinfection by-products. Organic reduction is one of the top requests for pilot testing from drinking water systems. This new equipment will allow WCWC to increase its capacity for pilot testing.
Pilot testing provides relevant and customized information to enhance the understanding of source water, treatment processes and alternative treatment options. Through bench and pilot scale testing, WCWC can support drinking water systems by comparing several treatment options.
WCWC is currently working on a number of pilot testing projects. These projects are focussed on controlling organics and disinfection by-products, iron and manganese, inorganics and coagulation optimization. A detailed report of the results is shared with the client and a summary report is added to WCWC’s Drinking Water Resource Library, which is a free online portal that assists operators in finding information on various drinking water topics.
Each pilot testing project has been very successful and has helped communities optimize their drinking water.
“WCWC is well equipped with knowledgeable staff to provide effective pilot testing services. They took the time to listen to our needs and provided the best options for pilot testing our intended water treatment process.” – A pilot testing client
Along with the fluidized bed ion exchange, other WCWC pilot scale water treatment equipment can be tested using a community’s raw water either at WCWC or installed at a community’s water treatment plant. WCWC’s pilot scale treatment equipment includes conventional treatment, dissolved air flotation, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, slow sand filtration, ozone and advanced oxidation processes, greensand filters, cartridge filters and ultraviolet light disinfection.
To learn more about how WCWC supports its clients with pilot testing services contact:
Souleymane Ndiongue, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Manager of Research & Technology firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-515-0550 ext. 308
Devendra Borikar, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Lead, Technology Demonstration email@example.com or 1-866-515-0550 ext. 313
Background: WCWC is an agency of the Government of Ontario, established in 2004, to ensure clean and safe drinking water for the entire province. WCWC coordinates and provides education, training and information to drinking water system owners, operators and operating authorities, and the public, in order to safeguard Ontario’s drinking water. Through partnerships, WCWC also provides training for the 133 First Nations communities in Ontario. To date, high-quality drinking water training has been provided to more than 80,000 participants across Ontario. For more information please visit www.wcwc.ca.
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