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 was 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. The new equipment will allow WCWC to increase its capacity for pilot testing.

Pilot testing allows for 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.

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WCWC noted that it is currently working on a number of pilot testing projects. The projects are focused on controlling organics and disinfection by-products, iron and manganese, inorganics and coagulation optimization. A detailed report of the results is ultimately 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.

Fluidized bed ion exchange at the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. Image Credit: WCWC.

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,” said a WCWC 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
sndiongue@wcwc.ca
1-866-515-0550 ext. 308

Devendra Borikar, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Lead, Technology Demonstration
dborikar@wcwc.ca
1-866-515-0550 ext. 313

Banner image credit: Walkteron Clean Water Centre.

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