Water research resulting from an innovative partnership between Halifax Water and Dalhousie University has been recognized by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the largest and oldest organization of water professionals in the world.

Alisha Knowles, Ph.D. student in civil engineering at Dalhousie University, has been invited to present her research results to AWWA members, via a syndicated webcast, on the challenges associated with balancing water treatment objectives, such as those found throughout Nova Scotia.

Knowles’ presentation was selected following her podium presentation at the 2009 AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference in Seattle, a premiere international technology conference.

Knowles was the first PhD student to start her program under the Halifax Water Industrial Research Chair program at Dalhousie University, lead by Dr. Graham Gagnon. The Research Chair is sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.

This research partnership, along with Halifax Water’s Water Quality Master Plan, provides the basis for stable, continuous investment and innovation in the water system that ensures Halifax Water’s customers will always be provided with high quality water.

“Providing world class services for our customers and our environment is Halifax Water’s mission,” says Halifax Water General Manager Carl Yates. “Innovative partnerships and research such as this ensures that future experts in drinking water treatment are being trained here in HRM.”

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