Sewage-to-fertilizer solution to be launched in Edmonton
An innovative pollution control process that produces high-quality fertilizer from wastewater treatment systems enters a critical commercialization phase this summer in Edmonton with the first-ever large-scale demonstration of the process.
“Getting Edmonton on board as a launch customer is definitely the most important milestone we’ve achieved so far,” remarked Dr Donald Mavinic, an environmental engineering professor and leader of the pollution control waste management (PCWM) group at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
“We’ve already worked with other communities in BC (Penticton and Vancouver) to validate the proof-ofconcept at a pilot scale. But the Edmonton demonstration project offers us the opportunity to prove the technology can be scaled (by as much as 10-fold) to meet the demands of highcapacity wastewater treatment plants.”
There’s a lot riding on the project. At least six other cities in Canada and the United States are ready to adopt the solution if the Edmonton demonstration is successful.
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