Current and Chicago water utilities, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and City of Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM), welcomed a delegation of four Canadian companies to Chicago on June 26. The Canadian Water Technology Tour, led by WaterTAP and the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago, showcased Canadian water technology companies and fostered new partnerships with Current and Chicago’s utilities. Visiting Canadian water technology companies included Greenland International Consulting Ltd., Lystek International, SewerVUE Technology, and TECTA-PDS.
Current partners MWRD and DWM are leaders in embracing new innovation to cut costs, increase efficiency, and build resilience. They were keenly interested in the solutions presented by Canadian innovators related to green and gray infrastructure needs to manage stormwater and technologies for preventative maintenance, resource recovery, and water quality testing.
Current works with its industrial and utility members, including MWRD and DWM, to identify priority needs. Current then works with technology companies from around the world to scout, de-risk and validate cutting-edge innovations to meet these needs. This event, similar to the Israeli technology exchange Current co-hosted earlier this year, featured international water technology hand-picked based on the needs of potential clients.
The visiting Canadian technology companies offered a wide-set of innovative solutions to municipal problems. Greenland provides consulting services on integrated watershed management and infrastructure planning, with expertise in stormwater management facility design. Lystek’s solution for sustainable management of biosoilds and organics includes a thermal hydrolysis system that provides biological nutrient removal, digester enhancement and the generation of a biofertilizer product. British Columbia-based SewerVUE utilizes in-pipe ground penetrating radar to solve problems related to corrosion and leaks. TECTA-PDS created a lab-in-a-box solution that runs rapid and automated microbiological water quality tests.
MWRD, DWM, and Current staff pose with the visiting Canadian water technology delegation.
WaterTAP’s Lesley Herstein and Consulate General of Canada in Chicago’s Ann Rosen kicking off the day’s activities.
Andrea Holthouse Putz, DWM Water Quality Manager, presenting on the Department’s identified areas for innovation.
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