The Next Big Thing for Public Works: New Water Technology for More Liveable Cities

January 28, 2014

Budget-conscious government officials and environmentalists are becoming increasingly concerned about what has been identified as the water-energy nexus. Pumping water through clogged, narrowed pipes requires more pressure and therefore more energy. Water loss due to cracked leaking pipes (up to 20 percent of treated water) also results in increased energy needs and higher water treatment costs. 

This fall, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) approved funding for the Waterloo-based collaborative industry-academic project, entitled Novel Water Technology for Liveable Cities.

Under the partnership, the City of Waterloo will be testing new technology developed by the Bracebridge-based company Envirologics with the expertise of researchers at the University of Waterloo. The company’s product, called the Tomahawk Mark 1, is a low-cost, efficient energy system that adds decades of additional lifespan to pipes. It operates without water or chemicals, causes no damage to pipes, and avoids fouling fresh water supplies. The technology also saves on time as it can repair the water pipes on a street in a day, instead of the week it takes by conventional methods.

Read the full story, first published by Public Sector Digest Magazine, here.