Water treatment and technology

Pipeline.Drinking water treatment and disinfection

The water we drink has a long way to go from source to tap; ensuring that water is free from contaminants gets more and more difficult and pollutant-specific. Researchers at Waterloo strive to protect our water supply through the development of smart technologies for both detecting and removing pathogens and emerging contaminants.

Microfluidics and water quality measurement

Critical technologies for the future of water science necessarily address one key question: what is in the water? Researchers at Waterloo work to both develop new analytical methods and strive towards creating "lab-on-a-chip" microtechnology that can quickly and cost-effectively detect both biological and chemical contaminants.

Water supply and infrastructure

The extensive infrastructure supporting our water supply needs is deteriorating steadily, as both wooden pipes installed 100 years ago and the concrete ones from 40 years ago simultaneously reach the end of their design lives. The key to reinventing this infrastructure for the long term requires intelligent design and novel construction methodologies.

Wastewater treatment

Any society produces waste and we rely on good science to find out how to best process and treat these byproducts. At Waterloo, multiple faculty members work to determine the best way to process our wastewater to protect the environment.