Research Funding Announcement 2013
July 9, 2013
Canadian Water Network invests over $1.1 million in municipal water management research across Canada, contributing to a total of over $2.6 million in project funding.
WATERLOO, ON, July 9, 2013 - Critical municipal water research is progressing in Canada as the direct result of a unique end user-focused approach employed by Canadian Water Network (CWN). In 2012 CWN convened an extensive consultation with municipal water managers from across Canada to determine shared priorities, which led to the development of two Calls for Research Proposals for projects focused on two topic areas: the fate and transport of emerging substances of concern in municipal biosolids applied to agricultural lands; and options for improved nutrient removal and recovery from municipal wastewater. The competitions led to the recent funding of six research projects that will both significantly advance the science and knowledge in Canada in the areas of municipal wastewater and biosolids, and directly support decision makers and practitioners.
“The in-depth consultation process that led to the funding of these projects ensured that the research being conducted is both timely and relevant for municipal water managers” said CWN Executive Director, Bernadette Conant.
The projects, which are being managed through CWN’s Canadian Municipal Water Consortium, include the following:
- “Integrated Sorption Technologies for Recovery of Nitrogen and Phosphorous from Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Permeates,” led by Dr. Wayne Parkerat University of Waterloo, will receive $132,000 from CWN from 2013-2015. This project will evaluate and develop adsorptive technologies for recovering nitrogen and phosphorous from treated municipal wastewaters.
- “Impacts of Alkaline Stabilized Biosolids Application on Fate and Transport of Emerging Substances of Concern in Agricultural Soils, Plant Biomass and Drainage Water,” led by Dr. Gordon Price at Dalhousie University, will receive $268,000 from CWN from 2013-2015. This project will address the end-user need to better understand the risks associated with ESOC entering food production systems through the use of alkaline stabilized biosolids.
- “Environmental Risks of Engineered Nanoparticles in Municipal Biosolids Applied to Agricultural Lands,” led by Dr. Subhasis Ghoshal at McGill University, will receive $120,000 from Canadian Water Network from 2013-2015. This project will investigate whether engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) of silver, titanium and zinc in municipal biosolids pose incremental environmental and human health risks as a result of application of waste biosolids on agricultural lands.
- “Assessment of the Potential Risks Associated with the Application of Municipal Biosolids to Agricultural Land in the Canadian Context,” led by Dr. Lynda McCarthy at Ryerson University, will receive $99,400 from CWN from 2013-2015. The project will address the need to summarize, interpret, and evaluate current knowledge on the risks and benefits of biosolids application to agricultural lands, supporting practitioners and decision makers.
- “Options for Improved Nutrient Removal and Recovery from Municipal Wastewater in the Canadian Context,” led by Dr. Jan Oleszkiewicz at the University of Manitoba, will receive $100,000 from CWN from 2013-2015. This project will explore operational and design limitations of existing primary and secondary treatment plants to identify cost-effective process upgrades for lowering N2O emissions as well as existing and emerging processes for phosphorus recovery and re-use.
By aligning the Calls for Research with the shared priorities of water managers, a significant co-investment of matching support from partner sources was achieved by the successful research teams. Partners from the private sector, municipalities and government are collectively contributing over $1.5 million to the projects.
CWN’s Canadian Municipal Water Consortium focuses on municipal water management priorities and works to identify and articulate the implications of research results for decision-making and risk management. The CMWC brings together municipal water managers with industry and governments from local to national, to facilitate a collaborative approach to tackling water management challenges across Canada.
For more information about CWN’s Canadian Municipal Water Consortium, please visit http://www.cwn-rce.ca/initiatives/municipal-consortium/, or contact Shannon Carto, Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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