Water Research

Water supply in the City of White Rock has been under the control of private operators for its entire existence, until the City acquired the water utility in October of 2015.

Shortly after the City acquired the water utility, in 2015, it confirmed naturally occurring arsenic and manganese in its waters. Although the City’s water is safe and meets Health Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality (GCDWQ), the City began work towards addressing the naturally occurring arsenic and manganese by looking at building treatment processes.

To ensure the City implements the right technology to reach its water quality goals, it has partnered with RES'EAU-WaterNET.

RES’EAU-WaterNET is a research program funded by NSERC’s Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks and hosted by the University of British Columbia.  NSERC Strategic Networks fund large-scale, multidisciplinary research projects in targeted research areas that involve collaboration between academic researchers and Canadian-based organizations. The Network, which is governed by the NSERC Terms and Conditions of Award, involves 18 world-class scientists from 8 universities across Canada, and is supported by dozens of public and private partner organizations working towards the vision of "meeting clean water demands and protecting the health of small, rural and First Nations communities through collaborative research that produces integrated, game-changing technologies validated by industry and end-users".

 

Quick facts about RES’EAU-WaterNET:

  • Research & Development team includes 22 world-class scientists from nine universities across Canada
  • Supported by dozens of public and private partner organizations, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Strategic Network
  • Research results will give City Staff vital scientific data and information needed on water treatment technologies to help the City reach its water quality goals 

Tour of RES'EAU WaterNET's Mobile Water Treatment (Pilot Plant)

On November 28, 2016, RES'EAU-WaterNET gave a tour of their Mobile Water Treatment Pilot Plant and gave more information about their research. View the pictures from the event and watch the video below to learn more!

Watch ShawTV Vancouver's coverage of the tour!

Watch Dr. Benoit Barbeau Speak to Mayor Baldwin and 
Councillor Lawrence RES'EAU-WaterNET's Research:

An inside view of the Mobile Water Treatment Pilot Plant 

(From left to right) Dr. Benoit Barbeau, professor at École Polytechnique de Montréal (ÉPM), senior chair holder of the NSERC-IRC; Dr. Saad Jasim, Utilities Manager, City of White Rock; Raj Rajagopal, President, White Rock Rotary Club; White Rock Councillor Bill Lawrence; Mayor of White Rock, Wayne Baldwin; Greg St. Louis, Director Engineering & Municipal Operations, City of White Rock; Adel Hajimalayeri, UBC; Irfan Gehlen B.A.Sc., P.Eng.,Water Supply & Treatment Leader for Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. 

Dr. Benoit Barbeau, an expert in manganese removal, gives an overview of the functionality and methodology of the pilot plant to Mayor Baldwin and Councillor Lawrence. Watch the video above to learn more.

(From left to right)  Dr. Saad Jasim, Utilities Manager, City of White Rock; Greg St. Louis, Director Engineering & Municipal Operations, City of White Rock; Dr. Benoit Barbeau; Keyvan Malecki MSc, DIC, UBC; Adel Hajimalayeri, UBC; Irfan Gehlen B.A.Sc., P.Eng.,Water Supply & Treatment Leader for Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. 

Adel Hajimalayeri futher explains the functions of the Mobile Water Treatment Pilot Plant.