New Mobile Lab Takes Tech to Small Communities


Validating water treatment technologies tailored to the local needs of small, rural and First Nations communities (SRCs) has gone mobile thanks to a partnership between RES’EAU-WaterNET, UBC, the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWSI), IC-Impacts, Trojan Technologies and BI Pure Water.

Together, we have launched the RES’EAU Mobile Water Treatment Pilot Plant, a state-of-the-art lab on wheels that boasts a wide range of water treatment options, including filtration, ion exchange, activated carbon adsorption and both conventional and vacuum UV. The mobile system was designed to evaluate these processes individually or in combination. 

“As a research network that focuses on overcoming challenges in Canada’s small water systems, we are excited to have our mobile plant on the road,” said Dr. Madjid Mohseni, scientific director for RES’EAU-WaterNET. “The mobile facility will allow us to bring research impacts to the communities that need them most, so we can assess under real-world conditions which technologies meet their unique requirements.”

The mobile unit will be deployed in the field before September for two to three months of testing. 

Click here to learn more about RES’EAU’s Community Circles, our internationally recognized innovation model that takes our research program out of the lab and into small communities, incorporating stakeholders’ expertise and insight at the earliest stages of the problem-solving process. 

Pictured above, left to right: Bernadette Mah, Program Manager, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies; George Thorpe, R&D Manager, BI Pure Water and Board Member, RES’EAU-WaterNET; David Goertsen, research engineer and Pilot Plant Operator; Dr. Madjid Mohseni, Scientific Director, RES’EAU-WaterNET; John Bergese, research engineer; and Ashish Mohan, Manager of Communication, IC-Impacts.  Photo: Ashley Luk/UBC.