As part of an ongoing research collaboration with Japan, RES'EAU recently hosted a visit from Drs. Mari Asami and Dai Shimazaki, chief senior researchers from that country’s Department of Environmental Health, National Institute of Public Health, and Professor Kumiko Oguma of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo. The group made site visits to the Metro Vancouver water treatment facility, small water systems plants at the Pacific Agri-Food plant in Agassiz, BC, the BI Pure Water Manufacturing facility and labs at UBC.
Japan and Canada share common challenges when it comes to small water systems management. The exchange between RES'EAU and Japanese institutions, launched in 2014, is designed to leverage expertise, research efforts and funding to benefit both