Canadian Manufacturing

Quebec-based firm wins water treatment deals worth $14M

H2O Innovation won six new contracts for water treatment system installations in Canada, the U.S.

QUEBEC—H2O Innovation Inc. said it has won six new contracts worth a combined $14 million, mainly to supply drinking water systems to municipalities in Canada and the United States.

The Quebec City-based company, which specializes in water treatment solutions, said its backlog for water treatment projects now sits at $38.2 million.

Among the six new contracts, H2O Innovation said “the most significant” will see it design, manufacture and commission a complete drinking water ultrafiltration system for the Town of Innisfil, a municipality north of Toronto.

The system will have an initial capacity of 38,000 cubic metres a day, and will use the company’s FiberFlex skids, allowing interchangeability between different types of ultrafiltration membrane modules.

The system treats surface water with a total of six trains; the first four of which will be used for primary treatment of the surface water, while the other two will produce drinking water from the backwash water generated from the first four trains.

H2O Innovation said this process will maximize the overall recovery of the plant.

The company also won a pair of contracts in Western Canada—one for the design, manufacture and commissioning of three integrated ultrafiltration and nanofiltration systems in northern Alberta.

The systems will be installed at water treatment plants in John D’Or Prairie, Boyer River and Meander River, and will have respective capacities of 980 cubic metres a day, 416 cubic metres a day, and 438 cubic metres a day.

H2O Innovation also won a deal for the treatment of mining effluent at a site in northern British Columbia.

The contract consists of the rental of four insulated containerized media filtration units that can handle a flow of 2,721 cubic metres a day for a minimum of six months.

South of the border, H2O Innovation will design, manufacture and commission a reverse osmosis system in Abilene, Texas, that will treat as much as 41,600 cubic metres per day of surface water post-microfiltration.

The treatment process is part of the municipality’s strategy to utilize available water sources to alleviate the current drought, as well as to provide for future demands.

As part of another project in the U.S., H2O Innovation will design, manufacture and commission a reverse osmosis system with a total capacity of 11,355 cubic metres per day to treat brackish water for the community of Craven County, N.C.

“We are pleased to see our water treatment systems backlog being renewed and maintained at such a high level,” company president and CEO Frederic Dugre said in a statement.

“Investments in infrastructure, especially those for the treatment of water, are becoming the main drivers to revitalize or maintain regional economies. We are positioned better than ever to respond to the growing demand for municipal water projects in Canada and the United States.”

The company also announced it signed a three-year service agreement to roll out its proprietary remote monitoring solution in Everglades, Fla.

Developed in-house by H2O Innovation, the remote monitoring system enables remote access to operating parameters at water plants, collation and analysis of the data, and generation of performance graphs which helps end users determine operational trends.

This tool facilitates interpretation of data, automatically prepares reports and offers significant improvements in efficiency to water treatment system operators and managers by enabling their decision making processes, according to the company.

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