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Canadian cleantech firm’s technology helps with California drought

The project is nominated for the desalination project of the year at the Global Water Summit

March 4, 2015  by Canadian Staff

QUEBEC CITY, Que.—Water filtration company H2O Innovation Inc. has delivered a containerized advanced water treatment system to the Cambria Community Service District in California to help overcome the impact of a 10 year drought.

The system, designed to be used during the dry months, produces a flow rate of 587 gpm (3,200 m3/d).

H2O Innovation—in a design-build collaboration with Cambridge, MA-based engineering firm CDM Smith—designed, manufactured and commissioned a containerized water treatment system for Cambria.

H2O Innovation sent six shipping container which housed ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) systems to treat a mix of brackish water, fresh water and secondary effluent. To treat such water, the filtration scheme starts with a pre-filtration strainer followed by a UF system. Following the UF system are two RO trains while a third RO train further processes the concentrate to achieve an overall recovery of 92 per cent. The chemical dosing systems and the SCADA room are mounted in independent containers which offer the operator a comfortable environment to work in.


Once fully treated, the water is compliant with indirect potable reuse regulations and is injected into a groundwater basin at the San Simeon Well Field to replenish the San Rosa Creek and San Simeon Creek aquifers that serve as fresh water sources for the region.

The total turnaround time from the order to initial water production took just four months.

The Cambria project is nominated at the Global Water Summit for desalination project of the year. Winner will be announced at the Summit in Athens in August 2015.

H2O Innovation designs custom-built, integrated water treatment solutions based on membrane filtration technology for municipal, energy and natural resources end-users.

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