Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT)

Fleming College (Sir Sandford Fleming College), Lindsay, Ontario
What the facility does

Applied research in water and wastewater treatment science, laboratory analysis, environmental technology verification, technology precommercialization services

Areas of expertise

With its state of the art laboratory and indoor/outdoor testing facility, the Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT) conducts, facilitates, and coordinates applied research on water-related technologies and alternative wastewater treatment technologies.

Small, medium, and large sized businesses are helped with their applied research and innovation needs, allowing them to become more competitive, expand their businesses, and achieve economic success as Canadian businesses in the water sector. By using the CAWT’s R&D and verification services, innovative companies can move through the commercialization pathway and be confident in their technology or product.

The scientists and researchers at the CAWT have knowledge, experience, and expertise in a range of water and wastewater technologies, methods, and related applications. Although not bound to these areas, applied research at the CAWT is primarily focused on alternative treatment methods, cold-climate technologies, filtration and membrane technologies, treatment wetlands, bioremediation, fixed film bioreactors, ozonation technologies, anaerobic bioreactors, UV treatment technologies, denitrification, greywater treatment, and phosphorus adsorption technologies.

Research services

proof of concept, performance measurement, third party verification, environmental technology verification (ETV) testing, testing, prototyping, technology certification testing, product and process applied research, engineering design, technology development, piloting, field demonstration, problemsolving, laboratory analyses for applied research, project management, technical training, knowledge transfer, condition simulation, water quality testing, modeling, reverse-engineering

Sectors of application
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Utilities
Specialized labEquipmentFunction
Wastewater analytical laboratoryInductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS)Allows for very low detection and quantification of metals in environmental samples.
 Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-OES)Used for metal analysis in environmental samples.
 Gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GC-MS)Used for organics analysis of volatile compounds associated with metals remediation projects.
 High performance liquid chromotography (HPLC)Used for the analysis of volatile fatty acids, chlorophyll A, and microcystins.
 Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) (Furnace flame and vapour generation)Allows for analysis of a sample for its atomic constituents. Used for metal quantification.

Ion Chromatograph Dionex DX -120

Ion Chromatograph Dionex ICS-1600

Used for the detection of anions and cations in water analysis.
 SmartChem 200 Discrete AnalyzerHigh output wet chemistry analyzer for environmental samples.
 Hach spectrophotometersSpectrophotometers; for analysis of a wide range of environmental parameters. Also used for remote field work analysis.
 Anaerobic chamberA sterile, anaerobic environment to allow for microbiology preparation and analysis.
 LuminometerMeasures quantification of luminescence; kinetics of a biological system, such as those used for metals remediation.
 RespirometerUsed to determine the biological oxygen consumption of a sample.
 BOD Autosampler/TitratorAutomates the BOD method, performs alkalinity testing, and takes conductivity and pH measurements.
 LC MS MSUsed for the analysis of a variety of emerging contaminants. 
 Laminar flow hoodUseful for microbiology research and is used to prepare media plates, cultures and examination of sensitive materials.
 Level 2 biological containment hoodA safety hood required when performing work with agents that require Biosafety Level 1, 2 or 3 containment.
 Microwave for digestionsUsed for digestion of solid environmental samples for metals analysis.
 TOC analyzerUsed for the quantification of carbon in water samples.
 UV/VIS colorimeterUsed for a large range of parameters including nutrients, metals and microcystins.
 CNS analyzerUsed to quantify carbon, nitrogen and sulfur in solids, useful for soil and compost analysis.
Greenhouse research facilityEnvironmental growth chamberAn approximately 100 sq. foot room that can be manipulated for light, temperature and humidity for research projects.
  • Anaergia Inc.
  • AquaTreatment Technologies
  • Bio Ecological Solutions Inc.
  • Bishop Water Technologies
  • BlueLeaf Inc.
  • C&M Aquatic Management
  • Carbon Control Systems Inc.
  • Clearford Industries
  • EcoEthic Inc.
  • FSC Architects & Engineers
  • Great Lakes Clean Water Organization
  • Green Turtle Technologies
  • Greyter Water Systems
  • Imbrium Systems Inc.
  • Infiltrator Systems Inc.
  • Inteed Solutions Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corporation.
  • MASS Environmental Services Inc.
  • Measuremax Inc.
  • MetaFlo Technologies Inc.
  • McRae Lumber Company
  • Monteco Ltd.
  • Murrenhil Corporation
  • Real Tech
  • Renewage LLC
  • ReSource H2O Inc.
  • Rivercourt Engineering Inc.
  • SanEcoTec Ltd.
  • SciCorp International Corporation
  • Stantec Inc.
  • Trojan Technologies
Kawartha Lakes Economic Dev Websitehttp://www.advantagekawarthalakes.ca/en/keySectors/Water_Profile.asp
SOWC Welcomes Fleming College as New Post-secondary Partner in Consortiumhttps://sowc.ca/sowc-welcomes-fleming-college-as-new-post-secondary-partner-in-consortium/
Showcasing Water Innovation – Floating Wetlands. City of Kawartha Lakeshttp://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/environment/showcasing-water-innovation