Water research from source-to-tap. Literally.

Advancing Fundamental Water Science

A “black box” approach to water science can be useful for observing phenomena, but it only goes so far. Explaining the mechanisms that produce these phenomena takes us further, and this knowledge can be applied (and re-applied) in both natural and engineered systems because the science is frequently the same, but the constraints are different.

  • Tackling “Wicked Problems” – Source water protection. Climate change adaptation. Cumulative effects assessment. Integrated water and land management.

  • Source-to-Tap Research – Source, transport, and fate of water contaminants linked to treatability challenges.

  • Trans-Disciplinary Approach – Integrated biological, chemical, and hydrological water science through collaborative partnerships.

Innovating Water Treatment Technology

A solid basis in fundamental processes and mechanisms relevant to water science expedites natural and engineered technology optimization and development. Rigorous quantitative analysis, multi-scale investigation, and advanced data processing expedite it even more.

  • Full-, Pilot- & Lab-Scale Research – Drinking water. Stormwater. Wastewater. Water reuse. Treatment resilience.

  • Green & Grey Infrastructure – Engineered and natural physico-chemical processes and biofiltration.

  • Operations Support – Data driven machine learning. Critical control point identification. Sensor development.

Leading the Development of Water Policy

Whether for industry or society, science-based decision-making requires both science and decision support tools for assessing impacts of action/inaction and the relative costs/benefits of that action/inaction.

  • Decision-Making – Global wildfire-water risk. Drinking water security. Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA). Groundwater under the direct influence of surface water (GUDI). Water reuse.

  • Best Management Practices (BMPs) – Filter design and operation. Water safety plans. Eutrophication management. Reservoir management. Watershed monitoring. Road salt application. Stormwater management.

  • Economic Analysis – Cost/benefit of source water protection (green infrastructure) vs. in-plant (grey infrastructure) water treatment technologies. Mitigation of wildfire risks to drinking water treatability.

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Canada Research Chair in Water Science, Technology, and Policy

Water science, technology and policy for industry and society

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Meet Our Core Team

The Water STP Group is a trans-disciplinary collaboration between university professors and scientists working in close partnership with industry, government, and academia on a wide range of water projects in Canada and internationally.