Canadian Biomass Magazine

Forward Water demonstration plant begins operations

August 23, 2019
By Maria Church

Canadian start-up company Forward Water Technologies has completed commissioning of its first demonstration plant that uses a proprietary technology to reduce wastewater treatment and disposal.

The company announced this week the commercial-scale plant in Airdrie, Alta., has successfully tested its systems and sub systems and is ready to begin operations.

Forward Water’s technology purifies and desalinates wastewater using a proprietary forward osmosis process.

The demonstration plant is located on a site licensed by Terrapure Environmental, which is providing the targeted wastewater streams.


Forward Water CEO Howie Honeyman said in an email the plant will process wastewater at a rate of 15 cubic metres a day.

“The operation of this plant should provide a definitive demonstration of commercial viability and attract clients who will want to incorporate this technology into their own wastewater treatment operations. While the closest and most obvious of those prospective customers will be in Alberta’s oil patch. The broader market is much more diverse,” Honeyman said.

In 2017, Forward Water received a joint funding award through Alberta Innovates and SDTC with the goal of accelerating the commercialization of their technology in Alberta.

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