A University of British Columbia-developed system that uses bacteria to turn non-potable water into drinking water will be tested next week in West Vancouver prior to being installed in remote communities in Canada and beyond.
The system consists of tanks of fibre membranes that catch and hold contaminants—dirt, organic particles, bacteria and viruses—while letting water filter through. A community of beneficial bacteria, or biofilm, functions as the second line of defence, working in concert to break down pollutants.
Applied Science sends a huge congratulations to the Great Hatch for another successful event!
UBC technology that improves the accessibility of safe drinking water is now a thriving startup, thanks to an experienced executive taking a chance on a new venture and the multi-faceted support UBC offers entrepreneurial faculty, students, staff and alumni.
On February 8, 2017, the BC Innovation Council announced the second round of Ignite Awards funding for the commercialization of ground-breaking BC research. A total of $873,475 was awarded amongst three BC research projects in natural resources and applied sciences, bringing the total amount of BCIC Ignite funding awarded to over $1.7M since 2016.
Two of the three projects are co-developed by UBC Engineering professors: