The Walkerton Clean Water Centre has completed 13 pilot testing projects with First Nations clients to empower them to improve their drinking water

Walkerton, ON — Since 2017 the Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) has completed 13 pilot testing projects to help First Nations communities improve the quality of their drinking water, and in some cases, help lift the long-term drinking water advisories that have been in place for many years.

First Nations clients have reached out to WCWC for help with pilot testing projects — small-scale and larger practical studies to evaluate the feasibility or performance of water treatment strategies and their effects on water quality. Pilot testing projects can address health-based, operational, or aesthetic water quality parameters. These projects can be completed at a client’s site or at the Technology Demonstration Facility in Walkerton, Ontario.

WCWC’s state-of-the-art Technology Demonstration Facility features the latest conventional and advanced water treatment and control technologies, Some of the pilot treatment units available include: dissolved air flotation; ultrafiltration; nanofiltration; reverse osmosis; fixed bed and magnetic ion exchange; slow sand filtration; ozone; ultraviolet light; and advanced oxidation processes.

WCWC provides clients with preliminary data throughout each project and once the project is complete, a detailed report, which is also available on WCWC’s Drinking Water Resource Library at is published. Clients may use the project results with engineering consultants in the selection and design of appropriate treatment systems.

WCWC has years of pilot testing experience in areas such as disinfection by-products (DBPs), iron and manganese treatment, natural organic matter, arsenic and coagulation. To learn more about how WCWC’s pilot testing services can help you optimize your water system, please visit or contact us at 866-515-0550.

Background: WCWC is an agency of the Government of Ontario, established in 2004, to help
ensure clean and safe drinking water for the entire province. WCWC coordinates and provides
education, training and information to drinking water system owners, operators and operating
authorities, and the public, in order to safeguard Ontario’s drinking water. To date, high-quality
drinking water training has been provided to more than 98,000 participants across Ontario.
Through partnerships, WCWC also provides training for the 134 First Nations communities in
Ontario. For more information please visit