Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

March 06, 2009 10:31 ET

PPIC Awarded $800,000 in Additional Funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 6, 2009) - A valuable tool that will help municipalities across North America and around the world avoid potentially disastrous infrastructure failures today moves to the next step of its development.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has awarded up to $800,000 in additional funding to a water pipeline inspection technology project led by the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company (PPIC).

The Pipe Diver project will develop and demonstrate a device that inspects pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP) used by municipalities to transport water to end users. The device enables the identification of stressed sections of pipe before a catastrophic failure occurs, enabling water utilities to minimize operational risks, optimize their investment, and extend the safety and economic life of their pipelines, thereby saving themselves and taxpayers millions of dollars.

"The Government of Canada is proud to provide continued support for successful clean technologies such as this Pipe Diver project," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources. "Modern, sustainable infrastructure is a cornerstone of a strong, competitive economy and is fundamental to the quality of life in our communities."

"The Government of Canada's investment in this project is another example of our action to boost the potential of promising new technologies that can create new jobs, generate economic spin-offs and improve the environment for Canadians," said the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment.

"The technology demonstrated in the Pipe Diver project has the potential to save 3,600,000 L of water (1 1/2 Olympic swimming pools) for every 1.6 km section of large ( greater than 1.5 m) diameter PCCP inspected by preventing catastrophic failures and allowing water service to continue during the scheduled inspection," said SDTC President and CEO Vicky Sharpe. "By eliminating the need to remove a section of PCCP from service and dewater it prior to scheduled manual inspection, Pipe Diver can save hundreds of thousands of dollars from a municipal water budget, resulting in tangible environmental and economic benefits for millions of Canadians."

Under the initial SDTC funding, PPIC developed a design capable of inspecting small to medium diameter PCCP ranging from 0.6 (24 inch) to 1.5 m (60 inch) in diameter. SDTC's additional funding will allow PPIC to conduct the additional development and demonstration required to overcome the challenges in scaling the technology for use in PCCP larger than 1.5 m in diameter.

"SDTC has been a great partner in the development of innovative solutions for our client's needs," said Brian Mergelas, President and CEO of PPIC. "We have not only benefitted from the financial support but also from the ongoing guidance throughout out the execution of the project."

The $800,000 is additional funding to the $400,000 committed by SDTC to the Pipe Diver project. SDTC has also committed $500,000 in funding to another project led by PPIC which will develop and demonstrate an enhanced version of the company's "Sahara" water pipe leak detection technology.

About SDTC

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm's-length foundation which has received $1.05 billion from the Government of Canada as part of its commitment to create a healthy environment and a high quality of life for all Canadians. SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The $550 million SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels. SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation and has been working with the public and private sector including industry, academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the financial community and all levels of government to achieve this mandate. For more information, please visit

About PPIC

PPIC is the recognized leader for condition assessment of strategic pressurized water pipelines. The company's customers are water and wastewater utilities around the world that are responsible for managing an aging and expensive water infrastructure. PPIC's uses patented technologies to evaluate and pinpoint problems and prioritize rehabilitation budgets in order to reduce water losses, avoid catastrophic pipeline failures, defer capital expenditures and meet regulations. For more information, please visit

Contact Information

  • PPIC
    Xiangjie Kong
    Technology Manager
    905-624-1040 x 220
    Patrice Breton
    Director, Communications
    613-234-6313 x 295
    Natural Resources Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Jasmine MacDonnell
    Press Secretary