SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

March 16, 2015 14:09 ET

World's first fully integrated research facility opens in Calgary wastewater plant

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - March 16, 2015) - The University of Calgary and The City of Calgary will unveil the $38.5 million Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) facility at the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on Tuesday, March 17. This facility is the first of its kind in the world, where university researchers are working side-by-side with municipal operators to advance wastewater treatment technologies and knowledge that will lead to cleaner water, a better protected ecosystem and improved public health.

Members of the media are invited to attend the launch ceremony, interview featured speakers, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi and University of Calgary president Elizabeth Cannon, and tour the facility. The site includes a fully operational wastewater plant with 12 experimental streams, an analytical laboratory and a small-scale treatment facility embedded within the plant.

WHAT: World's first research facility embedded within a fully operational wastewater treatment plant

WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
3131 210 Avenue S.E. 

(Directions: See attached map)

WHO: Mayor Naheed Nenshi; Elizabeth Cannon, President, University of Calgary; Ed McCauley, Vice President (Research), University of Calgary; the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification; Rob Spackman, Director, Water Resources, City of Calgary; the Honourable Don Scott, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education

PHOTO OPS: Speakers at podium, media scrum, facility tours both indoor and outdoor 

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.' 

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