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Research can revolutionize wastewater treatment

Associated Engineering has secured a Collaborative Research & Development grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, in partnership with Metro Vancouver and the University of British Columbia. Dr. Dean Shiskowski, Vice President, Water Resource Recovery tells us, “The grant funds a two-year research program in aerobic granular biomass or AGB - a potentially revolutionary technology in biological wastewater treatment.”  

Elegant in their simplicity, aerobic granular biomass systems use rapid-settling, millimetre-scale biological granules, combined with high biomass concentrations, to provide a more compact wastewater treatment facility footprint. Compared to secondary treatment systems using traditional flocculant biomass, AGB systems reduce the land area needed for wastewater treatment, construction-related resources, embedded greenhouse gas emissions, and costs.  

The University of British Columbia is our academic partner. Metro Vancouver, our industrial partner, has contributed funding, research space and logistics support at its Annacis Research Centre. 

Dean, who is also an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at UBC, leads the research program. Wastewater Engineer, Jason Leong from our Burnaby office, coordinates the day-to-day activities and provides support to the participating graduate students. Jason completed his Master’s thesis on AGB performance in treating municipal wastewater.