The management of H2O Innovation has signed a contract for the first phase of the drinking water treatment project for the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, a First Nation community with a population of approximately 800 inhabitants, situated 16 km northeast of Schefferville, Quebec. The total cost of the project is approximately $2 million. Revenue for H2O represents close to $180,000 for the first phase and $420,000 for the second phase, for which funding is conditional on the community obtaining the balance of the financing from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
The contract was awarded following the analysis of several options available for the treatment of local groundwater or surface water from Peter Lake. Membrane filtration of surface water was selected by the community and approved by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada for several reasons, including the vulnerability of the groundwater source to contamination given its proximity to the community and the presence of high levels of iron and manganese. Before arriving at this decision, a pilot phase was undertaken to test the membrane filtration technology.
“The Nation is enthusiastic about implementing the membrane filtration technology in Kawawachikamach,” said Chief Jimmy James Einish. “We are looking forward to using a low-cost technology that is reliable and easy to operate.”
H2O is pursuing its market development using government-certified technologies, among others, for the 160 Quebec municipalities that must update to attain new standards and for aboriginal communities, not only in Quebec, but throughout Canada, as with two existing H2O installations at Cormorant and Barrows in Manitoba.
H2O’s mission is to develop, produce and market state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly products destined for the production of drinking water and the treatment of wastewater and industrial process water.