H2O Innovation expands emergency drinking water for evacuated Canadians

Canada’s H2O Innovation Inc has provided its support to a community in Northern Alberta by expanding their emergency drinking water supply within just a few weeks.

H2O Innovation's team at the John D'Or facility
H2O Innovation's team at the John D'Or facility - Photo: Business Wire.

As a result of the unprecedented wildfire season this year, a number of communities in Northern Alberta were evacuated. Emergency housing was set up to host up to 1,000 evacuees.

Supporting this relief effort, H2O Innovation deployed a team to the community of John D’Or to maximize the production of drinking water from the existing treatment facility. The team was onsite in early July, within four weeks of the notice to proceed, and provided a 30% plant expansion by 21 July. The collaborative effort involving Little Red River Cree Nation, Indigenous Services Canada, and Tetra Tech allowed this rapid increase in drinking water supply and played a vital role in providing housing for the evacuated communities. The drinking water system at John D’Or employs ultrafiltration (UF) as pretreatment for nanofiltration (NF) with a production capacity of 915 cubic meters per day.

“I could not be prouder of our team, who was able to prioritize this emergency request and complete a 30% plant expansion within only a few weeks. We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the relief efforts in the aftermath of this natural disaster and to make a difference for these communities. This project perfectly aligns with our mission to provide solutions to complex water problems and to positively impact lives in times of need,” said Frédéric Dugré, president, CEO and co-founder of H2O Innovation.