In April 2022, Purafy announced its partnership with researchers at Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College to test its innovative new greywater recycling system at Kate’s Rest Foundation, a property that provides permanent housing geared towards people who were once homeless or were at risk of homelessness in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Greywater is wastewater from non-toilet plumbing systems such as sinks, washing machines, showers and baths. When treated and recycled, greywater can be safely reused in toilets and for outdoor use. Such recycling efforts are increasingly required to sustainably manage the use of potable water in communities across the world, including here in North America where many regions face water shortages.
The patent-pending, Made-in-Canada greywater recycling technology is set to revolutionize the way households across North America manage their water usage and sewage waste. With this multi-dimensional research and development program funded by the federal and provincial governments, testing is set to continue for another two years. The greywater recycling system being developed aims to reduce household water intake and sewage waste by cleaning and reusing wastewater from baths, sinks, washing machines, and kitchen appliances at Kate’s Rest.
Purafy’s Chief Operating Officer Cameron Runte is delighted with the progress of the greywater system at Kate’s Rest and promises there is more to come. “While there isn’t yet a pressing shortage of water in many places around Ontario, we see tremendous opportunity to bring forward this technology through its final stages of development and design for manufacturing to achieve a commercial-ready state within the next 12 months. If your community is feeling the stresses of a water shortage situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to Purafy to find out more about how we can make a difference.”
Former Deputy Surgeon General and Advisory Board Member at Purafy, Dr Michael Shannon, also praised the progress of the system and believes it can aid a global issue. “Witnessing first-hand what has been achieved by Purafy’s new greywater remediation technology, I am absolutely convinced that it will rapidly assume a central role in water conservation programs across Canada and around the world. Within a year, it has had such a profound impact on the situation that the Kate’s Rest Foundation is now planning to significantly expand its residential capacity while still remaining well below the provincial water utilization limits.”
Dr. Sreeman Mypati, Engineering Manager of Water Treatment at Purafy, echoed the thoughts of his colleagues and is eager to see the future results of the project. “It is very exciting to see the greywater treatment system field testing reached a one-year milestone. The core technology of the system is intact and performing consistently with minimal maintenance during this period. I am looking forward to increasing the daily treatment capacity by modifying some of the unit processes and improving output water quality for usage beyond toilet flushing over the coming year. ”
Kate’s Rest has already experienced a profound impact from a project that still has two more years to go. As the research project continues, the Purafy team has learned a great deal about how its filtration systems perform and the possibilities that greywater recycling can offer for consumers and communities around the world. Our passion for providing clean water extends beyond the present and into the future.
At Purafy, we are committed to developing solutions that not only meet today’s sustainability challenges, but those we anticipate will emerge tomorrow. The greywater system is an integral part of this mission, and we are excited to continue refining our technology and making it even more accessible. With our revolutionary graphene filters, we are well-positioned to continue leading the way in the water filtration industry while paving the road to a brighter, greener future for everyone.
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