Federal funding for mining wastewater treatment

SHERBROOKE, Quebec – The federal government is providing $4.5 million for E2Metrix Inc. to help mining operations recycle wastewater. Headquartered in Sherbrooke, Quebec, E2Metrix Inc. specializes in the treatments for various forms of wastewater.

Wastewater for mining operations can often contain harmful pollutants and toxic chemicals. E2Metrix’s innovative Ecothor technology will clean and separate contaminants, like ammonia and heavy metals, from the wastewater. The process is a more effective, energy-efficient and affordable way to reuse and recycle wastewater from mining operations. It will help companies improve water efficiency and reduce their mining operation’s impact on fresh water.

The project is funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program, which invests in clean technology research and development projects in Canada’s energy, mining and forest sectors. The program is a $155-million investment fund that helps natural resource sectors and innovators come together to accelerate the development of clean technologies that reduce greenhouse gas and air polluting emissions while minimizing landscape disturbances and improving waste management practices.

Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program also provided E2Metrix Inc. with the capacity to collaborate with CanmetMINING on the engineering support and testing of pilot-scale technology. An additional $575,000 investment was made possible through the Program’s Science and Technology Assistance for Cleantech (STAC) initiative, which provides federal laboratory support for innovators to bring clean technologies to market by providing federal research expertise, facilities and equipment.

“The success of this project will be due to our exceptional team, which has persevered over the last few years in the development and optimization of our Ecothor electrotechnology,” said Mohamed Laaroussi
E2Metrix, president and CEO.

“This project will serve as an important foundation for Ecothor’s market deployment in the mining and industrial sectors, both here and abroad. I must thank Natural Resources Canada for providing us with this opportunity and all the stakeholders involved in this project for their valuable collaboration.”