Feds invest in water sensor maker

The federal government is spending $1.9 million to support Charlottetown-based Sentry Water Monitoring through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

This is the first SDTC investment in Sentry Water Monitoring and part of a partnership that is advancing the company as an industry leader in wastewater treatment.

“Climate change is the seminal challenge of our generation. PEI’s Sentry Water Monitoring, through innovation and dedication, has developed low-energy solutions for wastewater management,” said Sean Casey, member of parliament for Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

“I am proud to be part of a government that invests in cleantech in PEI. It’s good for the province and good for the planet.”

Sentry Water Monitoring will use the investment to enhance its technology for optimizing wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). The company’s bioelectrochemical sensor monitors microbial health in real time, under difficult wastewater conditions.

WWTPs remove contaminants from domestic and industrial sewage to produce an end product that can be safely discharged into the environment or used for irrigation, preventing the pollution of streams, rivers and oceans. By continuously monitoring biological data, Sentry Water Monitoring’s leading technology can minimize negative impacts on the plant’s performance and resulting water quality.

“We care about the environment and making better decisions when treating wastewater,” said Patrick Kiely, CEO, Sentry Water Monitoring .

“SDTC will help accelerate the use of Sentry’s technology in the circular economy by helping wastewater treatment plants save 20% on energy costs or generate 20% more energy from renewable biogas.” 

SDTC is an independent federal foundation that funds companies with the potential to become leaders in environmental technologies and help solve environmental challenges, such as climate change and polluted air, water and soil.

Since 2001, SDTC has invested more than $1.38 billion in 460 companies that have generated $2.8 billion in annual revenues, created 16,930 jobs, brought 177 new technologies to market and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22.4 megatonnes of CO2 annually, which is equivalent to taking almost seven million cars off the road every year.