CASE STUDY: New wastewater treatment system exceeding expectations in Unity, Saskatchewan

Aug. 20, 2017
Tecvalco project is first of its kind in Canada.

There are two MemFree Wastewater Treatment System units running in Unity, Saskatchewan.


NORTH BATTLEFORD, SK, AUG 20, 2017 -- With seven months of run-time behind it, the MemFree Wastewater Treatment System is exceeding expectations at the Town of Unity. And this bodes well for the province. The first-of-its-kind-in-Canada wastewater treatment system was installed in the Saskatchewan town back at the beginning of January 2017.

The two systems in Unity were manufactured by Tecvalco Ltd., which is headquartered in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and has their primary manufacturing facility located in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

"The Unity project was an integral first for use of the MemFree system on wastewater treatment in Canada," noted Tecvalco president Mike Menger.

Mr. Menger believes so strongly in the growth potential of this product, that Tecvalco recently completed a hiring blitz in North Battleford, adding an additional shift to the manufacturing facility.

"We believe in this product, and in the community that we have chosen to call home for our manufacturing efforts," Mr. Menger added. "It's fantastic being able to generate more meaningful jobs here in Saskatchewan."

He has every reason to be optimistic, as the test results are proving the technology works.

"Results we are getting show that the technology has proven to exceed Canadian standards for wastewater by 400 percent," noted Darrell Behan, CEO of Soneera Water. Mr. Behan added that the interested being generated by the Unity installation is enormous, especially in Saskatchewan's smaller communities. Numerous representatives from other communities have made the trip to Unity to see the units in action, and view the results for themselves.

Mr. Behan added that Soneera Water presented an update to the Town of Unity on the system a month and a half ago, and they were very pleased with the progress.

"All things considered, I believe the MemFree system is surpassing expectations so far," said Collin Field, the Director of Public Works and Infrastructure at the Town of Unity.

While small towns are the prime candidate for this system, the system is capable of much more. It has applications in industrial use, oil and gas, tailing ponds, breweries, creameries, dairy operations, and a wide variety of other commercial and agriculture sectors.

Unity began their search for a new wastewater treatment solution when they were told by the province of Saskatchewan that their current wastewater system could only support 2,500 residents. Faced with the prospect of growth in the near future, the town then spent 18 months researching options. They finally settled on the MemFree system, which is an Australian technology, owned by Arizona-based Soneera Water. In January of 2016, Soneera and the Town of Unity signed the original Supply and Service agreement. Since then, Soneera partnered with the Canadian company Tecvalco Ltd. to manufacture and sell the system in this country.

The two MemFree systems were installed in a new building located at the current lagoon site, west of Unity. The Town Council settled on MemFree, which is a continuous-flow electroflocculation water treatment system, primarily due to economics. They stated that this was the most viable of all the options financially, but added that the system is appealing for other reasons as well - mainly its small footprint and ease of use.

"The MemFree units should enable the Town to grow in population by another 45 percent," Mr. Field said, adding that the growth in population creates a boon for local businesses as well. The two systems are made up of eight cells each, which is sufficient to handle the wastewater treatment needs of a community of 3,600 people. However, the system is modular, and can be expanded to handle the requirements of 6,000 residents. The Town of Unity currently has a population of just over 3,000.

Wastewater treatment is a significantly growing concern in Canada, which affects more than just the growth potential of small communities like Unity. Per the Government of Canada's Environment and Climate Change website, over 150 billion litres of untreated and undertreated wastewater is dumped into Canadian waterways every year. The website notes that this is an environmental, human health, and economic issue.

"Once we can show the technology works as well as it will in Unity, we project that smaller communities that understand the challenges and cost of wastewater treatment will be onboard and bring jobs and additional economic activity to central Saskatchewan," noted Mr. Menger. "The Unity project is the first of many examples of how the MemFree system can clean wastewater in all sectors of water usage; from fracking, to industrial, to agricultural, to municipal applications.

The MemFree Wastewater System
Soneera Water's MemFree system was invented in Australia by Dr. Vivian Robinson. After years of research, Dr. Robinson called this breakthrough technology "electroflocculation," and his white paper on the process has been published by several global scientific magazines as the reference paper on the technology. Dr. Robinson's patented technology is the first, and to date only, successful application of this methodology in a continuous flow commercial environment. Soneera Water and Tecvalco Ltd. are the only companies licensed to market and maintain this technology in North America.

The MemFree technology has found acceptance and success in the Australian market, and was first introduced in North America in 2014 through a pilot project in Arizona. Once it was proven at a variety of wastewater installations, and its U.S. patent was issued in August of 2015, Soneera Water LLC started marketing it in the United States.

The Soneera Wastewater System is a membrane-free, continuous flow electroflocculation system that can treat up to 750 cubic metres of water per day using a single system module. It uses very small amounts of power, ranging typically from 0.03 to 0.07 Kwh/m3, and uses roughly one-fifth the physical footprint of a traditional treatment facility. There are no chemicals added to process, however, with the addition of a chlorine drip and a UV system, the technology can produce potable drinking water from raw sewage. It is capable of cleaning 97 to 99 per cent of all wastewater types, and treats to the nano-filtration level. It is an automated system that is remotely monitored and programmed.

Mr. Field noted that the system is very user-friendly, and "almost a hands-free system". He noted that it does still require some monitoring, and that the electrodes need to be replaced three to four times a year.

Tecvalco Ltd. is a premier distribution and manufacturing company, with staff across Canada. Learn more at

Registered in 2014 in the USA, Soneera Water has proven its patented waste water cleaning technology in Australia and the U.S.A. Learn more at

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