Drinking Water Research Group

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Drinking water treatment engineering

Areas of expertise

The Drinking Water Resource Group incorporates leading-edge research technology to explore novel ways of treating drinking water that are more sustainable, effective, and easier in terms of operations. In particular, the lab offers unique capabilities to explore activated carbon absorption techniques, as advanced oxidation processes. 

Research services

Activated carbon pilot plant, ultraviolet light advanced oxidation, toxicity testing, examination of emerging contaminants

Sectors of application
  • Clean technology
  • Environmental technologies and related services



Activated carbon pilot plant

Testing different methods to apply activated carbon for the removal of various contaminants in drinking water

Gas chromatograph

Device to measure low concentrations of various contaminants in drinking water

Microbiology module

An array of tools to permit the monitoring of various emerging microbial contaminants in drinking water

Zeta potentiometer and particle sizer

An instrument to measure the size and electrical charge on particles in water, to evaluate the effectiveness of different treatment technologies

  • Many municipal utilities in Ontario