With a name like Muddy River, you know it has to involve some dirty work.
But ultimately, Muddy River Technologies is more about cleaning up.
“We create simple systems to treat sophisticated water and wastewater problems,” the Delta-based company explains.
Muddy River helps clients plan and manage water treatment processes in a variety of industries such as agriculture, aquaculture, industrial, municipal, and domestic wastewater.
The company’s technologies work to neutralize pH levels, provide potable water supplies, and perform site remediation.
For example, gravitEC coagulates a wide range of wastewater contaminants, can be used to modify pH, and uses gas bubbles formed by electrocoagulation to simply separate solids by flotation. Meanwhile, BlendAir uses spinning disks to create a vortex to efficiently mix solids or liquids or transfer gases into water.
There is also Sewer sLick, which removes fats, oil and grease plus floating debris from municipal lift stations to produce a waste concentrate for periodic removal. And MikroForme, which uses a patented generator that creates bubbles sized five microns or smaller in water. These micro-bubbles are used to separate oils or suspended solids from water by air flotation and transfer gases into water.
The BC firm is part of Vancouver’s water-tech ecosystem. It was founded on the belief that, “with a solid understanding of physical, chemical, electrochemical and microbiological tools combined with an on-going process of trial and error, improved products could be developed.”
Muddy River looks to distinguish itself by focusing on simplicity in engineering their technologies, according to a statement from the firm.
The company also says it emphasizes environmental stewardship, ensuring that systems perform efficiently, are cost-effective, and produce clean results for customers.
“Wastewater treatment can be really simple but industry insists on making it complicated,” the company says.
Wastewater may not be a popular topic of discussion, but the Canadian firms innovating the space are advancing critical progress for industry, residents, and the environment.
For example, Port Coquitlam-based wastewater energy transfer firm SHARC International Systems is helping the City of Vancouver’s False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility reach their goal of having 100% of energy coming from renewable energy sources by 2030.
Meanwhile, Infinitii AI launched “flowwork pro” in October at the WEFTEC 2022 water industry trade show in New Orleans. Flowworks is a suite of data, analysis, and reporting tools for Smart City water infrastructure customers.
The Vancouver company made its first sale of the advanced AI tech in January—to The Region of Peel, which provides water and wastewater services to 1.5 million residents and 175,000 businesses in the City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, and Town of Caledon—and handles 240 billion litres of water per year, equivalent to 263 Olympic swimming pools each day, through nearly 4,000 kilometres of pipe.
Other startups innovating BC’s watertech space include Aquatic Formatics and BujiBui.
Muddy River was founded in 2013.
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