Research builds our urban community

1980 to present
Calgary, Alberta
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The University of Calgary teams up with its home city to improve wastewater treatment methods.

When we turn on the tap or flush the toilet, we don’t usually give much thought to where the water comes from or where it’s going. But municipal wastewater treatment can be extremely expensive, and the higher the level of treatment, the cleaner the effluent and the smaller the impact on the environment. Even so, Calgary treats its wastewater three times — more than many Canadian cities — before returning it to the Bow River.

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Find more stories of research in action on, the website of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.