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A shocking solution to sewage treatment in Nunavut –

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 201855 Views

July 04, 2018

National Research Council is using electricity to help kill nasty bugs in northern effluent

Sewage in many of Nunavut’s smaller communities is treated in lagoons that eventually drain into the ocean. This effluent may not always meet tougher federal discharge standards that came into force in recent years in southern Canada.

Nunavut has so far been exempt from these rules, but may not be forever.

Canada’s National Research Council says it may have a solution. It’s called Bioelectrochemical Anaerobic Sewage Treatment, or BEAST.

The goal of the device, says Anne Barker, Arctic program leader at the National Research Council, is to create a sewage treatment system suitable for remote, northern locations that could be described as “simple to use, doesn’t require a lot of moving parts, easy to maintain and hopefully low cost.”

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