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Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating representatives Jessey Noble (left) and Joe Ziegler (right) present the National Water Wise Award to Brad DeLorey, Director of Communications and Public Affairs of the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Sask.

CRC wins National Water Wise Award

By Daniel Jungwirth

October 19, 2017

The Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC) in Regina, Sask., has received a national award for its innovative Wastewater Improvement Project — a $200 million initiative to clean and recycle all of its wastewater.

Earlier this week, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) presented the CRC with its National Water Wise Award, which recognizes the efforts of organizations to improve our relationship with water.

“The Wastewater Improvement Project demonstrates our commitment to being an industry leader in sustainability, which is a major part of our vision for the future of the refinery,” says Gil Le Dressay, Vice-President of Refinery Operations.

“By implementing the Wastewater Improvement Project and its leading edge technology, we enhance our operations, reduce our environmental impact and benefit our community. Needless to say, we’re very proud of this project.”  

The CIPH is a not-for-profit trade association that serves more than 250 member companies that manufacture, sell and distribute plumbing, heating, hydronics, industrial PVC and waterworks products and services. It introduced the Water Wise Award in 2016, with past recipients including WaterAid Canada, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, le Fonds Éco IGA and Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University.

“The co-op’s foresight, scope of work and cutting-edge practices surrounding its Wastewater Improvement Project make it more than worthy of this acknowledgement,” CIPH Chairman Joe Senese said in a media release.

“This award is a modest gesture for a significant contribution to the City of Regina, as well as all of Western Canada.”

Innovation at work

The Wastewater Improvement Project, which was commissioned in 2016, employs industry-leading technology from General Electric that enables CRC to clean and recycle 100 per cent of its wastewater.

When fully operational later this year, it will significantly reduce the refinery’s reliance on the City of Regina’s water resources, while also decreasing volatile organic compound emissions from wastewater ponds and reducing the associated nuisance odours.

Earlier this year, the Wastewater Improvement project was also named Industrial Water Project of the Year at the Global Water Awards in Madrid, Spain.