Thorsby to partner with Swirltex

Posted on Wednesday December 19, 2018 at 04:34PM

The Town of Thorsby has signed on as the first community in Alberta to partner with Swirltex to collaborate and sell treated lagoon water to industry partners. While Thorsby currently meets both its Provincial and Federal legislated environment requirements on water discharge quality, this water re-use strategy will help to further minimize any potential environmental impacts of discharge of lagoon waters to fish bearing waters, and will also reduce the volume of fresh water diverted from Alberta watersheds for industrial purposes, and conserve drinking water sources for future generations.  Swirltex will provide the technology, hardware and find customers, Thorsby will provide the wastewater and resulting revenues will be cost shared.

As an economic opportunity, this process will now provide Thorsby with three complementing options on water sales – raw water, treated water (potable) and wastewater (post Swirltex treatment), and while the revenues from wastewater are not expected to be huge, currently they provide no revenue whatsoever, only the potential for cost.

Jointly we hope to challenge the area community and entrepreneurs through a GOAL ZERO program, to bring forward additional ideas for use of the treated nutrient rich wastewater, and will be commencing community engagement meetings in the new year to build confidence and accountability by ensuring any concerns are properly addressed.

With the combination of revenue generation, environmental stewardship, and community engagement, the Swirltex Lagoon Unit has the potential to be transformative for the Town of Thorsby, with a GOAL ZERO of wastewater.

The first Town Hall meeting is slated for February 13, 2019, location yet to be confirmed.

Listen to the interview with Ryan Jesperson on 630 CHED through the link below.


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What a great opportunity for Thorsby to lead the province (and country!) in water stewardship, while also creating revenue to be reinvested in the community. Best of luck to Thorsby and Swirltex!

Posted on Thursday December 20, 2018 at 03:25PM

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According to municipal census, The Town of Thorsby showed a 8% population increase from 2012 to 2015.

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