Based in Peterborough, Chaoticwaters Inc. has developed a highly energy efficient method of treating contaminated waters and restoring them back to health. We spoke with President & CEO Aaron Morrison to learn more about the company’s progress.
Describe your core offering(s). How is your organization contributing to a cleaner, greener future?
We started in search of the answers to a few questions. What would happen if we took a different approach to a treatment process for contaminated water? How could we treat human and animal waste without high energy costs and without chemicals or filters? Over the past 12 years, we’ve worked toward solving these challenges. The result is a high-efficiency, low-cost, environmentally sustainable and portable wastewater treatment plant.
Other than coffee, what gets you out of bed in the morning? How does this work connect with your core beliefs and values?
Knowing where our technology started and the advancements which are yet to come is the main driver, but what Carl Sagan said about air and water speaks to me directly: “Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” The “don’t sit this one out part” made it very difficult to stop the progress on our technology.
Tell us about a recent win (or wins) or your organization.
Chaoticwaters Inc. just finished a successful two-year pilot project of our latest portable unit design. Depending on the influent, the new design allows us to process up to 720K GPD in a very small footprint. At the same time, our technology uses 95%+ less energy than conventional treatment methods – without chemicals or filters.
What’s next for your organization?
We’re building a direct awareness campaign targeted to the end users of our technology. The campaign will highlight the benefits of working together to improve their SDG and ESG targets and outline how we can achieve those goals while substantially reducing overall operating costs. Chaoticwaters Inc. is a self-funded venture; when funds permit, I am also looking to join a few other industry organizations to further contribute to the growth of the cleantech community in Ontario.
Finally, what’s on your team’s wish list for Ontario’s cleantech sector?
Our toughest challenge has been to finance the development without compromising our intellectual property. We’d love to see a fast track for trialing and testing new solutions that protects IP. We’d also like to see governments encouraging the growth of Ontario’s cleantech companies in Ontario. They could do this by providing more support to homegrown firms, reducing barriers, and making funding available.
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