The Water Technology
Development Centre (WTDC)
The Water Technology Development Centre (WTDC) is an ambitious, collaborative effort amongst oil sands operators to share learnings and develop technologies which will improve the responsible use of water within the industry. The WTDC project involves both a physical testing facility and management and technical committees, which meet regularly to ensure the project’s success.
The Water Technology Development Centre is currently building a testing facility which, once completed, will speed up the development and implementation of new water treatment technologies. By shortening the timeframe required to test new technologies, operators will accelerate return on investment, reduce water use, improve energy efficiency, and improve technologies and practices for managing water products from water treatment.
WaterSMART provides the WTDC with expert facilitation, meeting support, and preparation of summary reports. By managing the behind the scenes details and documenting the committees’ efforts, WaterSMART enables the WTDC membership to focus on collaborative technology development to improve the sustainability of the industry.