Announced in August 2011 and currently under development, the SOWC project was created with the goal of building an integrated platform for water-related research and the development, testing, and demonstration of water and wastewater technologies and services.
Once built, the platform will be operated by the SOWC as a means of enabling Southern Ontario companies to develop, test, and demonstrate new water technologies and services for local, national, and global markets. The platform will ensure that the companies involved are able to compete effectively in those markets and that they can retain existing development initiatives in the province and/or attract new ones.
The platform will include facilities for research and development related to watershed management, wastewater treatment, ecotoxicology, drinking water treatment, analytical techniques, and sensor development. It will encompass a series of facilities located primarily within the Grand River watershed but also in many other Southern Ontario areas. The facilities will be linked with a large computational and data resource invested by IBM and installed at the University of Toronto for the processing, analysis, storage, and distribution of the data produced across the platform.
The key to the SOWC project is the integration of all elements of water management into a single platform enabled by a sophisticated data generation, processing, and management environment. The proposed platform will be comprised of six complementary research and demonstration areas, or Cb