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Ottawa invests $900K in industrial water safety monitoring

December 2, 2021   Don Horne

Ottawa is investing $900,000 in Sherbrooke, Que.-based BioAlert Solutions to advance its water safety monitoring technology to minimize the risks associated with Legionella contamination.

Every year, thousands of people are infected by Legionella pneumophila; a bacterium found in industrial and commercial water systems. When released into the air and inhaled by humans, this pathogen can cause legionnaires’ disease, a serious form of pneumonia that is often fatal.

“SDTC’s support is enabling BioAlert to take its system to the next level, moving from detection to treatment support through the use of artificial intelligence. BioAlert Solutions firmly believes that its technology can reduce the carbon footprint of cooling systems while improving public health protection.” said Étienne Lemieux, CEO and co-founder, BioAlert Solutions.

BioAlert will use this investment to develop and validate a water treatment performance indicator while advancing its automated platform for monitoring cooling towers for Legionella contamination.


This bio-detection system will reduce water consumption, the use of toxic biocides and the risk of disease.

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