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Sewage system shipped for assembly in a jungle or a mountainside

Newterra's innovative treatment system can be scaled up or scaled down depending on work force needs at remote mine or oil and gas sites

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From its plant in Brockville, Ont., Newterra makes large water filtration and treatment systems for mines and other locations in remote places.

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Tyler Goodwins, left, and Kevin Maloney work at the factory. Newterra is currently delivering a sewage treatment plant packaged in 26 large shipping containers to a mining camp in Zambia, where it will process the effluent generated by 8,000 people.

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Marco Cacciato, left, and Colin Jackson work on a treatment system controls. The system being delivered to Zambia will be fully operational within a few weeks of its arrival, and less than six months since the order was initially placed. That’s a huge advantage compared to the time-consuming process of building a sewage plant on site – likely a two- to three-year project.

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Kevin Maloney threads some pipe. Newterra’s modular approach is key to its innovative success. The waste treatment system is designed to be packed inside standard shipping containers. The giant steel boxes can be easily shipped anywhere.

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Steve Jackson works on control components. For mining or oil and gas firms that need to process sewage at remote camps in the Canadian North, Africa, South America or anywhere around the world, the Newterra approach is hugely appealing.

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Ian Kendrick welds components. Newterra attributes its success to the fact that it controls its entire supply chain, from the membrane maker in Germany to its Georgia division that builds its steel tanks and components, to its manufacturing operations in Brockville.

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Bruce Lounsbury, Newterra’s CEO, stands inside one of the treatment system containers. He has his eye on new municipal markets. Newterra has installed a sewage system at a small townhouse and motel development just outside Brockville, and it is making treatment plants for a B.C. housing development, a golf course clubhouse in Western Canada, and a campground in Ohio.

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