Improve Ottawa’s Waterways

Improve Ottawa's Waterways

(Database of Projects, Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: Biotown

Project Start Date: Sept 21Crowdfunding campaign to support our research: September 21 – October 26


Biotown, Ottawa’s community biology lab, is researching better methods for the City of Ottawa to test the microbe levels of our recreational water. Current methods require 24 hours from time of sampling to determine whether water is contaminated. We hope to bring this delay down to 5 hours. Same-day testing creates more accurate decisions, because bacteria levels can change dramatically in the course of a day. Exposure to contaminated water can cause mild to serious illnesses and infections of the skin, eyes, ears, and gut. We hope to reduce the risk to public health.


The Indiegogo funding campaign will take place from September 21st to October 26th. Once we have the funds to support our research, we will use our lab facilities over the Autumn and Winter months to experiment with different testing protocols.

Contact Information:

  • Name: Rhys Mason

Project entered on: September 8, 2017 at 3:35 pm

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