Steel River Group’s newly formed Water Care Company receives grant from Alberta Innovates for pilot water supply project in Stoney Nakoda First Nation


CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Steel River Group Ltd. (Steel River) is honored to announce that its new entity, Water Care Company (Water Care), has received funding from the Alberta Innovates Water Innovation Program for its first water treatment project in Stoney Nakoda First Nation . The support we have received will play an important role in creating a solution to the water crisis facing Indigenous and remote communities in Canada.

In Indigenous cultures, water is considered the lifeblood of the Earth and the sacred gift that binds all life together, but many Indigenous and remote communities lack access to safe, clean water. Water Care was created to ensure these communities have access to a first-world water treatment infrastructure that can be locally owned, operated and maintained, enabling each community to solve its own water crisis.

Alberta Innovates has committed $ 328,089 to Water Care to focus on developing the pre-commercial prototype of its clarification technology at the Morley plant. This investment will help Water Care continue to develop its water treatment technology while supporting opportunities for education, employment, social sovereignty and economic sustainability.

“This is a rewarding time on the road to ending the water crisis in Canada, where access to simple and effective solutions for wastewater continues to be a challenge, especially in remote communities. and aboriginal people, ”said Trent Fequet, Founder and CEO of Steel River. “This funding will be instrumental in moving this mission forward, and I would like to thank the Alberta Innovates team for understanding the importance of this project and for its support. This technology has the potential to be transformative for so many communities across the country. The Water Care team will continue to innovate and push the boundaries of technology as Water Care seeks to expand its offerings beyond wastewater treatment, with access to clean water being the top priority.

Over the past year and a half, Steel River has worked with the Stoney Tribal Administration to explore potential solutions for the Morley Wastewater Treatment Plant, a facility that is often forced to turn away wastewater trucks in due to capacity issues. After successful testing and integration of this technology, Water Care plans to bring this technology to communities across Canada who share similar challenges with the Stoney Tribal Administration.

“The Stoney Nakoda Nation, like many nations across the country, have experienced water problems for generations that impact the entire community,” said Chief Clifford Poucette of the Wesley First Nation. “Whether it’s accessing clean water or disposing of wastewater, we need to restore, protect and preserve our water because water is sacred. As a First Nation, having the opportunity to manage this new technology, to understand how it works, and to share knowledge of its effectiveness with other Indigenous peoples is very powerful. We thank Steel River Group and Alberta Innovates for this opportunity to collaborate on such an important issue.

Alberta Innovates is the province’s largest research and innovation agency, providing funding, coaching, workshops and collaborative opportunities, to help solve today’s challenges, create new opportunities and forge a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for Albertans.

“Our Water Innovation Program supports Alberta’s cleantech industry by advancing water treatment technologies and enables safer and more reliable water resources for Albertans,” said Brett Purdy, Executive Director of environmental innovation at Alberta Innovates. “We are excited to be working with Steel River Group to advance this technology to improve the quality of life for the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, and we look forward to seeing it implemented in Indigenous and remote communities elsewhere. “

“The Stoney Tribal Administration is delighted that, with funding from the Alberta Innovates Grant, Water Care is able to bring its clarifying technology to our community to address the challenges we face at the Morley Wastewater Treatment Plant,” said Ryan Robb, Executive Director Officer of the Stoney Tribal Administration. “This technology is expected to extend and extend the life cycle and capacity of our wastewater treatment system, ensuring that the entire community has access to safe drinking water in Stoney Nakoda First Nation. “

The Stoney Tribal Administration project started in April 2021 and will run until May 2022. Water Care hopes that this project not only validates and demonstrates the performance of the technology in a real environment, but directly supports and improves current capacity issues. from Morley.

About the Steel River Group

Steel River Group is a diverse, Indigenous-owned management, development and construction consortium. The company’s mission is to partner with Indigenous communities on infrastructure projects to maximize Indigenous employment, education, ownership and entrepreneurial experience. The guiding principles of Steel River Group are deeply rooted in Indigenous values, beliefs and culture, founded on a strong sense of community. Steel River’s operational approach is centered on the company’s inclusive ecosystem model, which brings together Steel River-owned companies, Indigenous communities and strategic alliance partners around a common vision to create opportunities. generation of wealth.

For more information on Steel River Group, visit

About Water Care Company

Water Care Company was established to ensure that indigenous, remote and small communities have access to the world’s premier water and wastewater treatment infrastructure. We believe there is an opportunity to “rethink water maintenance” by vertically integrating several exceptionally simple and efficient technologies. Water Care Company offers numerous equipment and system offerings, amplifying our ability to provide value-added, holistic, community-friendly and user-friendly solutions to our Indigenous partners, community partners and other clients in need of simple and effective solutions.

For more information on Water Care Company, visit

About Alberta innovates

Alberta Innovates is the province’s largest and the premier provincial research and innovation organization in Canada. For a century, we have worked closely with researchers, businesses and entrepreneurs – pioneers who built industries and strengthened communities. Today, we look to the next frontier of opportunity in Alberta and around the world by fostering emerging technologies across all industries. We are a provincial company providing seed funding, business advice, applied and technical research services, and opportunities for partnership and collaboration. See how Alberta is innovating.

On Stoney Tribal Administration

The Stoney Tribal Administration (STA) represents the three distinct Stoney Nakoda Nations (“SNN”), the Bearspaw First Nation, the Chiniki First Nation and the Wesley First Nation. Located in Morley, Alberta and acting under the direction of the Stoney Tribal Council, STA oversees the administration of the Three Nations.

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Shauna MacDonald
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