ORWC Guelph Demonstration Site

The ORWC Demonstration Site at the University of Guelph Arkell Research Station was constructed in 1999. Since then, the ORWC has had over 1000 visitors to the site and has held over 80 workshops at the facility. Workshops are held in the farmhouse on the property, with frequent visits out to the demonstration building located just a short walk away. The demonstration facility is a fabric building displaying many of the alternative technologies currently available on today's market.
photo of arkell farmhouse
guelph demonstration building

The demonstration facility at Arkell also has mock-ups of a filter bed, a conventional leaching bed and various distribution mechanisms. The facility is equipped with a large underground clean water storage tank which is hooked up to most of our display units, allowing our instructors to demonstrate how each of the units work with water.

The ORWC thanks all the generous suppliers and distributers who have donated a display model. Without your help the centre would not be possible. The facility at Arkell currently has the following units on display:

  • Norweco Treatment Unit
  • FAST treatment unit in concrete tank
  • Nayadic Treatment Unit
  • Whitewater Treatment Unit
  • Clearstream Treatment Unit
  • Wedco Plastic Septic Tank and Pump Chamber
  • Fralo Plastic Septic Tank
  • Wilkinson 4,500 L Concrete Septic Tank
  • Waterloo Biofilter Treatment Unit
  • Ecoflo Biofilter
  • Orenco Sand Filter and Recirculation Tank
  • Infiltrator Chambers
  • EZFlow trench
  • BioNest Treatment Unit
  • Puraflo Peat Filter
  • WSB Clean Treatment Unit
  • 1:3 Scale Model 4300 L Septic Tank


WSB treatment unit
Our new WSB Clean treatment unit now on display.

Technicians perform dye test on model septic tank
Cody and Andrew perform a dye demonstration with the new model septic tank.