Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Singh Greenhouses

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Singh Greenhouses

Parmajit Singh, MPP Arthur Potts and Hardeep Singh

Growing cucumbers hydroponically requires water. Unfortunately for Dr. Ghulam Mustafa, the groundwater north of Hamilton is ill suited for hydroponic systems. To make the water fit for his 12-acre greenhouse operation, Mustafa had to run it through a reverse osmosis system. The inefficient process generated nearly 160,000 litres of unusable, briny wastewater each day. Deciding there had to be a better way, Mustafa developed a process to filter that wastewater and recapture useable water. As a result, he has cut his water-taking in half. Less water means less energy needed for pumping. Moreover, he can now recycle the greenhouse's nutrient-rich leachate, cutting his fertilizer use. Together, these improvements have created less waste, more profits and water savings that will allow Singh Greenhouses to continue to grow.

Creation Date: November 26, 2014
Last Reviewed: November 26, 2014