Refinery recognized for water conservation


The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) has presented the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Sask. with its National Water Wise Award for the refinery’s Wastewater Improvement Project.

“The co-op’s foresight, scope of work and cutting-edge practices surrounding its Wastewater Improvement Project make it more than worthy of this acknowledgement,” remarked CIPH chairman Joe Senese (Deschenes Group). “This award is a modest gesture for a significant contribution to the City of Regina, as well as all of Western Canada.”

The refinery initiated the $200-million project following a refinery expansion in 2012. It will:

  • Decrease reliance on raw water from the City of Regina aquifer by the equivalent of 3,100 households in Regina on an annual basis
  • Recycle 100 per cent of its wastewater on-site, the equivalent to two million gallons every day
  • Significantly decrease volatile organic compound emissions from its wastewater ponds and reduce the associated nuisance odours
  • Use a system of high efficiency reverse osmosis (HERO Mode) to clean refinery wastewater

With the project fully operational, the Co-op Refinery Complex will be the only North American refinery recycling all wastewater for steam production.

“The Wastewater Improvement Project demonstrates our commitment to being an industry leader in sustainability, which is a major part of our vision for the future of the refinery,” reported Gil Le Dressay, vice-president of refinery operations. “Needless to say, we’re very proud of this project.”


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