Dynamic Monitors testing internet-connected device that would monitor septic system for malfunction
By Shane Ross, CBC News Posted: Apr 29, 2016 3:32 PM ATLast Updated: Apr 29, 2016 8:08 PM AT
A Stratford, P.E.I., company is getting a new infusion of government funding to help it develop a product that could make sewage treatment systems more safe and effective.
Dynamic Monitors, a business unit of Engineering Technologies Canada Ltd., is working on a new internet-connected device that keeps watch to determine if a septic system may be at risk of malfunctioning or overflowing. The early warning alert system is similar to the low oil pressure warning on a car dashboard, but it’s sent directly to any internet-connected device.
The product, called the Septic Sitter, is going through a final field testing phase in about a dozen septic systems in the province.
In 2015, the company received a $100,000 grant from the province for research and development.
Now, the company will receive a new “repayable contribution of $291,691” from ACOA plus up to $16,000 from the province for marketing expenses.
“Developing a new product is costly, especially when it involves leading edge hardware and software,” said Kelly Galloway, president of Dynamic Monitors. “My employees and I sincerely appreciate the financial assistance.”