P.E.I. company gets government money for septic systems product

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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

The Septic Sitter is designed to monitor septic systems so it can alert property owners before a malfunction occurs.

The Septic Sitter is designed to monitor septic systems so it can alert property owners before a malfunction occurs. (Dynamic Monitors)

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.”

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