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ICS Group Announces Exciting New Partnership with H2O Innovation



Offering innovative solutions to wastewater problems requires a company to listen to customers, be on top of industry regulations, and seek out the best technology to solve evolving wastewater issues. In 2024, ICS Group announced its new strategic partnership with H2O Innovation. This partnership marks an exciting collaboration between two industry leaders in their respective fields, with the aim of revolutionizing the water treatment and management industry. ICS Group is the H2O Innovation manufacturer's representative throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois.


About H2O Innovation

H2O Innovation is a global leader in customized water treatment solutions, well-positioned to address the increasing demand for innovative and sustainable water management practices. The company's state-of-the-art technologies and extensive experience have positioned them as an industry frontrunner.



H2O Innovation's headquarters is in Quebec City, Canada and employs more than 1,100 employees. With more than 800 facilities installed in the United States and Canada, 90% of the projects are manufactured in Champlin, Minnesota. In addition to the headquarter and plant locations, our engineering staff are positioned at offices in Burlington, Ontario (Canada), Calgary, Alberta (Canada), and Bilbao. Along with manufacturing the technology, H2O Innovation provides operations and maintenance service to water and wastewater facilities. The Operations & Maintenance team have regional offices in Gulfport, MS (USA), Houston, TX (USA), and Las Vegas, NV (USA).


H2O Innovation integrates high quality products into systems to meet stringent effluent quality and performance criteria. A key differentiator is their open-source model, which allows clients to use multiple membrane products during the life of their water and wastewater treatment systems for maximum flexibility and cost efficiency. Areas of expertise include:



    • NF/RO applications are used to remove unwanted salts and contaminants from a feed water stream. It is commonly used in drinking water, water reuse and desalination applications.

    • Systems are designed to achieve removal of TDS, TOC, alkalinity, sodium, chloride, phosphate, iron, manganese, arsenic, boron and other salts or contaminants based on membrane projections which simulate the rejection of these contaminants by the NF/RO membrane.




    • Ultrafiltration (UF) and microfiltration (MF) membrane systems are used in drinking water, water reuse and pre-treatment applications for removal of turbidity, total suspended solids (TSS), particulates, viruses, bacteria and other contaminants typically found in surface water, seawater, wastewater and other sources.

    • H2O Innovation provides complete UF/MF systems from small pilot units to large, multi-train facilities. Our open-source model allows the system to be custom-designed around several different products and membrane materials to meet the clients’ requirements and preferences.

    • H2O Innovation was a pioneer in development of the open platform, or universal, UF/MF system, with the first full scale universal rack in operation in North America at Clifton Water District in Colorado. This concept is the basis of the FiberFlex™ design and allows the use of several different products within the same system, to maximize the benefit of a growing UF/MF market. Systems can be designed to fit two, three or more pressurized UF/MF modules, giving the customer more options to select membranes based on competitive pricing, warranty, preference, materials of construction and other important factors.




    • The first open-source membrane bioreactor design that can operate MBR modules from different suppliers. This pioneering technology provides flexibility to switch from one membrane to another without having to redesign the entire plant. H2O Innovation's unique approach allows the end-user to choose the bet membrane from 5 of the leading membrane manufacturers.

      • To date, H2O Innovation has built MBR facilities with hollow-fiber, flat-sheet polymeric and flat-sheet ceramic membranes.

    • Small footprint, with high effluent quality and sludge thickening capabilities.

    • Ideal for handling high or variable organic loading to a plant, such as in industrial wastewater treatment applications. These systems can be delivered as a site build, packaged plant or containerized plant.

    • Packaged plants may include everything from fine screening and equalization to disinfection and sludge handling and are built in steel tanks, shipped to site fully assembled. Containerized systems are fully enclosed and can protect equipment from harsh conditions or simply provide an aesthetically pleasing exterior.




    • Incorporates all the components of a complete Water Treatment Plant on site arrival.

    • Fully factory tested, units are quickly deployable for emergency treatment, temporary capacity increase and scheduled equipment maintenance.

    • Dimensions: 53ft L x 8.5ft W x 9.5ft H

    • Minimum Inlet pressure requirement of 15 psi (100 kPa)

    • Compact Logix Allen Bradley PLC

    • 24” HMI with remote access to all HMI functions

    • Two (2) trains with nominal net capacity of 1.25 MGD (4.75 MLD) per train

    • Toray HFU2020AN or HFUG2020AN membranes with 90-97% recovery range



An Alliance for Advancement

The partnership between ICS Group and H2O Innovation is a strategic move aimed at combining their respective strengths and delivering innovative municipal and industrial water treatment solutions that are both efficient and environmentally conscious.


This collaboration will bring together ICS Group's expertise in process wastewater solutions with H2O Innovation's cutting-edge water treatment technologies. By integrating the companies’ capabilities, the partnership aims to create a synergy that will push the boundaries of what is possible in the water and wastewater treatment management industry.


Key Objectives of the Partnership

Some of the key objectives of the ICS Group and H2O Innovation partnership include:


  • Developing Innovative Solutions: ICS Group and H2O Innovation will work closely to introduce groundbreaking solutions that address the evolving needs of the wastewater and water treatment industry. Through our combined expertise, H2O Innovation aims to develop technologies that optimize processes and conserve resources, while ICS Group aims to educate engineers and facilities on the capabilities of the innovative equipment.


  • Enhancing Efficiency: By integrating ICS Group's automation technology with H2O Innovation's water treatment solutions, the partnership seeks to enhance operational efficiency and reduce costs for municipal and industrial clients.


  • Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship: ICS Group and H2O Innovation share a commitment to sustainability. Each company is dedicated to promoting environmentally conscious solutions that promote responsible water management and conserve natural resources.


Benefits for Our Clients

The partnership between ICS Group and H2O Innovation brings several benefits for clients:


  1. Access to cutting-edge technologies and solutions that optimize wastewater and water treatment processes.

  2. Enhanced efficiency and reduced operational costs through the integration of automation and control systems.

  3. Autonomy which allows the operator to select the best and most cost-effective membrane for their MBR.

  4. Improved environmental stewardship through the development of sustainable solutions.

  5. Expert guidance and support from two industry leaders with a proven track record.

  6. Preparing your treatment facility for the future with innovative equipment.

This exciting partnership between ICS Group and H2O Innovation sets the stage for the future of water treatment and management. By combining our strengths and expertise, we aim to drive innovation, sustainability, and efficiency in an industry that plays a vital role in our day-to-day lives.


Stay tuned for more updates as ICS Group and H2O Innovation embark on this transformative journey together.

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