Livestock Water Recycling, Inc. (LWR) is a Calgary based environmental company focused on livestock manure management. LWR’s patent-pending treatment system receives effluent directly from barns and treats it to recover all the valuable nutrients while recycling all the water. LWR’s goal is to aid farmers in effectively managing their manure so that they are able to focus on their core competencies of milk and animal production. Creating sustainable operations will improve the long-term growth of the agricultural industry. We encourage you to browse through our site to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the LWR Manure Treatment Solution and how it can benefit your current operations.
Livestock Water Recycling, Inc. (LWR) is a privately owned Canadian company. Our Head Office and Innovation Centre is based in Calgary, Alberta. Our story is a combination of Canadian innovation, entrepreneurialism, and a passion for the environment. For over 15 years we ran a successful business as a designer and manufacturer of systems for the treatment of hydrocarbon contaminated groundwater. This business was exciting and allowed us to develop a reliable and tested technology. We worked from the Arctic Circle to Hawaii, from the JFK airport to Brazil. It sparked our passion for global water treatment and fueled our desire to innovate.
We wanted to continue cleaning the world’s water - in 2003 we discovered the dairy and hog livestock industry. This huge market was dramatically underserviced in the area of water treatment technology, according to the UN Water Development Report, agriculture accounts for 70% of global freshwater withdrawals.
We felt that with our previous experience in contaminated water treatment, we could have a BIG impact on the world. Why? Everyone needs food, everyone needs water, and everyone wants a clean environment to live in.
Manure is traditionally stored in massive lagoons the size of football fields fifteen feet deep. Runoff from storage and spreading activities has the potential to contaminate surrounding land, rivers, and lakes. We discovered an environmentally sustainable alternative to this practice.
The type of water treatment system we envisioned allows a farm to create a full circle - treating manure to recycle all the nutrients and clean water back to their crops. We want to give back to the earth what we are taking from it.
Farmers are the original environmentalists! Manure is a natural organic fertilizer and is excellent for the environment. Farmers work hard 365 days a year to feed the world. We want to support them in the important role that they have and make their lives a little easier. By 2050 we need to increase world food production by 70% in order to meet the needs of 9 billion people as mentioned by Dairy Herd Network. Innovation will lead us to develop technologies to meet these needs using fewer resources.
The treatment of manure entrained waste water was a lot harder than we thought it was going to be, but we persevered and by 2007 we had a prototype. In 2008, we ran our system at a Manitoba hog facility and the system is still in operation today! By 2010 we had commercialized systems. We now have systems installed and operating throughout Canada and the US.
We set out to invent something unique with wide spread environmental potential - which we have done. Our team of creative, educated, and dedicated individuals is working hard to continue to shape the way manure is handled in order to protect the environment while reusing resources wherever possible. Please join us on this venture – we’ll be there to support you every step of the way! Install a system at your site and see the positive impact it will have at your operation. (Not to mention the money it will save you!)
We see the value in manure, the nutrients that can be reused from it and the benefits it can produce when managed correctly – let us focus on the manure management while you focus on your core operations and the animals you support!Mission
To provide livestock operators with cost-effective and environmentally friendly manure management systems which produce clean potable water and valuable nutrients for re-use in order to sustain and improve livestock operations.
To be the global industry leader in sustainable manure management.
Where have LWR System's been installed?
LWR systems have been installed at dairy and hog operations across Canada and the US. The first US system was installed at a dairy in New York State, and additional units are operating in both Michigan and Wisconsin. We also have a project in Indiana that works in collaboration with an anaerobic digester.
Be sure to sign-up for a site tour so you can see first-hand how the system works!
How do I know the LWR System is a fit for my operation?
If you are unsure about whether or not an LWR System is the right fit for your operation, send us a manure sample. We will treat your manure to determine the potential treatment costs and savings. An analysis of your manure will then be sent back to you with a system proposal. This will give you a better understanding of how the LWR System can be integrated into your existing operation.
If you are interested in installing a system on your farm, please join us for a site tour of an existing operation so that you are able to see first-hand how the system operates.
Is the LWR Manure Treatment System an effective solution for manure treatment?
In 2011 a study of the LWR Manure Treatment System was conducted by the Olds College Centre for Innovation (OCCI) with the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). This third-party verification provided LWR with a tangible analysis of the system and its outputs. The results proved to be very favorable and reinforced the validity and efficiency of the LWR System.
Some results from the study include:
- LWR is able to 'provide this technology to the livestock industry and assist farmers in creating an environmentally sustainable marketplace.'
- 'The physical and chemical quality of the recycled water is deemed suitable for livestock water reuse as per CCME standards.'
- 'The concentrated solids and [concentrated liquid nutrient] of the recycling process were both compostable. It is inferred that an accepted CCME standard compost product can be achieved when allowed to complete the full composting process.'
Want to know more? We would be happy to provide you with a copy of the report.
How does the LWR Manure Treatment System work?
The LWR Manure Treatment System is a patented mechanical and chemical treatment process for manure. As the manure is processed in the system, nutrients are segregated and concentrated at different stages. The resulting products of the LWR System are fertilizer solids rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, a concentrated liquid fertilizer containing ammonia and potash. Lastly, clean potable water is recycled through the membrane filtration system. The System generates zero discharge, so all parts of the manure are recycled as valuable outputs for reuse on the farm.
How is LWR's System unique from other effluent treatment options?
LWR's technology has been awarded a Canadian patent and is patent-pending in seven other countries around the world. The award of a patent is no small feat and reinforces the innovative technology LWR is able to provide to the livestock industry.
LWR's System is able to completely treat livestock effluent - it recycles all parts of the manure so that they can be reused at the farming operation. There is zero discharge and no additional equipment is needed to ensure proper treatment. Unlike other effluent treatment systems, LWR's system recovers clean water which will not contaminate groundwater sources and also concentrates the nutrients in the effluent to significantly reduce handling and transport costs.
Do I need a building to house the LWR System?
Depending on the location of your site a heated and ventilated building may be required to shelter the system from various weather conditions which could affect optimal running efficiency of the system. This is necessary in areas where the temperature drops below zero, which could cause the pipes to freeze.
The size of the system is 68 ft. by 25 ft. The building must enclose the system and have an area for chemical storage tanks as well as a stable power source.
How much space will the LWR Manure Treatment System take up on the farm?
The LWR System is pre-manufactured on three skids, with each skid being able to be transported on the back of a flat-bed truck. Once interconnection of all three skids is done on site the system will have an area of approximately 2000 square feet which includes the space needed for peripherals (storage tanks).
Does the LWR System require someone for ongoing operation?
The system is fully automated and requires approximately two hours per day of scheduled maintenance, cleaning and operations. This also includes the handling and storage of the dry solids produced from the system. The system was built with a busy farmer in mind, operational training is straight forward and the system is easy to operate.
Once the system is installed and ready for operation, a member of the LWR team will provide comprehensive training. On-site manuals for all aspects of the LWR System are included as well as a trouble shooting guide. In addition support is always available from LWR. Our goal is to maintain maintain a long-term relationship with all of our customers.
How is the concentrated liquid nutrient stored?
The concentrated liquid nutrient, rich in ammonia and potash, can be stored in either a tank or in an existing lagoon. After the manure has been processed with the LWR System, the volume is significantly reduced. This allows for easy storage of the concentrated liquid nutrient fertilizer. This also reduces the volume that needs to be transported and handled.
Is the water recycled from the LWR System potable?
Livestock effluent contains disease-causing pathogens, such as Salmonella, E.Coli, Cryptosporidium and fecal coliform. The ability to remove these pathogens using LWR's technology ensures the safety of our clean water sources from potential contamination.
The water discharged from the LWR System meets Canadian drinking water standards and is suitable to use back in the barns or for irrigation. The membrane filtration system ensures that the output water is safe for reuse and pathogens are removed from the effluent. The clean potable water provides a continuous, stable water source for reuse.
What are the monthly/ yearly operating costs of running the system?
Depending on the amount of manure being treated the LWR System has monthly operating costs of $1,200 - $4,000 for power, chemical, materials handling and maintenance. The operating costs are dependant on each particular site and will vary.
What is the expected lifespan of the LWR System?
The LWR System has an indefinite lifespan. With regular maintenance and care there is no reason the system should ever require replacement. An amortization period of fifteen years can be used for the system. LWR's team is always available to provide ongoing support, both virtually, and on site. Our goal is to ensure that the LWR System operates as efficiently and effectively as possible.