The Annacis Research Centre has state-of-the-art lab facilities that are available for lease by academics, public entities, commercial interests and community groups. Research facilities are ideal for conducting cross-disciplinary research, the application of integrated resource recovery (IRR), and for testing, piloting and demonstrating new technologies and processes.

Located beside the Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, the lab provides a unique opportunity for researchers to access in-plant wastewater streams.


Many projects are a collaboration between Metro Vancouver, the University of British Columbia and other organizations.

Using Anammox bacteria to manage ammonia levels

Wastewater treatment plants are required to control the amount of ammonia that they discharge to water bodies. This project is testing a treatment system that uses Anammox bacteria to remove toxic ammonia from wastewater. Compared to conventional processes, Anammox uses 50% less energy and substantially reduces the need for added chemicals.

Reclaiming water from treated sewage

This pilot project tested three membrane systems to reclaim non-potable water from secondary effluent (sewage that has already been treated). The intention was to use the recovered water in treatment plant operations to reduce the plant’s potable water consumption.

Microwave process

The microwave peroxide process can be used to disintegrate solids in wastewater and release nutrients. This can help treatment plants improve efficiencies in the treatment process and produce more biogas and other materials.

Book The Centre

  • Annacis Research Centre

    Metro Vancouver
    ​Information Centre


    ​604-​432-6200 

     1400 Lindsey Place Delta, BC V3M 6V1

Research Hall equipment

  • Wastewater process streams from the Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, which researchers can connect to a five locations (see chart below)
  • 600V 3-phase power and 208V 3-phase power via an overhead cable tray
  • 120 V receptacles, distributed along interior walls
  • Roll-up door and overhead bridge crane (five tonne) for delivery and positioning of equipment
  • Potable water hose bibs in each quadrant
  • Emergency shower and eyewash station
  • Wireless Internet

Wastewater process streams

CommodityFlow RatePressureConnection Style
Primary Effluent100 L/m470 kPa3" Cam-lock
Secondary Effluent570 L/m570 kPa3" Cam-lock
Centrate50 L/m350 kPa3" Cam-lock
Waste Secondary Sludge50 L/m350 kPa2" Cam-lock

Exterior research area

Multiple pilot plants can operate in the exterior research area with access to:

  • a sewage source
  • a connection to sanitary sewer for discharge of effluent
  • 600V 3-phase power
  • 208V 3-phase power
  • 120V power
  • a compressed air supply

Pilot plants are connected to these services by temporary hoses and cables. Connection points are provided on the outside wall of the building.

Research lab

This lab is more of a field station support facility, but has enough equipment to allow data to be monitored and analyzed on site. The research lab is located beside the Research Hall.


There are six work stations and two private offices adjacent to the research areas.


Researchers have access to a fully equipped kitchen, lounge area and showers.