Whitecap Dakota First Nation SIBROM

Project details

  • Installation: 2010
  • Location:: Saskatchewan
  • System: Biological/Reverse Osmosis (SIBROM)
  • Permeate Flow Rate: 354 m3/day or 3.9 L/s


Whitecap Dakota First Nation (WDFN) is a community located south of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. WDFN has a community health centre, education centre, an RCMP detachment, and a fire department. WDFN is also home to major recreational attractions including the Dakota Dunes Golf Links, the Dakota Dunes Casino, and the Whitecap Sports Grounds and Ball Diamonds.

The community’s raw water was unpleasant to drink, and some of the contaminants in the water were known to cause health problems. To address the brackish, saline ground water found in this area, Sapphire Water implemented the SIBROM water treatment system. Water is pumped from wells into the bioreactors and then through a Reverse Osmosis system to ensure the community has a reliable source of clean, safe, potable water.

Sapphire Water is currently upgrading and expanding the SIBROM built in 2010 for the community, and in 2012 provided another SIBROM system for the casino.


Parameter of Interest Raw Water Permeate Guidelines
Iron (mg/l) 4.79 0.014 <0.3
Manganese (mg/l) 0.14 0.0012 <0.05
Arsenic (ug/l) 23 <0.1 <10
Ammonia (mg/l) 0.32 0.07 No Guideline