Tantalus Labs announces today that it has received the first Water License issued to a cannabis company in British Columbia. Furnished under the Water Sustainability Act (WSA), the license showcases Tantalus Labs' commitment to effective groundwater resource management and sustainably produced cannabis.
Tantalus Labs utilizes specialized sungrown cultivation technology, natural odour filtration, and an innovative rainwater collection and filtration system. The team is working to establish its facility, SunLab, as an industry leader in reducing the environmental impact of cannabis production.
SunLab was developed to provide plants with the purest natural inputs of water, nutrients, air, and sunlight, at the lowest environmental impact.
The facility replaces traditional indoor cannabis cultivation with purpose-built greenhouses, reducing electricity needs by up to 90%. The odour filtration system utilizes a bio-active medium, allowing airflow to be naturally filtered and exhausted odour-free. Irrigation water is primarily captured from rainwater, allowing for an unprecedented level of water use efficiency.
SunLab takes advantage of British Columbia's abundant precipitation. The facility's roofing doubles as a rainwater catchment surface, collecting millions of liters of water annually. The rainwater is stored and passed through three stages of filtration for irrigation use through the year. As well, irrigation runoff itself is recaptured and recycled within the facility.
SunLab is located on the Agricultural Land Reserve of BC, without access to municipal water lines. As a redundancy to its innovative rainwater recapture system, SunLab maintains access to an artesian well as a possible supplement for its domestic and irrigation water.
The granting of this water license is a step forward in the interest of conservancy and transparency
This sealed well has now been licensed under the Province of British Columbia's new Water Sustainability Act. In an independent Hydrological Engineering Report, David Kneale P.Eng. of Active Earth Engineering states: "We anticipate no impacts on surrounding wells or the aquifer itself." Dan Sutton, Managing Director of Tantalus Labs notes: "We're excited to be the first cannabis company licensed under the new Water Sustainability Act. This license validates our material investment in sustainable innovation."
As citizens of British Columbia, we are proud that the Province has initiated the new Water Sustainability Act to protect responsible and sustainable use of this vital resource. Tantalus Labs is proud to have certified the full compliance of our own diligent practices. The health of British Columbia's water resources is aligned with the health of British Columbians, and the natural environment. The granting of this water license is a step forward in the interest of conservancy and transparency, protecting our province's most important resource, water.