It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Dr. Hans Peterson at the age of 68.

Dr Peterson was a respected colleague, leader, and passionate advocate for safe drinking water across Canada. Dr. Peterson is well known for pioneering the invention of the Integrated Biological Reverse Osmosis Membrane (IBROM) water treatment process at the Yellow Quill First Nation. This unique and innovative process has been implemented in over 21 communities today, providing clean, safe water to many people – some who had not been able to drink from their taps in decades. His dedication, experience, and the relationships he built in these communities are irreplaceable and he will be greatly missed.

Following his retirement, Dr. Peterson also helped found the Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF), and continued to work tirelessly to provide safe drinking water to rural and First Nations communities. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF). Please visit to make a donation online or mail a cheque payable to Safe Drinking Water Foundation to #1-912 Idylwyld Drive North, Saskatoon, SK S7L 0Z6.

Dr. Peterson’s colleagues at the SDWF remember him fondly in a CBC article on October 31, 2018. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, colleagues, and all those whose lives were improved by his work.