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As we move into the 8th year of Champion status, we'll continue to improve environmental performance through various programs and initiatives in 2018 and beyond. We will strive to pursue and make progress on each of our Stewardship Agreements. Going forward, we will:

  • Continue to maintain registration to ISO14001:2015 at our Water Treatment Plants and in our Distribution and Transmission operations. The ISO systems are based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act principle and required regular auditing, review and continuous improvement. This includes the annual update of the 2018 Drinking Water Safety Plan and implementation of the action plan.
  • In 2018, we will complete development and implementation of a network of water quality and flow monitoring stations on key tributaries of the North Saskatchewan River. This network is being developed in conjunction with Alberta Environment and Parks, the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance and the City of Edmonton as part of a comprehensive water quality monitoring initiative in the basin.
  • Secure approval and begin construction of a solar panel installation at the E. L. Smith Water Treatment Plant to meet our commitment to have up to 10% of the water system energy provided by green energy. 
  • Continue to work with regulatory authorities and utility partners on the "Troubled Water" emergency exercise plan. A key part of this will be completion of a plan for an emergency water supply. 
  • Complete the development of the EPCOR Water Canada Climate Change Adaption Strategy that will include management plans for various low-flow (drought) and high flow (flood) conditions in the North Saskatchewan River basin as well as challenging water quality conditions.   
  • Continue specific climate change adaption planning activities such as a next phase of a research program with University of Regina to understand the impacts of climate change on project water availability in the North Saskatchewan River.
  • Complete the development of a long-term plan for the water treatment plants that will address anticipated growth in demand, changes in source water quality, evolving regulatory requirements and climate change driven fluctuations well into the future.
  • Begin design for a capital project to convert to deep bed filtration at the E. L. Smith Water Treatment Plant. As well as increasing the treatment capacity of the plant, this initiative will also facilitate and, potentially, extend direct filtration operation and thereby result in further reduction of solids residuals discharged to the river.
  • Continue to examine the environmental impact of solids residuals discharged to the river through a program of in-stream water quality sampling and testing including examination on the impacts on the benthic organism community.
  • Share with industry, through peer-review publication, the results of the completed research project with the University of Alberta on removal of Cryptosporidium oocysts from the filters in the water treatment plant during direct filtration operation.
  • Continue to participate in Alberta Environment and Parks' Water Management Framework Advisory Committee, the Alberta Water Council, the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, the Alberta Drinking-water Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee and other government led or Water for Life related initiatives.