​Each year, we undertake a large number of planned water system upgrades throughout Edmonton. Each project is a part of an ongoing infrastructure program designed to enhance system reliability, coordinate the City's construction activity and/or extend the life of existing water mains. Here's a list of our current programs.

Current programs

Accelerated Water Main Renewals

​About the program

Accelerated water main renewals involve replacing water infrastructure in areas scheduled for upcoming road rehabilitation by the City of Edmonton. All water mains with a minimum of one break in the past five years are reviewed for replacement in advance of City paving.

Timelines

This work is completed in our April to October construction season. The projects under this program can vary in size, typically taking between 6 to 8 weeks to complete.

What happens during construction

Take a look at our interactive infographic to learn more about what happens during construction.

Reactive Water Main Renewals

About the program

Reactive water main renewals help ensure reliable water service for our customers by replacing the most weakened sections of distribution water mains in the system. Water mains that have experienced a high number or frequency of breaks are replaced.  

Timelines

This work is completed in our April to October construction season. The projects under this program can vary in size, typically taking between 6 to 8 weeks to complete.

What happens during construction

Take a look at our interactive infographic to learn more about what happens during construction.

Proactive Water Main Renewals

​​About the program

Proactive water main renewals help improve water quality, service reliability, accessibility and fire protection by replacing sections of distribution water mains, installing new water mains or appurtenances, or performing other upgrades to the water system. We address issues related to water mains that are no longer accessible, come to dead ends, are experiencing low flow or require upgrades to meet increased demand and updated fire protection standards.

Timelines

This work is completed in our April to October construction season. The projects under this program can vary in size, typically taking between 2 to 8 weeks to complete.

What happens during construction

Take a look at our interactive infographic to learn more about what happens during construction.

LRT Water Main Modifications

About the program

To accommodate the City of Edmonton's LRT construction, we relocate water infrastructure that is in close vicinity to planned LRT track extensions, including water transmission and distribution mains, fire hydrants and water service lines.

Timelines

This work is completed in our April to October construction season. The projects under this program can vary in size, typically taking between 2 to 8 weeks to complete.

What happens during construction

Take a look at our interactive infographic to learn more about what happens during construction.

Distribution System Modifications

About the program

To accommodate the City of Edmonton's construction of new sidewalks, curb alignments and new sewer mains, we relocate water infrastructure such as water mains and hydrants. For example, a water main may need to be moved either above or below a sewer main that is being constructed.

Timelines

This work takes place throughout the year. The projects under this program can vary in size, typically taking between 2 to 8 weeks to complete.

What happens during construction

Take a look at our interactive infographic to learn more about what happens during construction.

New Water Distribution Mains

About the program

We work with third-party developers who require small upgrades to the water system to support infill development. This work is funded by the third party and includes things such as the installation of new fire hydrants to meet building codes, hydrant relocations for new driveways or water main upgrades to improve fire protection in increasingly populated areas.  

Timelines

This work takes place throughout the year. The projects under this program can vary in size, typically taking between 2 to 8 weeks to complete.

What happens during construction

Take a look at our interactive infographic to learn more about what happens during construction.

Upgrading Distribution Appurtenances

About the program

We complete small distribution system upgrades, such as hydrant relocations or valve additions, to help ensure reliable water service for our customers and improve our ability to operate and maintain the system.

Timelines

This work takes place throughout the year. The projects under this program can vary in size, typically taking between 2 to 4 weeks to complete.

What happens during construction

Take a look at our interactive infographic to learn more about what happens during construction.

Transmission Main Network Valve Chamber Refurbishments

About the program

To help ensure the reliability of the water transmission system, we replace or refurbish components that are reaching the ends of their life cycles, including valves, air vents and chambers. 

Timelines

This work is completed in our April to October construction season. The projects under this program can vary in size, typically taking between 2 to 4 weeks to complete.

What happens during construction

Take a look at our interactive infographic to learn more about what happens during construction.

Blow-Off Replacement

About the program

To help protect drinking water quality, we remove or retrofit connections between water transmission main drain lines and drainage manholes. This work prevents cross connections, piping arrangements that allow a potable water system to be connected to a source of potential pollution or contamination.

Timelines

This work is completed in our April to October construction season. The projects under this program can vary in size, typically taking between 2 to 4 weeks to complete.

What happens during construction

Take a look at our interactive infographic to learn more about what happens during construction.

Transmission Main Rehabilitation or Replacement

​About the program

Transmission main rehabilitation and replacement helps ensure the reliability of our water system and reduce the risks of transmission main breaks. Transmission water mains that have a high number or frequency of breaks, or have high potential to cause environmental or property damage should they break, are rehabilitated or replaced.

Timelines

This work is completed in our April to October construction season. The projects under this program can vary in size, typically taking between 6 to 10 weeks to complete.

What happens during construction

Take a look at our interactive infographic to learn more about what happens during construction.


Stages of construction

Ever wonder what happens when we dig up the road to work on water mains and other pieces of water infrastructure? Here's what happens at each step of the way.

Hover over the blue and white circles to find out more about each stage in construction.

What to expect during construction

Our contractor will excavate the ground to start the work. After it's complete, the City will work to restore the affected streets, alleys and sidewalks. In some cases, the finished alley pavement width will be increased slightly to conform to current City standards or pavement elevations may be changed to improve overall drainage. Some restorative landscaping may be done on the City's property between the pavement/sidewalk and your property line. 

Safety

Construction sites can be dangerous places. Please do not let anyone, especially children, enter the work area. Equipment and materials will also be stored near the construction site. Barricades are set up for your protection and for the protection of our workers. It is illegal to move these barricades at any time.

Road closures

Access to your property and your alley may be limited during the construction period. Road closures will be clearly marked with signage and barricades to keep our workers and the public safe. There may be parking restrictions during construction.

Garbage collection

If construction takes place in the alley where your garbage is normally collected, garbage pickup will be temporarily moved to the front street. The garbage collection schedule will remain the same. Pick up on the street will continue until the alley is paved and barricades are removed.

Water outages

You may experience a water outage during any of the construction projects listed on our 2016 construction map. Here's how to prepare for planned and unplanned water outages

Temporary water lines

If we need to shut off your water during construction and we hook you up to a temporary water line, there will be no consumption charge for water provided through the temporary line. You will only pay the monthly basic charge for water supply.

Customer Notices

Customers directly adjacent to the construction or whose water service will be impacted will receive hand-delivered notices with more information, including contact information.