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2016

125 Years
EPCOR celebrates 125 years of providing water and wastewater services to about 1.9 million people across three Canadian provinces and 3 U.S. states.

EPCOR Water USA enters Texas market
EPCOR Water USA Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities Inc., acquires the 130 Pipeline Project, a 53-mile wholesale water supply pipeline that delivers groundwater from Burleson County to eastern Travis County in the northeastern Austin, Texas metropolitan area.

​2015

Construction begins on Luke 303 Regional Water Reclamation Facility
EPCOR Water USA, Maricopa County and the City of Glendale mark the start of construction on a 40-acre facility that will fuel new growth and development along the Loop 303 transportation corridor in Maricopa County.

EPCOR and Maricopa Water Districtsign historic water agreement
EPCOR signs an innovative agreement that provides enough water to supply 41,000 homes and businesses each year.

EPCOR expands to Saskatchewan
The City of Regina selects EPCOR to design, build, finance and operate its new wastewater treatment plant. The new facility is designed to meet new environmental regulations and the city's growing needs.

​2014Partnership protects people and aquatic environment at Kananaskis
EPCOR completes construction of a new water treatment plant and wastewater treatment facility in Kananaskis. In partnership with the Alberta government, the EPCOR-operated treatment systems now help protect the aquatic environment and allow for enhanced fire protection in the region.
2013 Heartland Transmission Line is Launched
The Heartland Transmission Project is energized in Alberta. The project partners, EPCOR and AltaLink, built a 66-km double circuit 500 kV line linking power generation west of Edmonton to the Heartland region located to the northe
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2012 Major Water Acquisitions in Arizona and New Mexico
EPCOR Water (USA) acquires American Water Works Company's Arizona and New Mexico water businesses to become the largest private regulated water provider in the two states. The transaction included operations in 11 water utility districts, many of them in the Phoenix area.
2011 Entry into U.S. Water Market
On June 1, EPCOR Water (USA) enters the U.S. market with the acquisition of Chaparral City Water Company of Fountain Hills, Arizona.
2009

EPCOR Purchases Suncor Potable Water & Wastewater Facilities
EPCOR purchases Suncor's potable water and wastewater facilities for $100 million on a 20-year leaseback agreement.

Capital Power Corporation Established
On July 9, EPCOR Utilities Inc. spins off its power generation business to create Capital Power Corporation (TSX:CPX).

Transfer of Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant
The City of Edmonton transfers ownership of the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant to EPCOR Water Services.

2008 E.L. Smith Upgrade Completed
The three-year upgrade to the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant is completed. It helps ensure a secure, long-term supply of drinking water for the Edmonton region.
2006

Britannia Mine Water Treatment Plant begins operation
The clean-up begins at Howe Sound, one of North America's largest sources of heavy metal pollution—the project being a result of an award-winning partnership between EPCOR and the B.C. Government.

District of Sooke
EPCOR completes and begins operating a new wastewater and collection treatment system for the District of Sooke on Vancouver Island

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2005 White Rock water utility

EPCOR acquires privately owned White Rock water utility in British Columbia's Lower Mainland.

2003

100 Years
EPCOR Water celebrates 100 years.

Rossdale Water Treatment Plant
UV disinfection is added at Rossdale Water Treatment Plant.

2002

E.L. Smith

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2000 Water softening process
The water softening process is stopped in 2000 as part of a plan to meet enhanced water quality regulations.
1999 Aqualta renamed EPCOR.
1996 EPCOR Utilities Inc. formed.
The formation of EPCOR Utilities Inc. marks the first merger of natural gas, power and water utilities in Canada. A universal brand name, EPCOR, is introduced in 2001.
1991 Edmonton Power celebrates 100 years.
1976 E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant opens.
1970

Edmonton Power formed
The Electrical Distribution and Power Plant departments combine to form Edmonton Power.

Construction of E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant begins
Calder water tower is dismantled after 23 years in service.

1967 Rossdale #3 Water Treatment Plant is commissioned.
Fluoridation begins in Edmonton.
1956 Rossdale #2 Water Treatment Plant is commissioned 
1955 Rossdale switches from coal to gas
Under pressure to reduce costs and air emissions, the City of Edmonton switches from coal-fired boilers to gas. All the boilers at the Rossdale Plant burn natural gas by the end of 1955.
1947

Rossdale #1 Water Treatment Plant is commissioned.

Electricity goes underground
Lines are removed from above the streets and underground lines are installed in downtown Edmonton, forming the Network Distribution System—a more reliable method of power distribution.

1933 Edmonton's first traffic light installed at Jasper Avenue and 101 Street
1913 High lift, low lift pumphouse built
Two water intakes with 900m pipes are constructed.
1903

First water treatment plant built at Rossdale
Edmonton Water and Light Company constructs the first water treatment plant at Rossdale. It includes one pumphouse complete with one low lift and one high lift pump and one sedimentation basin.

A new plant is built at Rossdale Flats
Due to flood damage, a new and superior power plant is built on higher ground. Electricity is generated by burning coal.

First piped distribution system is constructed
The system serves 4,176 customers with 10.5 km of cast iron watermains, 50 fire hydrants and a 330,000-litre elevated storage tank.

1902 Edmonton Electric Lighting and Power Company made public
Edmonton Electrical Lighting and Power Company enters a new phase as the first municipally owned electric utility in Canada.
1891

Edmonton Electric Lighting and Power Company founded
On October 23, 1891, a group of entrepreneurs obtain a 10-year permit to build the Edmonton Electric Lighting and Power Company on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Power poles are installed along Jasper Avenue from 96 Street to 103 Street.

On December 22, 1891, electric lights come on in Edmonton.

 

Parts of this timeline were adapted from Candles to Kilowatts, with permission from The Edmonton Power Historical Foundation.