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EPCOR will continue to work to maintain its EnviroVista Champion status through various programs and initiatives in 2016. We will strive to pursue and make progress on each of our Stewardship agreements. Going forward, EPCOR will:

  • Work to maintain the newly acquired ISO14001 status for the Environmental Management System in the Water treatment Plants and expand the registration to include the Water Distribution and Transmission system by end of 2016. This will meet the Champion commitment to work towards ISO14001 across the Edmonton drinking water system;
  • Implement the action plans for the priority risks identified in the Drinking Water Safety Plan;
  • Begin to develop a Geographical Response Plan with Alberta Environment and Parks to address the risk of spill in the North Saskatchewan River upstream of Edmonton;
  • Continue reactive and accelerated cast-iron main renewal programs in 2016;
  • Continue the Lead Service Line Program lead service line replacements in 2016 with a focus on a neighborhood replacement program;
  • Refocus EPCOR's conservation platform on identifying and addressing inefficient water use in different high use customer classes or groups;
  • Complete a program of research carried out by the Prairie Adaptive Research Council, and co-funded by City of Calgary and Alberta Innovates, to better understand the impacts of climate and climate change on the water supply. Communicate the results of the research to other stakeholders such as Alberta Environment and Parks and the City of Edmonton;
  • Pursue a program of continuous improvement to reduce the amount of water treatment solids released to the North Saskatchewan River. This will include phase two of a study of raw water pH adjustment and pursuit of approval for a capital project to convert to deep bed filtration at the E. L. Smith water treatment plant. Both these initiatives will facilitate and potentially extend direct filtration operation;
  • Continue to examine the environmental impact of solid residuals discharged to the river through a program of in-stream water quality sampling and testing;
  • Continue to partner with University of Alberta on a research program to better understand and control low levels of breakthrough of Cryptosporidium oocysts during direct filtration;
  • Ensure the Water Treatment Plants meet the goal of full dechlorination of 100 per cent of all water released to the river in 2016 with no contraventions of the approval requirements;
  • Complete a drain audit at the water treatment plants and reservoirs to identify any cross connections that might result in environmental releases to the river or creeks;
  • Continue to participate in Alberta Environment and Park's 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;
  • Explore green energy options for the Edmonton water system; and
  • Propose a comprehensive and multiyear water quality monitoring program for the North Saskatchewan river that will help ensure a reliable source water supply for the long term.