As we move into the 10th year of Champion status, EPCOR will continue to improve environment performance through various programs and initiatives in 2019, and into the future. We will strive to pursue and make progress on each of our Stewardship Agreements. Going forward, EPCOR 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 require regular auditing, review and continuous improvement.
- Complete and report on implementation of a network of water quality and flow monitoring stations in the North Saskatchewan River watershed. 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.
- Continue to seek final approval from the City of Edmonton to move forward with construction of a solar panel installation at the E. L. Smith Water Treatment plant to meet our commitment to the City that at least 10% of the water system energy is provided by green energy.
- Work with our stakeholders to begin a five-year plan of "Troubled Water" emergency exercises based on the Regional Water Quality Emergency Framework that has been developed.
- Move forward with the enhanced lead mitigation program that was approved in 2019. This will involve design and construction of facilities to add orthophosphate to the drinking water at both water treatment plants, elimination of partial lead service replacement and full roll out of the accelerated replacement of high priority lead service line replacements.
- Complete the Sustainable Return on Investment (SROI) study on the construction of facilities for treating and diverting to landfill the solids residuals that are discharged to the river from the water treatment plants, and develop a residual management strategy.
- Complete the phase of the research program lead by the University of Regina to understand the impacts of climate change on the water quantity in the North Saskatchewan River.
- Moving forward the EPCOR Watershed Strategic plan will be replaced the EPCOR Integrated Watershed Management Strategy which will encompass source water protection, storm-water, water treatment plant residuals, and waste water in an integrated plan.