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As we move into the 9th year of Champion status, we'll continue to improve environmental performance through various programs and initiatives in 2019 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 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.
  • Further engage stakeholders, in particular the Enoch Creek Nation, as we seek to construct a solar farm at the E. L. Smith Water Treatment Plant. Should we receive approval from the City of Edmonton, the solar farm will enable us to meet our commitment to the City that at least 10 per cent of the water system energy is provided by green energy.
  • Complete the "Troubled Water" emergency exercise planning initiative and develop a five-year plan for water emergency exercises.
  • Complete the development of a 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.
  • Seek approval for an enhanced Lead Mitigation Strategy to reduce the risk of lead at the tap in all homes in Edmonton and the Capital Region that are supplied by EPCOR water. This Strategy will include the addition of a lead inhibitor (orthophosphate) to the drinking water and funding to accelerate the removal of the privately-owned section of the lead service lines.  

  • Complete the next phase of a research program lead by the University of Regina to understand the impacts of climate change on project water availability in the North Saskatchewan River.
  • Carry out a Sustainable Return on Investment (SROI) study to help determine the best way to manage the discharge of water treatment plant solids residuals to the River. The SROI approach uses Triple Bottom Line criteria to determine the optimal solution from a set of alternatives based on a balance of financial, environmental and social factors.

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