As we move into the 6th year of Champion status, we'll continue to improve environmental performance through various programs and initiatives in 2017 and beyond. We will strive to pursue and make progress on each of our Stewardship agreements. Going forward, we will:
- Ensure that the Water Treatment Plant and Reservoirs
Environmental Management System will be updated to the new 2015 version the ISO14001 standard so that by year-end the entire Edmonton Drinking Water System EMS will be fully registered to latest ISO14001 standard.
- Develop and implement by 2018 a comprehensive multi-year
water quality monitoring program on the North Saskatchewan River. This program will be developed in conjunction with Alberta Environment and Parks, the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance and the City of Edmonton.
- Complete an assessment of Green Energy alternatives, including solar panels to produce electricity, that that will see up to 10% of the water system energy provided by green energy.
- Update the program of research to understand the impacts climate change on the water supply and develop a
Climate Change Adaption Strategy that will include management plans for various multi-year drought scenarios and flood conditions in the North Saskatchewan river basin.
- Implement action plans for the priority risks identified in the 2017
Drinking Water Safety Plan.
- Explore improvements to the lead pipe program including an incentive program or other alternatives for customers and better alternatives to the current point-of-use water filters.
- Begin design for a capital project to convert to deep bed filtration at the E. L. Smith water treatment plant. This initiative 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 including examination on the impacts on the benthic organism community.
- Complete the research project with the University of Alberta on removal of
Cryptosporidium oocysts from the filters in the water treatment plant during direct filtration operation.
- Continue to participate in Alberta Environment and Park's Water Management Framework Advisory Committee, North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, the Alberta Water Council, the Alberta Drinking Water Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee and other government led or Water-For-Life related initiatives.