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Our History is Your History - 125 Years and Counting

February 09, 2016
Published In: #waterandwires

From a single small power plant in 1891 to a power and water company in more than 100 communities today. Throughout 2016, we're going to take a look at how far we've come and where we're going. And we're going to thank our people and the communities we serve for being an important part of our past, present and future. 

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One-hundred and twenty-five years after that first streetlight shone bright, we're proud to have grown up with our hometown and, along that journey, to have grown our services and welcomed new employees in becoming part of the history in other wonderful communities.

Our legacy stretches back to the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton. A ready supply of nearby water and coal enabled a group of entrepreneurs to set up the first power plant for a frontier prairie town with a population of just 700. The original Edmonton Electric Lighting and Power Company became a municipal corporation in 1902, three years before Alberta became a province. 

Today, that little prairie town is more than 800,000 strong – and we'll never forget where we come from. One-hundred and twenty-five years after that first streetlight shone bright, we're proud to have grown up with our hometown and, along that journey, to have grown our services and welcomed new employees in becoming part of the history in other wonderful communities. That means providing water and wastewater services to about 1.9 million people across three Canadian provinces and two U.S. states. It means delivering power line and billing services to about 600,000 customers in Edmonton and rural Alberta.

Together, we're making history with the communities we serve – and our history is your history.