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Edmonton has nearly 200 stormwater facilities. These are part of EPCOR's integrated drainage system and they have a job to do. Stormwater facilities reduce the risk of neighbourhood flooding by managing runoff and eventually sending stormwater to the North Saskatchewan River (NSR).
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Stormwater facilities aren't safe for any type of recreation because inlet and outlet pipes keep water continuously flowing.
The function of these facilities, in conjunction with fluctuating weather patterns, can produce unpredictable and dangerous conditions not visible on the surface.
Though you may have used a stormwater facility recreationally before, things have changed. Research shows how dangerous stormwater facilities are. And with more facilities being built in our growing city there is a higher need for safety precautions.
EPCOR's number one priority around stormwater facilities is the safety of our customers and employees. Please be safe, no one should be using these facilities for any kind of recreation.
To ensure public safety at the stormwater facilities, all activities that may result in direct contact with the water are prohibited (Drainage Bylaw 18093). To help the public recognize these facilities, EPCOR is installing signage indicating that a citizen is near a stormwater facility and identifying activities that are prohibited.
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Identifying stormwater facilities is tricky. Keep off any pond you are unable to identify.
View our map of sites unsafe for recreational use.
Once frozen over, a stormwater facility may look safe, but it's what's below the surface that makes it different from ponds.
Stay off stormwater facilities
As a part of the integrated drainage system, stormwater facilities have a job to do: reduce the risk of flooding in our neighbourhoods and filter water.
Stormwater facilities have a job to do
Stormwater facilities are hard to identify. Educate yourself and your family on where to find safer sites to skate.
Know your options
Stormwater facilities aren't safe for any type of recreation, including skating, sledding and walking, because inlet and outlet pipes keep water continuously flowing beneath the frozen top layer. Choose a safer alternative and skate on a
safe rink this winter.
If you see anyone on the ice, report activity to us at 412-4500.
Though you may have used a stormwater facility recreationally before, things have changed. Research conducted by the University of Alberta shows how hazardous stormwater facilities are. And with more facilities being built in our growing city and warmer winter temperatures caused by climate change, there is a higher need for safety precautions.
As a part of the integrated drainage system, stormwater facilities reduce the risk of neighbourhood flooding by managing runoff and eventually sending it to the river.
Stormwater facilities may include contaminated materials that impact ice quality and make ice thickness highly unpredictable.
Here's what can happen without neighbourhood stormwater facilities:
EPCOR is offering Community Leagues across the City of Edmonton access to an Ice Rink Grant program to provide assistance in creating safe locations for citizens to skate. Community Leagues must complete our application form to access the program. Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2020.
We have mapped out safe recreational rinks below for your use or contact your local community league for advice for an alternative close to you.
Don't take a chance. Educate yourself on where to find a better place for recreation.
View our map of safe recreational rinks to enjoy this winter.
View our report.