EPCOR and Drainage will be better together
Combining the technical expertise of Drainage employees with EPCOR's strength as a major utility services provider will reduce operating and capital costs – for the benefit of customers.
We have a strong track record of completing major capital projects on-time and on-budget.
EPCOR will reduce Drainage operating costs by $5 million over 5 years. Coordination of work planning, safety performance, training, fleet and other areas would result in greater efficiency. EPCOR Water and Drainage have similar operations and if aligned, both would be more efficient over time.
EPCOR will Drainage reduce capital costs by 10% each year by using our proven processes for the effective management of planning, design and construction of large-scale capital projects.
Grant Thornton confirmed EPCOR's ability to deliver on operational efficiencies and capital cost savings in their report.
EPCOR has the expertise to develop a comprehensive "Stormwater Integrated Resource Plan" that will set out clear timelines for system improvements to reduce neighbourhood flooding and its impact. Working with Council, EPCOR will consult with communities to establish priorities for implementing improvements in a timely and affordable manner.
There will be no layoffs. We are committed to welcoming all Drainage employees to EPCOR with comparable salary, benefits and seniority. We take pride in being an employer of choice and a safe and healthy workplace is always our first priority.
City Council as owner
City Council will continue to review and approve Drainage service levels just like it does today. This includes having oversight of all Drainage operating activities and capital plans, including those for flood mitigation.
EPCOR will report fully and openly on Drainage to the Utility Committee. We currently do this with Water.
EPCOR is a strong and growing company, 100% owned by the City of Edmonton. Our single focus is on providing safe and reliable utility services to customers.