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​​​​​​​Serving Edmonton and Surrounding Areas for nearly 45 Years

The E.L. Smith site includes the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant, kīsikāw pīsima solar farm, a guardhouse and other facilities owned by EPCOR.​

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Working with the community to define plant operations

With your help, we've developed shared go​als and a long-term plan to guide how we will design, build and operate our plants for decades to come.
Working with the community​​

kīsikāw pīsim​ solar farm

Learn about our solar farm and
battery energy storage system.
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Our relationship​ with Indigenous Peoples

We are committed to our relationship with Indigenous Peoples connected to the land.
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Protecting the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant from Flooding

Find out how we work to protect the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant from the impacts of a one in 500 year flood.
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Newsle​tters and construction notices

Stay up to date by reading our recent E.L. Smith community newsletters and construction notices.
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 B​ike infrastructure developed on our property

EPCOR has become aware of bike trails, jumps and ramps that have been developed by unknown third parties on our private property near the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant (WTP).

The health and safety of the public and our employees is a priority to EPCOR and as such we will be dismantling the jumps and ramps that have been developed on our property.

Residents and recreators in the area may notice the installation of signage and fencing to restrict access to EPCOR's property.


​About the E.L. Smith site

The E.L. Smith site is located along Edmonton's North Saskatchewan River, northeast of the Anthony Henday, and east of the Cameron Heights neighborhood.

Named after Eugene Lloyd Smith (Chief Chemical Engineer 1935-1960), the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant has been providing clean drinking water to Edmonton citizens since 1976. In 2008 major upgrades were completed to increase the reliability and capacity of Edmonton's long-term water supply at the plant. 

​E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant: An Award Winning Treatment Plant

In 1976, the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant was specifically designed to protect the environment while significantly increasing Edmonton Capital Region's supply of clean drinking water for the long term.

The design of the plant included an award-winning environmentally friendly disinfection system, and the construction of a specialized water intake system. The system diverts and returns fish safely downstream of the plant, and as a result, is preserving aquatic life in the North Saskatchewan River.

E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant operations

The E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant is one of Edmonton's two water treatment plants.  Water from the North Saskatchewan River is treated, tested and stored on-site in reservoirs until is needed. Clean drinking water is then pumped out through the transmission/distribution system to homes and businesses throughout the city.

See the water treatment process in action.

The water's source

Water treated at E.L. Smith comes from the North Saskatchewan River. The source of the river is the Saskatchewan Glacier in the Columbia Icefields.

The E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant has a capacity of 400 Megalitres per day.

Learn more about the water treatment plant


Contact us

We believe in listening to and engaging stakeholders. Community input and involvement is an important part of our decision-making and we want to hear what you think about our initiatives.

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Phone: (780) 412-3599

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