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​Developing barriers to protect equipment and water reservoirs if the river overtops its banks

​We are early in the planning and design process to determine how to protect the Rossdale Water Treatment Plant in a situation where the North Saskatchewan River overtops its banks. The results of our preliminary engineering and design studies show that permanent flood barriers will be needed in key locations around the Rossdale Water Treatment Plant to ensure that the drinking water supply for Edmonton (and the surrounding areas) is protected in the event of a major flood. These locations are shown on the map below.

Watch a video about developing barriers at the Rossdale Water Treatment Plant.

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Using a combination of earthen embankments and flood walls can help minimize impacts to existing treed areas. Design concepts for discussion are being coordinated with other initiatives in Rossdale, such as the City's Touch the Water Promenade project, Ribbon of Green master plan, River Crossing project and the potential Prairie Sky Gondola team, to ensure that the location and design of these barriers coordinate with the various plans underway in the area.

Design concepts

Looking east along the river valley recreational trail. The yellow shaded area shows the approximate height of the flood barrier required to protect the Rossdale Water Treatment Plant.

Looking southwest along the existing recreational trail located next to the water reservoirs. The yellow shaded area shows the approximate height of the flood barrier required to protect the Rossdale Water Treatment Plant.

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​When the work will happen

We are still in the early planning stages of this category of work. Over the upcoming months, we want to work with you to understand how we can best integrate these flood barriers into your community.

At this time we anticipate flood barrier construction to begin in 2024. While we will ask you for specific input at the stages noted on the timeline, we are committed to working with you throughout the planning process. Your input will be used alongside technical requirements for the project to create designs that are aligned with community values, are suitable for the Rossdale site, and are mindful of costs to water ratepayers.