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​In June 2020, EPCOR submitted an application to the Alberta ministry of Environment and Parks to renew our approval to operate the Edmonton waterworks system. In accordance with the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA), we renew this approval every 10 years. Our existing approval to operate will expire on May 31, 2021. You can find more information about our application and the regulatory process below.

Our Regulators

Environment and Parks, under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA), is responsible for regulating drinking water systems in Alberta that treat raw river or groundwater and distribute to customers. We follow strict regulations to ensure monitoring and water quality provisions are in place at all of our water treatment facilities.

Under the EPEA, EPCOR is required to apply for renewal of our existing approval every 10 years, or whenever we make substantial operational changes to our waterworks system. Renewing our approval to operate is an important part of our commitment to excellence. The renewal process helps to ensure our testing parameters continue to be at the highest level and it allows us to continue engaging stakeholders in a meaningful way to discuss how we operate our water system.

Edmonton Waterworks System

In the Edmonton waterworks system, raw water is drawn from the North Saskatchewan River. It is then treated at the Rossdale (9469 Rossdale Road) and E.L. Smith (3900 E.L. Smith Road) water treatment plants in Edmonton.

Our drinking water meets or exceeds all of the requirements set by provincial standards and Health Canada's Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. EPCOR's water quality assurance laboratory tests and adjusts for more than 300 parameters so that we can provide you with the best drinking water for safety, colour, smell and taste.

The two water treatment plants' onsite reservoirs and high lift pump stations supply potable water into Edmonton's transmission system's piping network primary zone.

The high lift pump stations are supported by:

    • 10 reservoirs and pump station sites;
    • seven booster stations which supply a network of transmission and distribution pipes into the entire Edmonton area; and,
    • eight supply points to regional water customers in the surrounding communities.

More information about our water treatment plants

​The Regulatory Process

Obtaining a new approval to operate the Edmonton waterworks system consists of six general steps that include a process for members of the public to submit statements of concern. These steps in the licensing process and our anticipated timelines are included below:

​# ​Regulatory process ​Timing*
​1

Application Filed
EPCOR files an application for approval.

​July 31, 2020
​2

Notice of Application
A notice advising that the application has been submitted and inviting public feedback is posted. Copies of the complete application can be obtained directly from EPCOR.

​November 5, 2020
​3 Public Review
Anyone who feels they might be adversely affected by the operation of the Waterworks submit written statements of concern directly to Environment and Parks. These statements are reviewed by Environment and provided to EPCOR for response.

30 Day Comment Period beginning November 5th, ending December 6th, 2020

​4 Environment and Parks Technical Review
Environment and Parks reviews the detailed technical content of the application.
​December 2020 to January 2021
​5 ​Environment and Parks Decision
Environment and Parks decides whether to issue the approval and what conditions to attach to the approval. Parties who submitted a statement of concern are notified of Environment and Park's decision and the timelines to appeal that decision.
January 2021 to May 31 2021
​6 ​Appeals
Directly affected members of the public who have submitted a statement of concern can appeal Environment and Park's decision to the Environmental Appeals Board.
​Following issuance of a new approval, if necessary.

 *Note: These dates are subject to change over the upcoming months.

 

During the public review period, anyone directly affected by the Edmonton waterworks system can submit a statement of concern to Environment and Parks about EPCOR's application before December 6, 2020. You can submit your written statement of concern by email, fax or mail using the information below:

Environment and Parks

Regulatory Approvals Center
5th Floor, South Petroleum Plaza
9915 - 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2G8
Fax: (780) 422-0154
Email: aep.epeaapplications@gov.ab.ca

Additional information is included in our Notice of Application.

Questions? Contact us.

  (780) 412-3599