Approval to Operate
The City of Edmonton operates its wastewater systems under a new Approval to Operate document, which is regulated by the Province of Alberta. The new approval reflects new process management systems and upgrades that would minimize the impact of City discharges on the North Saskatchewan River.
The planning, design, construction and operation of Edmonton's wastewater treatment plant, wastewater collection system, and stormwater drainage systems are regulated by the Province of Alberta. Both the provincial and federal governments have indicated that stricter environmental guidelines will be in place in the future.
Water quality and availability are quickly becoming high priority issues. Drainage Services has already begun to implement strategies and environmental management programs to address these issues.
Alberta Environment issued the new Approval in 2008 after working closely together with the City of Edmonton to identify issues and develop alternative regulatory solutions. A number of issues have been identified that require development of different regulations/plans by City of Edmonton under the new Approval, including:
- Wasterwater Treatment Operations Plan (Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plan - EPCOR);
- Stormwater Quality Control Strategy & Action Plan;
- Total Loading Plan; and
- Collection System Monitoring Protocol.
The Approval document provides more detail about Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, which expires on May 31, 2015.
For more information:
Senior Environmental Engineer