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Annual Reports: Underground Services

Annual reports are required to be completed as a condition of the operating approvals issued by the Alberta government for many Environmental Services facilities. Reports may also be required as a condition of the Code of Practice for a specific facility. The purpose of these reports is to address the performance of each individual facility and ensure compliance, quality and safety of the services provided. The Municipality is continually improving its culture of transparency and accountability. Publishing annual reports will allow all stakeholders to view the reports and encourage an open and sharing dialogue.

2015 Reports and Brief Highlights

Anzac: Waterworks System and Wastewater System

Wastewater System

  • There were two non-compliances that required reporting to Environment Canada, relating to exceedance of CBOD & TSS samples.
  • There were two discharges in 2015, both discharges were within COP’s discharge requirements and the total volume discharged for the year was 47,833m^3.
  • The new wastewater treatment plant to replace the lagoon is ongoing. Commissioning of the plant is planned to occur in late 2016.

Waterworks System

  • There was one non-compliance reported to AEP, relating to erroneous reporting.

Conklin: New Waterworks System, Old Waterworks System and Wastewater System

Wastewater System

  • Zero non-compliances related to wastewater systems.
  • There was one discharge in 2015, the discharge was within the COP’s discharge requirements and the total volume discharged for the year was 25,401m^3.

Waterworks: New System

  • This was the first full year of operation for the new Conklin facility. Mechanical and programming deficiencies within the plant were addressed as they arose.
  • There were five non-compliances relating to the failure of the “free chlorine residual” sample pump, UV transmittance, exceedance TTHM and HAA limits, failure to submit reclamation plan, and failure to conduct pH and turbidity sampling.
  • There were also contraventions regarding raw water pH and turbidity sampling, particle counter data, and sampling of TTHM and HAA.
  • In 2015, planning to upgrade the raw water intake line was initiated and design is scheduled to continue in 2016.
  • A detailed design of rural water and sewer servicing system began in 2015.

Waterworks: Old System

  • The Conklin Waterworks System 19574-01-00 has been permanently taken out of service. The facility did not produce water during the 2015 year and as such, there is no data to report from this facility for 2015.

Fort Chipewyan: Waterworks System and Wastewater System

Wastewater System

  • There was one non-compliance that required reporting to AEP, relating to an unauthorized release from a lift station.
  • In 2015, the wastewater system treated approximately 1.04 ML/d. This is approximately 93 % of the design capacity of 1.12 ML/d.
  • In 2016, water and sewer predesign work is planned to begin, groundwater monitoring wells will be installed, and lift stations will be evaluated for upgrading.

Waterworks System

  • There were four non-compliances reported to AEP relating to the distribution system, record keeping at Fort Chipewyan Water Treatment plant, and failure to record free chlorine residual.
  • Design of a new treatment plant was completed and tendered for construction in 2015. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016.
  • Received a new EPEA Approval 680-02-02 for construction of new Water Treatment Plant.
  • New waste pipeline from Water Treatment Plant to lagoon was installed.

Fort MacKay: Waterworks System and Wastewater System

Wastewater System

  • There was one non-compliance that required reporting to AEP, relating to an unauthorized discharge event.
  • There were two discharges in 2015, both discharges were within the COP’s discharge requirements and the total volume discharged for the year was 159,127m^3.
  • Water and water infrastructure within Fort MacKay will be upgraded, as required, with the completion of the Rural Water and Sewer Servicing Program.

Waterworks System

  • There were eight non-compliances reported to AEP.
  • New membrane cartridges were installed in January 2015. These cartridges increased the plant’s capacity by approximately 33%.

Fort McMurray: Waterworks System and Wastewater System

Wastewater System

  • There was one non-compliance that required reporting to AEP, relating to the wastewater collection system.
  • Stricter limits for Carbonaceous Biochemical Oxygen Demand, total suspended solids, total phosphorus are scheduled to come into effect on December 31, 2017.
  • In 2015, 9,305 ML, or 25.5 ML/d, of wastewater was treated at the Fort McMurray Wastewater Treatment Plant. This is approximately 44% of the design capacity of 58 ML/d.
  • To optimize operations, improvements and upgrades were made to the system: Equipment additions, lift stations and approval limits.
  • In 2015, the RMWB developed a Total Loadings Plan and Storm Water Quality Control Strategy.

Waterworks System

  • In 2015, a total of 50 non-compliances related to the water distribution system, mostly involving a loss of pressure in the distribution line, were reported to AEP.
  • Measuring total chlorine better represents the result of the chloramination, than free residual chlorine. Therefore, RMWB plans to request an amendment to the EPEA Approval
  • In 2015, there were 1358 bacteriological samples taken in the Fort McMurray water distribution system.
  • New pump houses in Parson’s Creek and Lower Townsite were completed and are now in service.
  • There were also numerous improvements in both the process and procedures at the Water Treatment Plant.

Janvier: Waterworks System and Wastewater System

Wastewater System

  • There was one non-compliance that required reporting to AEP, relating to an unauthorized release from a blockage causing the vent to surcharge wastewater to the environment.
  • Wastewater and water infrastructure within Janvier will be upgraded, as required, with the completion of the Rural Water and Sewer Servicing Program.

Waterworks System

  • There were nine non-compliances reported to AEP.
  • In 2015, the riverbank remediation work at the river intake was completed to prevent further erosion of the ground.
  • Deficiencies in the powder activated carbon system were addressed to have the system ready to come online. This system will allow for the reduction of THMs.
  • De-chlorination of backwash water waste started at the end of December.

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