Water & Wastewater

Management and growth of our water infrastructure

The County works with its municipal and industry partners to manage an ever-expanding network of water/wastewater systems, lagoons, meters, catch basins and lift stations. In some areas, water service is provided by private and co-operative water systems and suppliers, in addition to private ground water wells.

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A Multitude of Moving Parts

The County and its commission partners are responsible for roughly 30 kilometres of water and wastewater mains, in addition to the related valves, manholes, catch basins, meters, lagoons and lift stations that make everything work together. Core responsibilities include operating and maintaining the County's water supply, treatment and distribution systems; water meter installation and maintenance; wastewater collection and treatment; and ensuring County-wide regulatory compliance.

Two lagoon commissions help ensure safe, sustainable water & wastewater infrastructure.
Two lagoon commissions help the County provide safe, sustainable water & wastewater infrastructure.

Upgrading our Wastewater Infrastructure

For years, the County has sought ways to address wastewater inefficiencies and improve the water quality of its lakes. A study was conducted to determine the feasibility of a wastewater transmission system to service the northwestern portion of Parkland County; the south of Lac Ste. Anne County; the west of Sturgeon County; and various localities within or adjacent to this area.

The outcome of this study was the Regional Wastewater Transmission Line Conceptual Design Report.

This document outlined a long-term plan for a wastewater transmission system to service the area, with critical priority given to Phase I of this system; further divided into two sub-phases: A) a transmission line from the Summer Village of Sandy Beach to the Town of Onoway lagoon facility; and B) transmission line from the Hamlet of Darwell lagoon facility to the Tri-Village Regional Sewer Commission lagoon facility in Alberta Beach. Sub-phase B of this master wastewater project is slated to begin construction in 2023. Click Here to learn more about this important project.

Phased Growth in Tandem with Grant Funding

Future phases of the regional wastewater transmission system hinge on regional growth; capacity of existing lagoon facilities; and federal and provincial funding programs. If these factors play out as forecast, the total build-out of the regional wastewater system as outlined in its conceptual design document may be completed over the next ten to twenty years.

As this project takes shape in the months and years to come, updates will be posted to this section of the County website.

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Smart, Sustainable

For years we've been working on ways to improve our water and wastewater infrastructure.

From easing our reliance on aging wells through the strategic placement of city-grade water lines, to connecting end-of-life sewage lagoons to a wastewater transmission network, these critical upgrades help us meet the growing needs of community members, business owners and municipal partners.

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Regional Water & Wastewater Alliances

As we meet present needs and plan for the smart, sustained growth of our communities, we leverage the expertise and acumen of the following committees and commissions.

Darwell Wastewater Lagoon Commission

The Darwell Wastewater Lagoon Commission authority was established when the Darwell Lagoon was expanded with the cooperation of the Summer Villages of Silver Sands and South View. Meetings are held as required to discuss the operation and expansion of the lagoon.

North 43 Lagoon Commission

The Board of Directors for the North 43 Lagoon Commission is comprised of Council members from Lac Ste. Anne County and the Summer Villages of Yellowstone, Ross Haven and Castle Island. This commission was established to manage the operation and maintenance of a sewage lagoon north of Lac Ste. Anne Lake.

The commission meets every second month to discuss the maintenance and operation of the lagoon. Although the directors report back to each respective Council, the commission is empowered to operate with autonomy, making decisions regarding the lagoon’s management that are independent of any of the municipalities represented.

West Inter Lake District Regional (WILD) Water System

Made possible thanks to major funding from the federal and provincial grant funnding, the WILD program supplies treated water to the County, in addition to urban municipal Members, area hamlets, summer villages, and the Paul, Alexis Nakota Sioux and Alexander First Nations.

Treated water is purchased from the Capital Region Parkland Water Services Commission (Parkland Commission) at Stony Plain. The Parkland System will be expanded to enable the Parkland Commission to meet the needs of the WILD System. From the Water Transfer Station at Stony Plain, the WILD System feeds a network of mains and branches of partner regions via a pipeline. The County continues to be responsible for the development of treated water supply and water distribution systems within its jurisdiction.

County Minute: Water/Wastewater

"We’re proud to be partner members of the WILD Water Commission where we’ve been collaborating with adjacent municipalities for 12 to 15 years on some highly beneficial projects for the region. When we’re done, I believe we’re going to have the longest freshwater line in the province of Alberta."
— Reeve Joe Blakeman

Long-term Infrastructure Investments

Improving our water and wastewater infrastructure comes at a cost. Thankfully, these costs are offset by substantial federal and provincial grant programs like the Water For Life Strategy and Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

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