If there is a flow restriction from the CRSWSC based on availability from EPCOR, there is nothing that can be done by Beaumont to avoid a ban. Several factors determine if there will be a water ban including dry-conditions, flow from the CRSWSC and water consumption. The first priority is to ensure there is sufficient water for essential services (fire protection).
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Our water is supplied by the Capital Region Southwest Water Services Commission (CRSWSC) - http://crswsc.ca/ . The CRSWSC transmission main flows from the CRSWSC Boundary Station on the west side of the QEII Highway east into Beaumont’s Main Reservoir on the southeast corner of 50 Avenue and 57 Street. The Commission purchases its water directly from EPCOR Water Services in coordination with the Regional Water Customers Group (RWCG). EPCOR supplies the CRSWSC from two major water treatment plants, E.L. Smith and Rossdale, both located in the City of Edmonton and sourcing water from the North Saskatchewan River. The CRSWSC is one of nine members that form the RWCG. All nine members work closely together to ensure all communications and transactions with EPCOR Water Services are of a united front. The Commission works closely with the RWCG for long-range planning, rate negotiation and coordination of water supply.
The Commission works diligently to ensure clean, safe drinking water is provided to all customers. It closely monitors and controls flow rates, chlorine residuals, pressures and reservoir levels for each of its customers. The Commission endeavours to comply with all regulations and standards set out by Canadian regulatory agencies. It’s the goal of the CRSWSC to set standards and guidelines for each of its customers to model themselves after.
The flow rate is based on what EPCOR can provide to the CRSWSC system while following the agreement with the RWCG.
The CRSWSC’s one transmission main flows from the Boundary Station on the west side of the QEII Highway east into Beaumont’s Main Reservoir on the southeast corner of 50 Avenue and 57 Street.
We have five reservoir cells. There are three cells at the Main Reservoir (southeast corner of 50 Avenue and 57 Street) and two cells at the St. Vital Reservoir (northeast corner of 50 Avenue and 44 Street). Our total available storage is 17,700 m3 (17,700,000 Litres). The only way to fill the St. Vital Reservoir is to pump water from the Main Reservoir, which is done during non-peak times. Pump upgrades are required at the St. Vital Pumphouse to allow pumping of water through the system during peak periods. As more development occurs we will require additional storage. This information is identified in the Water and Wastewater Systems Report (Reviewed with Committee of the Whole on March 20, 2018): https://www.beaumont.ab.ca/521.
Yes, there are plans in place to upgrade the pumping capacity and add reservoirs as Beaumont grows.
Watering bans are put in place to ensure there is sufficient water capacity in Beaumont's reservoir for essential resident use and firefighting.
Your cooperation with helping to preserve this precious resource is greatly appreciated! If a watering ban is implemented, the information will appear on the Water Conservation page.