Council passes bylaw to recover costs to treat wastewater
Town Council has approved a bylaw that will enable the Town to recover costs to treat wastewater discharge that is created by industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) users.
The Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission (ACRWC), in conjunction with its 13 member municipalities, has introduced a wastewater source control program - an initiative aimed at reducing the amount of contaminants being sent to the Capital Region Wastewater Treatment Plant. The mission of the ACRWC is to provide safe, reliable, cost-efficient and environmentally responsible waste water transmission and treatment service.
A source control program manages the discharges into the system at the source, where pollution should, and can, be prevented. To protect the environment, as well as the operating capabilities of the regional treatment plant, limits have been established concerning what may be put into the sewer system by ICI users.
The main objectives of the ACRWC wastewater source control program are to:
- allocate costs fairly;
- protect the sewer infrastructure from corrosive materials or from materials that can clog the sewer system;
- protect wastewater treatment processes and prevent poor quality discharges into the
- eliminate the discharge of toxic, flammable or explosive materials into the wastewater flow; and
- help industrial, commercial and institutional users reduce their negative impacts on the environment.
As part of the Source Control Program, all ICI premises will be screened once every five years to determine whether each has the potential to release prohibited, restricted or over-strength wastewater into the sanitary sewer system. A site inspection may then be necessary, followed by a sampling event.
With the assistance of the Town of Stony Plain’s utility operators, ACRWC staff will have onducted an initial screening and sampling process. Once sampling has been completed and analyzed, the industry, institution or business can reduce the level of contaminates in their wastewater. By doing so, they will also reduce their wastewater disposal fees.
The introduction of the Source Control Program changes the way the ACRWC will charge its member municipalities, including the Town of Stony Plain, for the treatment of wastewater discharge. The charge will move from being a solely flow-based charge (volume of water used by ICI users) to a charge that takes into account the types and levels of concentrations of contaminants that are being discharged, in addition to water usage.
Over-strength charges are currently billed to the Town. Council approved the new bylaw, which will give the Town authority to recover these costs from the source users, at the regular council meeting on Feb. 27.
For more information, visit www.stonyplain.com or call 780.963.2151.