Recycled Water Line to Conserve Alberta River Water
Edmonton, March 23 - A new recycled water line from the City of Edmonton's Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment plant will reduce the amount of water drawn directly from the North Saskatchewan and provide water for Petro-Canada's Strathcona County refinery. The 5.5-kilometre pipeline, the first of its kind in Canada, sets a new standard for environmental best practices. The award-winning project meets Petro-Canada's water needs for new processes and provides surplus water for other users along the river valley, including the Sunridge and Nordic ski clubs for snowmaking and the parks system for irrigation and pond recharging. The public-private partnership between the City of Edmonton, Petro-Canada and Strathcona County was funded by Petro-Canada for approximately $25 million.
"The recycled water line reinforces the City's international reputation in environmental management and our expertise in advanced wastewater treatment," said Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel. "The unique project serves as a model for other industries and municipalities and has proven to be a win-win business relationship. The treated water meets Petro-Canada's industrial requirements, while the City benefits through enhanced water quality and improved plant capacity with no extra costs to our taxpayers."
The membrane-treated water is cleaner than the wastewater formerly returned to the river at Gold Bar. The recycled water will help Petro-Canada meet new federal standards in the manufacture of fuels to reduce vehicle emissions. Petro-Canada will use the water to produce hydrogen, and for general refining purposes, such as steam production and cooling.
"We welcomed the chance to partner with the local municipalities when they approached us about the recycled water line," said Brant Sangster, Petro-Canada's Senior Vice-President of Oil Sands. "This is exactly the kind of sustainable, world-class thinking that we value as a company. We'll continue to be open to similar opportunities in the future."
Under the water line arrangement, Strathcona County will purchase the recycled water, operate and maintain the pipeline on behalf of Petro-Canada, and deliver the water to the refinery. About 30 per cent of the water used for refining processes will be returned to the river through the Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Treatment Plant.
"This project highlights Strathcona County's commitment to regional partnerships and innovative environmental initiatives," said Strathcona County Mayor Cathy Olesen.
The Recycled Water Line project has been singled out by the Alberta Government for going beyond expectations in protecting water resources and exemplifying the province's Water for Life strategy.
For more information please contact:Chris Dawson
Senior Advisor, Oil Sands
Ph: (403) 296-4270 or (403) 607-4215 (cell)
Water Line Project Manager
City of Edmonton
Ph: (780) 496-5567 or (780) 719-5567 (cell)
Ph: (780) 464-8023