Positively Effecting River Water Quality and Industrial Water Supply: An examination of Regional-Scale Municipal / Industrial Water Reclamation and Reuse for the Edmonton Area

Description:Water resources are strained around the world and Alberta is no exception. The Industrial Heartland and Capital Region (IHCR) encompass the City of Edmonton, surrounding areas immediately adjacent to the City, and a spatially separated area to the northeast of the City. This hub of economic activity currently houses approximately three dozen industrial operations in a 300 plus km2 area, ranging from fertilizer production to oil refining, and whose lifeblood is the North Saskatchewan River (NSR). The Athabasca Oil Sands, Cold Lake Oil Sands, and Peace River Oil Sands regions are located in northern Alberta, yet a portion of future upgrading and refining capacity to process feedstock from these regions is anticipated to be located in the IHCR, and thus the NSR will face continued pressures in its use. In addition, the approximate 1,000,000 people living in Edmonton and the surrounding area also rely on the NSR as a source of potable water and a conduit for returning effluent back to the environment. As a result, the Province of Alberta has embarked on an endeavor to implement the Water Management Framework (WMF) for the IHCR ('the Framework') for managing water quality and quantity in the North Saskatchewan River (NSR) in this geographical region. This case study presentation discusses what was learned during WMF Project 2, where the central question being asked was as follows – is there a compelling reason(s) to move towards a highly integrated, large-scale water reclamation and reuse system given all the regional nuances and desired outcomes?

Authors: Dean Shiskowski; Darcy McDonald

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Tags:2014 Annual Conference,AC14,AC2014

Citation:Stream F. 6.2.

Publication Date:May 6th, 2014 Upload Date:Jun 30th, 2014

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