The Camrose Water System includes:

  • Water supply from Dried Meat Lake
  • Water treatment
  • Water pumping
  • Reservoir storage
  • Water distribution pipe network
  • Fire hydrants
  • Water meters

Water Quality

We are committed to the protection of public health and safety by ensuring that the water leaving the Water Treatment Plant exceeds the Canadian Drinking Water Standards.

Testing

We run our water system under an “Approval to Operate,” as issued by Alberta Environment. As part of that Approval, the Water Treatment Plant operators conduct over 48 tests on any given day. These may be on the lake (or raw) water and/or on the treated drinking water. As well, the province requires us to have our water tested at least twice per year by a provincially-approved lab.

Samples

Every month we take at least one bacteriological sample per 1,000 people (or 18 samples per month) from a variety of locations within Camrose. The Provincial Health Lab analyzes the samples and then submit reports to the Local Health Authority and the City of Camrose.

Study Results

The results from all water quality testing is public information. We submit these results daily to Alberta Environment. You can get the water quality testing data from Public Works by calling 780.672.5513. This information is also on Alberta Environment's Camrose Waterworks System monitoring website.

Water System Rates Information

We fund our water system through water utility fees. Tax revenue is not used to subsidize the operation of the water system.

Water System Basic Charge

The water system basic charge is a fixed monthly fee. It funds the Water Treatment Plant, Pump Stations, and the Distribution pipes. It also funds the Water Supply.

Water System Consumption Charge

The amount of water used is the basis for the water systems consumption charge.

Water Meters

Every building in Camrose connected to the water system has a water meter. We have replaced all the water meters in Camrose with modern ones that are more accurate and use radio waves to send your water usage to Public Works every month. This system allows us to see spikes in your water usage and can then help you identify leaks or other issues that may be causing a high water bill.

Water meters are usually very accurate. Water going through the meter turns a propeller device which turns the meter. As meters age, they usually slow down, letting more water through than they measure. As a result, you get more water than you pay for. Public works can test your meter if you think it is inaccurate.

 

 

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