At the recent AWWOA Annual Operator's Seminar (March 9 - 13, 2015), Ramtech staff attended a presentation by Dr Donald Reid (Drinking Water Quality Regulator, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD). He provided details of a review that ESRD and Alberta Health are conducting to address issues with the current framework regulating drinking water operations in Alberta.
ESRD is exploring options to address issues associated with the regulatory complexity and consistency of application of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, through a targeted consultation with key drinking-water stakeholders. Alberta Health will be consulting with operators of small drinking-water systems to review proposed changes to the Nuisance and General Sanitation Regulation.
Following this consultation, the two Ministries will consolidate the feedback and work towards developing a single regulatory approach to drinking-water protection in Alberta.
The following links provide additional information about the review and opportunities to provide feedback.
AWWOA - Consultation Feedback
Overview of Proposed Changes
The cover story of Process West's January 2015 issue is titled "Go with the flow". With the help of some great aerial photographs, the article discusses some of the challenges faced by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, including its remote location, heavy industrial use, climate and vast coverage area. Each of these challenges is considered an opportunity to be worked with as the municipality moves towards minimizing waste, increasing efficiencies and eventually decreasing the impact on the environment.
Most recently, the Municipality commissioned its newly finished expansion project at the Fort McMurray wastewater treatment plant. The plant's capacity is now doubled, meeting the needs of up to 235,000 people and surpassing current demand. Upgrades included the installation of additional wastewater ultraviolet disinfection equipment (TrojanUV 3000Plus), supplied and commissioned by Ramtech. These new units compliment the existing TrojanUV 3000Plus and the Spaans Babcock-manufactured, fine screen (Bormet Screen), previously supplied by our company. The Fort McMurray water treatment plant has TrojanUVSwift 12 used for ultraviolet disinfection of water also from Ramtech.
If you have any questions about this project of the lines of equipment offered, please contact us.
Source article: Go with the flow. Process West, January 2015. Pages 10-12.
Photo credit: Process West, January 2015.