March 2016 – The Town of Turner Valley is pleased to report that the implementation of the Sheep River Regional Utility Corporation (SRRUC) is nearing completion and this municipal corporation will soon take over the administration of the potable water system. The Towns of Black Diamond and Turner Valley have joined with the M.D. of Foothills and the Village of Longview to form a regional utility to operate the supply, treatment and transmission of drinking water to the residents of the respective municipalities. Ownership and administration of the individual piped distribution system will remain with each municipality at this time.
The administrative process of assigning the various provincial approvals, currently registered in the names of the individual Towns, to the SRRUC is underway. Applications to facilitate this change through Alberta Environment and Parks have begun. Links to the applications will be posted on the website in the near future.
The treatment and supply of municipal drinking water will continue as it has in the past, with the same highly qualified and trained operators ensuring the strictly regulated standards for testing and treatment.
Upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant in Turner Valley have been completed as planned and continued exploratory work is underway to seek additional sources of raw water supply in and around the town. Multiple potential sites are being reviewed.
Additional water supply from another new well or infiltration gallery is still required to fully restore the combined water supply capacity that existed in the two towns prior to the 2013 flood event on the Sheep River. This work is being supported financially by the Disaster Recovery Program (DRP).
The current project implementation involves municipal water supply for Black Diamond and Turner Valley, to be followed shortly by water supply north of Turner Valley to Millarville. Future long-term expansion would involve water transmission south through Black Diamond to Longview.