Summer Watering Hours
Just a reminder that the summer watering hours May 1 to October 31 are as follows:
Between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Even numbered houses water Wednesday and Saturday
Odd numbered houses water Thursday and Sunday
2012 Potable Water Results
2013 Potable Water Results
To Flush or Not To Flush?
That is the question! Please help to keep Turner Valley sewer lines, both public and residential, blockage free by remembering NOT to flush the following:
Brushes (including toilet brushes)
Cement or building materials
Dead pets and pet waste
Fat, oil and grease
General household waste
Hygienic waste; (such as colostomy bags, incontinence pads, etc)
Needles and syringes
Old clothing and rags
Wipes (Such as Lysol or baby wipes. Note: Lysol, baby and many other wipes do cause blockages EVEN IF THE PACKAGE INDICATES “FLUSHABLE”)
Town of Turner Valley Waterworks Certified Operator
Two Town of Turner Valley certified operators monitor the Town of Turner Valleys’ Water Treatment Plant. Alberta Environment and the Town of Turner Valley staff have the level of operator certification required to operate the Town’s water treatment plant.
The Town of Turner Valley Water Treatment System consists of a water supply from 3 shallow wells; the water is then brought into the Water Treatment Plant for processing. For the 2006 operating year, the Water Treatment Plant diverted 228,553 m3 of water from the wells with 224,647 m3 of water that was processed and sent into the distribution system water lines. The remainder 3906 m3 is used at the facility in preparation of the treatment process and to backwash the filters. With 224,647 m3 of water being used it converts to each resident in our community consuming 75.8 gallons of water each day.
The treatment process consists of two processing trains. Each train consists of 2-flocculation chambers, 1 clarifying chamber and a filter bed. The filter bed is a dual media filtering system of anthracite and sand. Once the water flows through these treatment compartments it is then chlorinated then placed in a baffled chamber allowing time for the chlorine to be in contact with the water before it is ready to be distributed into the system. Chlorine gas is used for disinfecting purposes.
The Town is regulated by an Alberta Environment License to Operate. This License states the guidelines that the Water Plant Operators must follow every day when performing tests and operating the facility. Water quality tests are conducted daily on the raw water supply, the water that has been treated and is ready to be sent into the distribution system and the water in the system. Samples are taken at residential sites throughout the system. Inspections of all reports, documents, random sampling of the water and inspections of the infrastructure are conducted by Alberta Environment Inspectors bi-annually.
When the raw water has completed the treatment process it is then pumped into the distribution system and to our potable water storage reservoir that is located to the west of Town. Our water system is a gravity supply system that consists of 28 kilometres of water mains. The reservoir stores approximately 500,000 gallons of water. There is also a clear well located at the water plant that stores approximately 100,000 gallons of water.
Within that system are 68 fire hydrants. The hydrants are inspected every 6 months, April and October. The inspection consists of flushing the hydrants, flow testing, static pressure testing, checking and replacing gaskets and listening for leaks, then repairing and performing any maintenance to ensure the operation of the hydrant. All hydrants are mapped and color-coded based on flow, draining, non-draining and inspected following NFPA standards. All this information including the location of the hydrants has been mapped and copies distributed to The Turner Valley Fire Department, The Turner Valley Public Works Department, and The Black Diamond Fire Department.
The Town has also implemented a leak detection program. This consists of pressure testing the water lines, listening for leaks within the system at hydrants, curb-stops, and main valves.
If you have a sump pump that runs frequently through dry weather conditions or during the winter, please contact the Town, as there may be a leak within the system that is surfacing near your home. Should you be out for a walk and hear water running or see a puddle that never goes away, please contact us at (403) 933-4944 or after hours (403) 933-5190.