The Commission’s facilities include the following:
• The Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), located in Strathcona County near Fort Saskatchewan, is a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility which uses biological processes to produce a high quality effluent. The plant reduces the oxygen demand of the effluent and removes solids, phosphorous and nitrogen from the wastewater. Effluent is disinfected by ultraviolet light before discharge to the North Saskatchewan River.
• Five large-capacity wastewater pumping stations located throughout the regional transmission system.
• Five wastewater transfer stations where domestic wastewater is accepted from residential homes and industrial, institutional and commercial facilities that are not connected to a sanitary sewer system.
• There are 196 km of trunk sewers comprised of forcemains and gravity sewers connecting member municipalities to this Plant.
About 50% of the ACRWC’s assets are all located in the transmission system located within an hour’s drive of the WWTP. The estimated replacement value of the ACRWC’s assets is about $500 million dollars. Flows from our southern members are treated at the City of Edmonton’s Goldbar WWTP.
Current Capital Projects
Upgrades and work being completed on the ACRWC transmission infrastructure in the Alberta Capital Region are further detailed below. These sections are regularly updated with details in regards to the works and approximate timelines of construction and completion.
Spruce Grove Wet Weather Facility Upgrade
The ACRWC will be upgrading the Wet Weather Facility on Century Road in Parkland County. The system will be upgraded from a manually operated system, to a system that can be operated remotely. Currently, in the event of heavy rainfall, an ACRWC operator must go to the site. The new system will allow the ACRWC to quickly respond to a heavy rainfall event from the ACRWC plant.
This is a multi-phase project with Phase 1 including storage facility improvements, the construction of a pump station and a new forcemain pipe along Century Road. Phase 2 will include the development of a diversion chamber and adjacent diversion pipe and Phase 3 will include rehabilitation of the existing diversion pipe.
More details about this project will be added to this page as they become available. If you have any further questions, please contact the ACRWC at email@example.com or 780.467.8655.
Phase 1 is scheduled to start construction mid-August 2022 and be completed by spring 2023.
Phases 2 and 3 are planned to take place between 2024 – 2026. Scheduling is still being determined, but this work will occur during warmer months to allow for easier access. Phase 2 should take roughly six months to complete and phase 3 should take about two months to complete.
Please note: While we do our best to plan construction and abide by construction timelines communicated to the public, external factors may delay the schedule such as weather, approvals and construction conditions.
Phase 1 -The work will take place at the Wet Weather Facility and along Century Road (RR 272) and will result in a reduced speed limit and increased presence of construction vehicles on Century Road at certain times throughout the project.
Phase 2 and 3 - Most of the work will take place at the Wet Weather Facility itself and ACRWC right of way, limiting impact on the surrounding community.
Waste Gas Burner Facility Upgrades - ACRWC Wastewater Treatment Plant
The ACRWC is undertaking a project to upgrade the Waste Gas Burner Facility. The project will involve the construction of a new Waste Gas Burner Building and flares, a Condensate Room inside the basement of the existing Digester Control Building, all associated process and building systems, commissioning of the new burner system, and demolition of the existing flare building and systems. The project is being completed to upgrade out of date infrastructure to accommodate future biogas production.
Construction started at the beginning of May 2020, and is expected to be completed in the fall/winter of 2021.
The work will take place at the ACRWC Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), 23262 Township Road 540, Fort Saskatchewan. The existing flare system will be operational until the new system has been commissioned and any required connections/tie-ins will be coordinated with the WWTP control center, to minimize impact to operations.
St. Albert Pump Station Pumping and Electrical Upgrade
The ACRWC will install two additional pumps with variable frequency drives and modify the existing electrical system for improved control and monitoring
The goal of the project is to add redundant pumps to the existing two pumps already in the station and upgrade the electrical.
Construction commenced in late March 2021. Due to equipment availability, the work planned to be completed by the end Oct. 2022.
No public impact is expected as all work to take place within the station
ACRWC START Rehabilitation/Replacement – 2021-2022 50 Street and Horsehills Creek Crossings
The ACRWC will replace and rehabilitate existing wastewater sewer pipe and install new
wastewater sewer pipe west of 50 Street, crossing 50 Street, and crossing Horsehills Creek
east of 18 Street and directly south of Valour Avenue (~388 m of sewer replaced and ~114 m of
The goal of the project is to address the poor structural condition of the pipes and to increase pipe capacity.
Construction commenced in late October 2021 with work being completed by the end of August 2022.
Temporary and short duration traffic disruption may occur when trucks and equipment are
turning in and out of the construction accesses. Bypass hoses may be located within road right
Parkland Gravity Sewer Rehabilitation – ROW Preparation
The Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission (ACRWC) is completing a project to rehabilitate the existing wastewater transmission sewer in its right-of-way (ROW) located between the north end of Highway 60 (Range Road 263) and our Parkland Pump Station, located at the north end of Range Road 261. It will be done in 2 phases. Phase 1 is the ROW preparation and Phase 2 is the wastewater transmission sewer line rehab. The sewer line will be rehab by Cured-in-Place-Pipe Lining (CIPP). CIPP is trenchless method of construction.
Phase 1 R.O.W preparation was completed winter of 2021/2022.
The Phase 2 contract has been awarded on August 2022. The contractor will responsible the design and construction. Field verification and design will start fall of 2022 and final sewer line rehab design is anticipated to be complete in summer 2023. Construction expected to begin in fall 2023. Construction will continue for approximately 6 months, with completion slated for summer 2024.
Prior to construction starting in fall 2023, limited activity is expected on the site to complete the design. During construction, rehabilitation methods will be chosen to limit the amount of ground disturbance that is necessary . The working area is expected to be contained within the 20 m width of the ACRWC’s right-of-way. In some locations, additional temporary workspace from adjacent landowners may be required and the Contractor will reach out to the affected landowners individually. Any informal trails located within the ACRWC’s right-of-way will be temporarily closed to public access to maintain a safe environment for both the public and the construction team. Signage will be placed at existing access points to notify the public of closures. Residents can expect increased construction traffic along both Range Road 261 and Highway 60 (Range Road 263), north of Highway 16. The work will create typical noise that is associated with construction, Insituform will comply with Parkland County noise bylaws during construction.
ACRWC Outfall Sewer Replacement – 2022 Repair East of 127 Street
The ACRWC will replace about 297 m of existing wastewater sewer pipe located east of 127 Street and directly south of Valour Avenue.
The goal of the project is to replace the collapsed sewer section that resulted in the sinkhole east of 127 Street and adjacent sections of deteriorated sewer pipe. These pipe segments will be replaced with larger diameter pipe to increase the Outfall sewer’s capacity.
Construction will commence in early May with work being completed by the end of June/early July 2022.
Temporary and short duration traffic disruption may occur when trucks and equipment are turning in and out of the construction accesses.
Parkland Pump Station- HVAC Upgrade
The Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission (ACRWC) is undertaking a project to upgrade the HVAC systems at the Parkland Pump Station. The project will involve the removal of the existing air systems and associated exhaust heat recovery systems currently in use at the station, the installation of a new hot water boiler and pumping system that will supply hot water to new air handling systems for the drywell and wet well portions of the building. The existing gas service will be upgraded to accommodate the new boiler system and existing gas fired equipment. A new exhaust fan system will be placed on the roof to exhaust air from the wet well portion on the building. Construction of a new mezzanine and access stair will be included to house 2 of the 3 new air handlers. A new railing system will be installed on the perimeter of the existing roof to help ensure the safety of maintenance staff while on the roof.
Construction will be beginning in July 2022, and is expected to be completed by April 2023.
The work will take place at the ACRWC Parkland Pump Station. The existing HAVC and temporary HVAC systems will be operational until the new system has been commissioned and any required connections/tie-ins are completed to minimize impact to operations. No public impact is expected as all work to take place within the station.