COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOW (CSO)CONTROL STRATEGY
Edmonton’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Strategy is a long-term capital worksimplementation plan to reduce the environmental impacts of the combined sewer system.Developed through the period 1994 through 1999, the 16-year plan was originally estimated tocost about $149 million (1999 dollars). Implementation was scheduled with some early spendingin the period of 2001 through 2004, with the majority of the spending from 2005 through 2016.
The City of Edmonton is committed to the protection of the environment. To “maximizeenvironmental protection” is one of the five fundamental operating principles of DrainageServices. In addition, CSO control is an expectation of Alberta Environment in both its MunicipalPolicies and Procedures Manual and in the City’s Approval-to-Operate (No. 639-02-07). The CSOControl Strategy will mitigate the environmental impacts of Edmonton’s combined sewersystem to fulfill these expectations.
The CSO Control Strategy is expected to result in an increase in the average annual capture ofwet weather flow and treatment in the sewer system from 56% to 86% and reduction ofCombined Sewer Overflow occurrences from 89 to 46.
- A 16-year plan was developed from 1994 -1999 at a cost of $149 million.The plan includes:
Early Action Control Plan
This plan looks at ways to utilize the existing sewer systemmore effectively such as using existing available in-line storage through the real timecontrol of movable gates. Three real time control (RTC) sites (RTC 3, 4, & 6) werecarried forward for implementation. It is expected that RTC 3, 4, & 6 will result in anaverage annual reduction of about 200,000 m
of CSO. RTC 4 was completed in 2002.RTC 6 was completed in 2004. RTC 3 is under construction as part of Rat Creek RiverCrossing (WESS 12) project, currently scheduled for completion in 2012.
Long-Term Control Plan
- This plan consists of upgrades to the Gold Bar WastewaterTreatment Plant’s (WWTP) Enhanced Primary Treatment (EPT); a tunnel (WESS W12Syphon) at Rat Creek which will cross the river; Opportunistic Sewer Separation (OSS);and modification to CSO structure weirs.
Enhance Primary Treatment (EPT)
– This project involves increasing the plant’scapacity to provide high-rate treatment for flow in excess of its tertiarytreatment capacity that occurs during wet weather. EPT was completed in 2010.