EPCOR launches Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant



    EDMONTON, April 1 /CNW/ - EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR) welcomes 140
wastewater professionals today as it officially becomes the owner and operator
of the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant (Gold Bar).
    Edmonton City Council authorized the transfer of Gold Bar to EPCOR on
January 21, 2009. Since then, EPCOR and City representatives have been working
with management and staff at Gold Bar to prepare for a seamless transition.
    "EPCOR sees the Gold Bar transfer as an opportunity to enhance our
reputation as a provider of expert water services, and to increase the City of
Edmonton's profile as an environmental leader," said Dr. Stephen Stanley,
Senior Vice-President, EPCOR Water Services.
    Staff at Gold Bar join more than 600 other water professionals within
EPCOR.
    "We're excited to welcome Gold Bar's wastewater professionals to EPCOR,"
said Dr. Stanley. "Edmonton's water and wastewater experts will now be on one
team. Having the teams work together will help improve opportunities for water
recycling and create new revenue sources for the City as they develop new
opportunities in wastewater treatment outside Edmonton. We are proud to serve
Edmonton's power and water needs, and contribute to the City's financial and
environmental sustainability."
    Vince Corkery, Director of Wastewater Operations, said the Gold Bar
transfer will build on a record of environmental excellence.
    "With the transfer of Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant to EPCOR, we
are one step closer to achieving the vision of Edmonton becoming a
zero-discharge city," said Corkery, referring to a goal of re-using all
wastewater. "Gold Bar's committed team of wastewater professionals looks
forward to serving EPCOR's customers in Edmonton and beyond through our
expertise in wastewater treatment, reclaimed water and biosolids and biogas
management."
    Gold Bar becomes an asset of EPCOR Water Services Inc. (EWSI), which is a
major subsidiary of EPCOR. The City will continue to own Gold Bar through its
ownership of EPCOR, and the City will continue to set rates. EPCOR is
wholly-owned by the City of Edmonton, and paid the City a $130-million
dividend for the 2008 fiscal year.

    
              Please see attached Backgrounder for more details
    

    About EPCOR

    EPCOR's wholly-owned subsidiaries build, own and operate power plants,
electrical transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater
treatment facilities and infrastructure in Canada and the United States.
EPCOR, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, has been named one of Canada's Top
100 employers for nine consecutive years, and was selected one of Canada's 10
Most Earth-Friendly Employers.

    
    BACKGROUNDER

                          EPCOR Water Services Inc.

    What is EPCOR Water Services Inc.?
    -   EPCOR Water Services Inc. (EWSI) is a major subsidiary of EPCOR
        Utilities Inc. (EPCOR), which is 100% owned by the City of Edmonton.
        EPCOR has been providing water to the residents of the City of
        Edmonton for more than 100 years.

    Water Treatment and Distribution
    -   Through its subsidiaries, EWSI owns four, and operates 19 other water
        treatment and distribution facilities in Alberta and British
        Columbia.
    -   EWSI has an exclusive franchise within the City of Edmonton for the
        provision of water to a population base of more than 750,000 people,
        represented by more than 225,000 residential, commercial and
        industrial customers.
    -   EWSI is allowed to recover its costs and earn a fair return on its
        investment within the City of Edmonton pursuant to the provisions of
        a performance based rates (PBR) bylaw. The PBR bylaw requires EWSI to
        meet detailed performance measures in the areas of customer service,
        the environment, water quality, system reliability and employee
        safety.
    -   Purified water is supplied to regions adjacent to the City of
        Edmonton which, in turn, is used in 54 surrounding communities and
        counties with an aggregate population in excess of 230,000 people.

    Wastewater Treatment and Collection
    -   Through its subsidiaries, EWSI now operates 23 wastewater treatment
        and collection facilities in Alberta and British Columbia, including
        Gold Bar.
    -   Wastewater service customers include the District of Sooke, B.C., and
        many Alberta communities including Banff, Canmore, Wetaskiwin,
        Chestermere and Taber.

    Water Treatment and Distribution Facilities
    -   EWSI's water treatment facilities in Edmonton encompass two state-of-
        the-art water treatment plants, Rossdale and E.L. Smith, and a
        distribution network with about 3,400 km of distribution and
        transmission mains, and approximately 17,000 hydrants and 53,000
        valves. Its 12 reservoir sites have an aggregate capacity of about
        807 million litres.
    -   At capacity and full production, Rossdale can produce 280 ML/day,
        while E.L. Smith can produce 680 ML/day.

    Commercial Services
    -   EWSI also earns income through competitive contract-based services.
        It provides water and wastewater services to commercial, industrial
        and municipal customers from its offices in Edmonton and White Rock,
        British Columbia.
    -   In 2006, EPCOR completed the design, construction and financing of
        the Britannia Mine Wastewater Treatment Plant, and commenced a 20-
        year agreement with the Province of BC to treat acid rock drainage.
    -   In November 2008, EPCOR completed the design and construction of both
        the water supply and wastewater facilities for the Whistler
        Olympic/Paralympic Park, and will operate both facilities through the
        Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
    -   At the end of 2008, a potable water and wastewater treatment
        facility, which EPCOR will design, build, own and operate, was under
        construction at Suncor's Voyageur site in Fort McMurray, Alberta,
        with commissioning expected in the second quarter of 2009.

    Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant
    -   Located alongside North Saskatchewan River in east Edmonton, the Gold
        Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant handles wastewater requirements for
        more than 700,000 people in the greater Edmonton area.
    -   Current treatment capacity is 310 megalitres (ML)/day. In one year,
        the treatment volume at the plant is roughly 100,000 ML- enough to
        fill 37,000 Olympic-length swimming pools.

    Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant Transfer
    -   Edmonton City Council authorized the transfer of Gold Bar to EPCOR on
        January 21, 2009.
    -   The City retains ownership of the Gold Bar plant through its 100%
        ownership of EPCOR.
    -   City Council will regulate water and wastewater services and rates.
    -   The Gold Bar plant becomes an asset of EPCOR Water Services Inc.
    





For further information:

For further information: Tim le Riche, Corporate Relations, EPCOR, (780)
969-8238, Cell (780) 721-2013, tleriche@epcor.ca

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