Dockman and Associates Ltd. own and operate a water treatment and distribution system known as the East Airdrie Waterworks System, which provides drinking water to residents near the Hamlet of Balzac. The facility’s approval expired on June 1and subsequent application requirements of the owner-operator have not been met that would allow for a new approval or extension to be granted.

Numerous instances of non-compliance were found during two inspections conducted in 2012 and 2013. These contraventions could result in drinking water that does not meet Environment and Sustainable Resource Development’s requirements.   Despite numerous attempts by ESRD staff to bring this water treatment facility into compliance, the company has refused to do so.

Dockman and Associates Ltd.’s approval originally expired on June 1, 2012, and no application for renewal was received. They were given a one year extension to submit an application and failed to do so.

Under the enforcement order, Dockman and Associates Ltd. must cease all operations as of June 2, 2013. The order also requires the following:

  • the continued operation of the water plant to supply potable water to the residents in a safe manner, according to the operational and monitoring requirements described in the order; and,
  • the submission of a complete application to register to the Code of Practice for A Waterworks System Consisting Solely of a Water Distribution System by August 1 using water from the Rocky View Water Co-op.

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development focuses on education, prevention and enforcement to ensure all Albertans continue to enjoy a clean and healthy environment. When individuals or companies fail to comply with legislation, a number of options are available depending on the offence to ensure compliance with environmental regulations. Orders are issued under Alberta's environmental legislation to ensure immediate action is taken to correct a situation.

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Nikki Booth
Communications
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
780-427-8636
nikki.booth@gov.ab.ca
@AENV_SRD

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