Water & Wastewater

Utilities

The Town of Olds maintains over 200 kilometres of underground water and waste water distribution systems. 

Storm Water

The Town is responsible to provide an adequate outlet for storm water generated within the town boundary and provide for protection of downstream landowners as directed by Alberta Environment & Parks. The storm water system is maintained by Operations and directed by policy. This includes inspections of all:

  • Storm grates after any rainfall event;

  • Flushing (regular program) storm water, underground system;
  • Regular maintenance of open drainage and monitoring system; and
  • Discharge or outfalls from storm water management are regulated by Alberta Environment and Parks.
  • The areas of responsibility are sewer line blockages, lift station failure, manhole covers ajar or off, as well as sewer mains that need regular flushing and cleaning.

Water System

The Town continues to actively find, investigate, and repair water lines to reduce our water losses. This is an ongoing focus with our water distribution system within our aging underground infrastructure.

The Town is responsible for the supply, distribution and fire protection supply of potable water to Olds residents, businesses and industry. The Utilities function is responsible for the maintenance and certified operation of the water supply system as outlined by Alberta Environment and Parks, Code of Practice - solely for operating a distribution system.

There are two reservoirs with in the Town of Olds, one with 2,000,000 gallons and the other with 500,000 gallons, and pump houses that shall be routinely inspected and water consumption readings taken.

Residents in the Town of Olds receive their water from the Mountain View Regional Water Services Commission, a safe, reliable source of potable water for our citizens. The Mountain View Regional Water Services Commission owns and operates the Anthony Henday Water Treatment Plant, which is situated on the banks of the Red Deer River northwest of Innisfail. The Mountain View Regional Water Services Commission at its discretion may impose Water Restrictions on its member communities at any time.

Wastewater System

The Town of Olds’ first wastewater treatment plant was installed in the 1950s. Throughout the decades numerous upgrades were made to the sewage plant until it saw its “last flush” on July 30, 2015. The Wastewater Treatment Plant was decomissioned soon after.  Wastewater in the Town of Olds is now transferred through the South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission which brings untreated wastewater to the City of Red Deer sewage facilities for treatment and disposal. The South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission (SRDRWC) is composed of the Towns of Olds, Bowden, Innisfail, and Penhold, Mountain View County and Red Deer County. The SRDRWC Wastewater Transmission system allows for untreated wastewater from each of the 6 (six) member communities to be treated to higher standards at the City of Red Deer Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. This helps protect the aquatic environment and the quality of source water for much of Central Alberta.

The Town of Olds currently operates and maintains 3 wastewater lift stations which are used to move wastewater from lower to higher elevations, where natural gravity flow decreases. 

Sewer Backups

Sewer backup occurs when something blocks the normal flow of wastewater from your house to the Town’s wastewater line. When this happens, foul water often comes up through the floor drain or toilet in your basement. When sewer backup is reported to us, we will inspect the wastewater main line in front of your property. Our inspection will determine whether the backup is due to a problem with a municipal main line, or your property's service line. It is best practice to call a plumber first to start the initial examination of your wastewater line to determine the location of the blockage.

  • If the service line within your property is identified as the source or the sewer backup problem, the repair is the property owner's responsibility;
  • If a service line on municipal property is identified as the source of the problem, the Town will review to determine how best to proceed. The Town of Olds bylaws specify that we will compensate the owner or occupant for the cost of the video inspection, and complete repairs as necessary, if the source of the backup is identified on municipal property.

A sewer backup is an insurable risk. If damage to your premises occurred as a result of the backup, contact your insurance company for help.

Contact

To report a sewer backup to the Town's Utilities Department, call 403-556-6981.

What is truly flushable?

It isn’t cotton swabs, dental floss or feminine hygiene products and it is definitely not baby wipes. It doesn’t matter if the package is marked as "flushable”, baby wipes do not actually breakdown in the sewage system. Moreover, wipes compound problems already caused by non-desirables such as fats, oils, greases, and dental floss, which grab onto the wipes and snowball into huge blockages. These products collect in our cells and plug up the Town’s infrastructure costing a great deal of money in maintenance and repairs. 

Please do your part and help maintain the Town of Olds infrastructure by following these guidelines and only flush: 

  • Human waste
  • Toilet paper
  • Biodegradable materials  

Please do not flush the following: 

  • Facial Tissue

  • Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes, etc.

  • Toilet bowl scrub pads
  • Swiffer pads
  • Napkins (paper or cloth), paper towels
  • Dental floss
  • Eggshells, nutshells, and coffee grounds
  • Fats, oils, and greases
  • Hair
  • Sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, or any other non-organic material
  • Vitamins, medicines or other pharmaceuticals
  • Sheet plastic, or plastic of any kind
  • Diapers (cloth, disposable, "flushable”)