Wastewater Management Strategy

Wastewater may contain many pollutants, such as disease-causing pathogens, suspended solids, decaying organic matter, nutrients, and hundreds of different chemicals. Many of these pollutants can be removed from wastewater through different kinds of wastewater treatment. However, if treatment of wastewater before release is inadequate or ineffective, these pollutants can have negative impacts on receiving environments, the fish and wildlife that live in those environments, and on the health of surrounding communities. Across all of Canada, untreated or undertreated wastewater effluent is the largest source of water pollution. Each year, over 150 billion litres of improperly treated wastewater effluent is released to Canadian waterbodies.

The goal of TSAG’s comprehensive wastewater management strategy is to assist Alberta First Nations in developing a community-specific wastewater management plan that is tailored to each community’s needs. A holistic, comprehensive approach to wastewater management helps communities take action at each stage of the wastewater management cycle to protect community health, drinking water supplies, and the environment.

The strategy consists of developing:

  • Maintenance management plan
  • Operator training plans
  • Emergency response plans
  • Standard operations plan
  • Monitoring plan – including sample collection and data interpretation training, and the development of a record keeping plan

The strategy is divided into 3 phases that can be completed in the order best suited to the needs, resources, and/or priorities of each community.

For more information, please contact TSAG’s Environment Department at 780.483.8601.