The Town of Blackfalds receives its drinking water from the City of Red Deer. This high quality water is treated at facilities in Red Deer before being pumped to Blackfalds in the North Red Deer River Regional Water Commission water line.
Water & Wastewater
Reading Your Water Meter
Residences in Blackfalds may have one of 3 types of water meters, which can be read in a variety of ways. Please see this Water Meter document for details on how to read and understand your specific meter and your monthly utility bill.
Water Backflow Prevention
The Town of Blackfalds maintains a Cross Connection Control program for the purpose of safeguarding the public’s water supply from backflow occurrences that could lead to contamination of the water supply. For full details on this program please see the Cross Connection brochure.
Stormwater refers to rainwater and melted snow that flows over roads, parking lots, lawns and other sites in urban areas. Stormwater management practices and overall stormwater management plans help to minimize the impact of this urban runoff flowing directly into our lakes and streams while ensuring the impact that stormwater places on our constructed ponds and drainage courses is mitigated through our best management processes and wetlands development.
Under natural conditions, stormwater is intercepted by vegetation and then absorbed into the ground and filtered and eventually replenishes aquifers or flows into streams and rivers. Later, part of it is returned to the atmosphere in the form of evaportranspiration. In urbanized areas, however, impervious surfaces such as roads and roofs prevent precipitation from naturally soaking into the ground. In Blackfalds, to mitigate the undesirable impacts of urbanization on watercourses and associated infrastructure, stormwater management plans and practices are implemented to preserve the natural hydrologic balance in newly developing areas and re-establish it, wherever possible, in already developed areas.
Our Northwest and East Area Stormwater management plans and existing stormwater guidelines are designed to protect and enhance quality of stormwater discharged to lakes and streams. To accomplish this, new developments not only have to install the traditional stormwater ponds and pipes for the subdivision, but also have to share in the Town's development of constructed wetlands, bioswales and conveyance systems which are designed and built to Alberta Environment and Parks standards. Operationally, the town maintains these systems under Alberta Environment and Parks best management practices for stormwater systems. All these aspects help reduce the volume and frequency of urban area stormwater impacts to our downstream waterbodies.