March 26, 2020
As we all struggle to deal with the current COVID 19 pandemic; Public Works continues to ensure that essential services continue to be provided. Our main focus at this time is to protect the health and well-being of our Water and Wastewater Operators and to keep our water and wastewater systems in compliance with all provincial and federal regulations.
With changes to our work practices our staff resources are being stretched. This may result in slower response times to resident concerns. While you are still encouraged to report major issues or concerns you may notice in the community please be patient while we respond to the many tasks we are dealing with.
Thank you for your patience and co-operation while we deal with these unprecedented circumstances.
Stay safe Penhold
Nancy McAteer, Town of Penhold Public Works Manager
Spring Clean-Up held annually at the end of May.
Yard Waste Bins are open seasonally May through October located south of Multiplex by ball diamond off Waskasoo Ave.
Town of Penhold Public Works Department will once again be bringing yard waste bins in for resident use disposing of household yard waste. The bins will be located south of the Penhold Regional Multiplex near the Waskasoo Ave ball diamond. Bins will be arriving May 1, 2020. Please refer to list below for which yard waste items are acceptable in the bins.
- Branches - must be shorter than 4' and smaller than 1" in diameter
- Bags of any sort, including paper yard waste bags
- Garbage of any sort
- Animal feces
Garbage/recycling pick up will also be completed on statutory holidays with the exception of Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Our Public Works staff makes every effort to ensure that our streets are clear of snow and ice during the winter months. Please be patient as we complete this process. Snow plowing and/or removal on streets will be started after a heavy snowfall (15cm) or once accumulations have reached 15cm.
The priority areas are as follow:
Priority one includes main thoroughfares and bus routes.
Priority two are businesses, streets and avenues.
Priority three are closes, courts and places – these are cleared once all other major areas are complete.
Click here for Snow Removal Priority Map.
The Town of Penhold reminds residents the storm retention ponds are not measured for ice depth in the winter. There may be water flowing into these systems during the winter months, so town officials ask everyone to stay off the ice as there may be a danger of thin ice.
About Public Works
The Public Works Department Consists of 1 manager, 1 supervisor, 6 full time operators, 1 full time landscape/horticulturist, 1 full time administration and utility clerk, 1 part time admin/safety and 7 temporary summer staff. What do we do?
These areas are:
- Snow Removal
- Street Sweeping
- Maintain Roadways, sidewalks & alleys
- Maintain infrastructure
- Storm Water Management
- Operate Water systems
- Maintain Quality drinking water
- Hydrant/Line flushing
- Install/read water meters
- Calculate & send out utility bills
- Reporting to Government agencies
- Operate regional sewer line
- Operate wastewater collection system
- Sewer line flushing
- Maintain garbage receptacles around public property in Penhold
Park & Recreation
- Operate/maintain outdoor recreational facilities
- Maintain parks and green spaces
- Memorial Hall maintenance
Can anyone work in water and wastewater?
No. Alberta Environment mandates certification for Water & Wastewater Operators. Certification is obtained through combination of education, experience and passing the Government examination. Continuing education is required to maintain certification.
Are there checks done to make sure the water is safe?
The Town of Penhold water is treated to comply with Alberta Drinking Water Regulations
Public Works Department Yearly Maintenance Schedule