Groundwater Source Development Program Update

UPDATE - October 27, 2017

On October 5, 2017, Corix Utilities was authorized by the Office of the Deputy Comptroller of Water Rights to move ahead with the proposed Groundwater Source Development Program.

Download the Notice of Approval

We are now finalizing cost estimates and the design, which will also be subject to approval by the Deputy Comptroller before construction begins. After final approval from the Deputy Comptroller, we will begin construction. We will continue to provide updates as construction begins and progresses.

Please see the updated summary of key steps below, which includes what has been completed to date and changes to the timeline moving forward.

Corix Utilities is undertaking a program to secure a new drinking water supply for the Panorama community. The Groundwater Source Development Program is necessary for Corix to meet the requirements of Interior Health Authority’s Drinking Water Quality Improvement Program, to replace aging infrastructure and to ensure the long-term security of a safe drinking water source for the utility and its customers.

The purpose of this program is to develop a new drinking water source for the Panorama community so that customers consistently and reliably receive drinking water that meets Interior Health’s water quality requirements and Health Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. Associated with the implementation of a new drinking water source is the construction of infrastructure for the transportation of raw water from the well source to a new reservoir and improvements to associated infrastructure.

The following summary outlines the key steps required to implement the program, the stages completed to date and the proposed schedule for implementation of the new system:


Project Task 


Assessment of options for provision of a cost-effective and reliable drinking water source including assessment of current and future demand.


Development of test wells, pump testing and water analysis testing. 


Preliminary engineering design including surveying, preliminary geotechnical assessment, and associated hydrological assessment.


Development of budgeting including costing by specialty contractors and equipment suppliers.


Determination of financing models and securing of financing source for project.


Submission of application to Comptroller of Water Rights.

November 2016

Public Open House at Panorama Mountain Resort and Calgary, Alberta

June 2017

Comptroller of Water Rights’ approval of application and determination that project is in the public interest.

October 2017

Final engineering design and tendering of works. Obtain construction permits, Crown land authorizations, MOE approvals, IHA approvals, etc.

Fall 2017/Winter 2018

Commencement of construction of waterlines, booster station, reservoir, chlorination and UV facilities and other associated infrastructure.

Spring 2018

Submission of new tariff and rate structure to Comptroller of Water Rights to reflect increased costs associated with new water system.

Winter 2018

Commissioning of new water system.

Spring 2019

If you have any questions about the Groundwater Source Development Program for Panorama please contact Richard Haworth.

Panorama Mountain Resort Groundwater Source Development Program Project Application - November 28, 2016