Black Diamond, Turner Valley face dwindling water supply

The towns of Turner Valley and Black Diamond are in a hurry to find a new source of water.

Last June's flooding knocked out treatment plant, left both towns in need of new wells

Flooding last June washed out the Sheep River bridge, leaving Turner Valley residents cut off from Black Diamond. The disaster destroyed the water treatment facility in Black Diamond, forcing the town to rely on water from nearby Turner Valley. (Alberta Transportation)

The towns of Black Diamond and Turner Valley are in a hurry to find a new source of water.

Since losing its water treatment plant in the flood last June, Black Diamond has been getting water pumped over from Turner Valley, which is just west across the Sheep River.

But because both towns also lost wells in the flood and there is currently only a 71-day water supply, Black Diamond Mayor Sharlene Brown said the situation is getting urgent.

“There is water going into the water reservoir, it’s just not a lot to be able to meet the demands of what we need as communities to live on,” she said.

“Things within the river system moved and, you know, our wells are no longer viable and Turner Valley wells, we lost Turner Valley wells as well. So we have to find new sources of water.”

The communities have water use restrictions in place, including a ban on car washing and limits on toilet flushing and washing.

Brown said the longer-term goal is for the two towns to share a new water treatment facility.