Utility Infrastructure

With environmental realities calling for increased attention to stewardship, it will take the entire community to make sure all of our utilities make the smallest possible footprint. Partnership is part of our utility tradition; over time, the Town of Hinton’s water and waste utilities have taken shape in partnership with local industry.
"11% Waste diverted from landfill" - Town of Hinton

Communities in Bloom judges marked our community lower than others in waste diversion and reduction, suggesting more can be done.
“Recycling could be enhanced. The system now rewards garbage producing household because of weekly pickup; it‟s more work to recycle. Households that recycle don‟t need weekly garbage pickup, so a discount for biweekly or monthly pickup should exist.” - Community Consultation Participant
Water
Potable water within the Municipality of Hinton is supplied by West Fraser and the Town of Hinton under agreement with West Fraser Mills Ltd., which holds the provincial licence to withdraw water from the Athabasca River at Hinton.

The treatment system underwent a $9-million upgrade in 2010 to improve water quality and energy efficiency. While projected to serve current and medium-term needs, the system will require ongoing work to replace deteriorated components and expand capacity.

The hamlets of Brule and Cadomin are served by county-operated systems; more distant parts of Yellowhead County have opted for community systems, wells, surface water systems or delivered services.
“Education is Number 1. Get the word out about the importance of taking care of our water. In schools, for a start.” - Community Consultation Participant
Wastewater
Sanitary waste produced within the municipality of Hinton is directed to West Fraser, which uses the raw sewage to break down plant by-product. The wastewater is then treated in lagoon pits and released back into the Athabasca River. Wastewater from rural residents is treated in lagoons or onsite septic tanks for transport to authorized treatment facilities.

Energy
Co-ops and private energy suppliers meet natural gas needs in the community. Electricity is generated throughout Alberta, primarily by coal-fired plants. Geothermal energy is in use in some area buildings.

Landfill
Solid Waste
Our commercial and household waste goes to the West Yellowhead Regional Landfill. Rural residents can take their waste to transfer stations, from which it is hauled to the landfill. Residents and businesses in the town of Hinton diverted 1,271 tonnes of waste in 2009, sending 10,657 tonnes to landfill.

Sorted recyclable materials are collected at three town-operated drop- off points, a bottle depot and county transfer stations. A community- operated Share Shop takes used clothing and small household goods and resells them for a minimal fee; Neighbourlink accepts appliances and furniture free of charge and charges a nominal fee for delivery to homes.