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Business plans and budgets 2012-2014: Utilities & Environmental Protection (UEP)

On Nov. 29, Council approved the 2012-2014 business plans and budgets. Below is a summary of UEP’s approved plan and budget. For more details view UEP Business Plan and Budget.

​What we do

We work with the community and Corporation to conserve, protect and enhance air, land and water for present and future generations. We protect public health by providing clean drinking water, safely treating wastewater, protecting air quality and collecting recycling and garbage for over one million Calgarians. We also work to ensure a safe workplace for all City employees.

Achieving Council's priority areas

UEP will help to achieve Council’s priority areas by:

  • Implementing a plan to ensure the financial sustainability of water utilities.
  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive waste diversion strategy and capital plan.
  • Continuing to work with City departments and the community to achieve the 80/20 by 2020 waste diversion target, air quality/ greenhouse gas management strategy, water efficiency plan, and stormwater management strategy.
  • Supporting all departments in fostering a safe workplace for all City employees.

Highlights of Council’s approval (Nov. 29, 2011)

Council approved the following key changes to UEP’s proposed business plan and budget:

  • $6.4 million for pre-work and site preparation in 2012, continuing into 2013 with $5.5 million for a composting facility. Work will commence pending Council approval of the strategy in Q2 2012.

Key trends and issues

  • Customer service and stakeholder relations – engage citizens, customers, and stakeholders in order to better understand expectations and demonstrate value to continue to build trust and improve decision-making.
  • Natural resource management – Calgary’s growth continues to put increasing demands on our finite resources.  This requires a continued focus on encouraging behaviour change to protect the environment and public health.
  • Asset management – continued long-range infrastructure planning and a full lifecycle approach are required to provide capacity for growth, manage potential impacts from climate change, meet regulatory requirements and manage risk.
  • Financial management – sound financial management means we must consider current and future needs.
  • Workforce management – continuing to foster a safe and collaborative work environment to ensure employees are engaged, ready to respond to the changing environment and are equipped to deliver quality customer service.

Approved business plan and budget

For more details view UEP Business Plan and Budget.

Net operating budget (in $ millions)

The table below shows tax-supported budget amounts.

Business Unit 2012 2013 2014
Environmental & Safety Mgmt (ESM) $8 $8 $8
Waste & Recycling Services (WRS) $35 $35 $36
Utilities* $0 $0 $0
(*) = Funded by non-tax sources including fees and other revenues.

Department operating expenditures

The chart below shows total spending by this department.

Engagement input

From February to May 2011, more than 23,000 participants provided their input on City services, values, priorities and trade-offs through the Our City. Our Budget. Our Future. engagement process.

Examples of what we heard

  • Interest in collection of residential food and yard waste.
  • Expanded recycling service for multi-family residences.
  • Bi-weekly garbage collection to achieve greater efficiencies.

Examples of how input was used

  • Recommended food and yard waste collection and composting pilot starting in 2012. An approved pilot would allow the testing of bi-weekly garbage collection.
  • Based on Council’s direction, The City is working in collaboration with the private sector to expand recycling services and develop a long-term recycling strategy for multi-family residences (e.g., condos, apartments, etc.)

Budget increase and reductions

Examples of reducing costs with improved efficiencies

  • Operational efficiencies related to blue cart collection have resulted in cost savings resulting in a proposed 19% reduction in blue cart recycling fees for 2012.
  • Full implementation of automated black cart garbage collection has resulted in reduced labour costs, cleaner communities and a safer work environment for employees.

Examples of budget increases

The water utility is self-supported through utility rates and receives no funding from property taxes.  Proposed rate increases are required to pay for significant investments in the water system.  The construction of the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and upgrades to both of our water treatment plants were required to meet the demands of a growing population and increasingly stringent regulations.

Examples of budget reductions with service impacts

A reduction of $131K between 2012-2014 within Contaminated Sites Management's contractual services will result in fewer new contaminated site investigations. The impact will be minimized by prioritizing site investigations based on risk.​​​