Sheep River Regional Utility Corporation (SRRUC) is a partnership between the Town of Black Diamond, Town of Turner Valley, Foothills County and the Village of Longview. SRRUC has been operating since 2016 and was created to replace the Quad Regional Water Partnership (QRWP). The municipally-owned utility corporation operates the supply, treatment, and transmission of wholesale potable water to its customers - the member municipalities.
The QRWP was originally formed in 2008 as a way for the communities of Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Longview and Foothills County to explore the feasibility of establishing a regional water system for delivering a 25-year plan for potable water supply. Following a governance study, the QRWP signed a Memorandum of Understanding on October 9, 2012, to guide the implementation of a municipally-owned utility corporation.
The focus of work changed drastically in 2013 when an unprecedented flood destroyed major components of the existing water system. Post flood, new infrastructure was needed and constructed to provide safe drinking water.
Stakeholders & Ownership
SRRUC is administered by a Board of Directors, made up of seven shareholder representatives. SRRUC shareholders include the Town of Black Diamond, Town of Turner Valley, and Foothills County, who have invested into the system. Ownership and control of the corporation, along with water allocation is based on this investment. Town of Black Diamond and Town of Turner Valley are each represented by three Directors on the Board, while Foothills County is represented by one Director. The Village of Longview has not invested in the system but remains involved to understand potential options for future water supply needs. Each member municipality is responsible for providing a water license for their respective water allocation and for the distribution of potable water to their customers, which includes water delivery, metering, and billing for water services.