Controlled release from Brazeau Reservoir - 5 p.m. August 24th
Due to the heavy rainfall in central Alberta, TransAlta will increase the water flowing through the Brazeau Reservoir up to 200 cubic metres per second (m3/s), starting at 5 p.m. tonight.
There should be no significant increase in the North Saskatchewan River level due to our changed operations.
There is no need for us to begin using the spillway.
We have been holding back extra water in the reservoir/lake, which will be released over the next 4-5 days. We will use our plant and our generators to release the water.
While we have changed our operations to respond to this significant rainfall, we remain within the permitted operations of our water license and regulators are aware.
The rain event has affected only rivers and creeks, not lake elevations, with the exception of the Brazeau reservoir/lake, which has increased because we are holding more water there.
We will continue to monitor the situation for this weather event.
At this time, there is no additional release required from the Bighorn plant and it will continue normal operations.
You can keep an eye on Alberta River flows by downloading the Alberta Rivers Data and Advisory App here: http://open.alberta.ca/i…/alberta-rivers-data-and-advisories