In a water distribution system, a Booster Station (pump station) is used to push water through the water mains and increase water pressure at points where the water flow naturally decreases. Water Reservoirs are stationed at specific locations throughout the distribution system to allow for additional storage and supply of potable water to the community.
A Booster Station is comprised of various pumps and valves; pipes; controls; alarms and systems to monitor pump operations and water levels. A water storage reservoir has many of the same components as a booster station; however the largest element of the reservoir is the underground storage facility where potable water is kept in reserve for emergency fire protection purposes as well as distribution to residences.
The City owns and operates three Booster Stations and four water storage reservoirs in Medicine Hat.
Booster Station Names and Locations
Airport Booster Station – Gershaw Drive SW
Kipling Booster Station – Kipling Street SE
North West Booster Station – Brier Park Road NW
Water Storage Reservoir Names and Locations
Main Reservoir – Bannon Avenue SW
North Reservoir – Sanderson Avenue NW
South Reservoir – Spruce Way SE (shown below)
Southview Reservoir – 16 Avenue SE