Alberta Continues To Invest In Irrigation

Aug 10, 2020

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Three new irrigation-based projects were announced this week for the Taber area and one for  Raymond as part of Alberta's $10-million Irrigation Rehabilitation Program.
Overall, the projects are expected to cost close to $40 million dollars.
Alberta’s Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda says the first project for the Taber area will cost about $22.2 million and involves flood mitigation. 
Phase two is a wetland project valued at $7.4 million to deal with the excess water in the area.
Phase three is worth $500,000 and will focus on the corrosion issue and providing safe, clean drinking water for Taber.
The Raymond area project is worth about $8 million and will involve the expansion of the wastewater sewage system.
In another announcement this week, over $2.6 million dollars has been announced for the St. Mary River Irrigation District.
Devin Dreeshen, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, says the crumbling infrastructure on the St. Mary River network highlights the importance of ongoing maintenance and rehabilitation.
He notes investments in irrigation will attract value-added food processors that will create full-time jobs and expand our economy.
Earlier this week, Alberta announced  $1.1 million in funding for the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District.
Alberta’s irrigated land makes up almost 70 per cent of all irrigated acres in Canada.
Within the province’s irrigation districts, there are more than 42 reservoirs and about 7,600 kilometres of conveyance works, including canals and pipelines, which carry nearly two billion cubic metres of water per year.
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