Water for Communities

Prior to the construction and development of irrigation infrastructure, human settlement in the southern Alberta region was restricted to areas where permanent standing water was present – typically close to river valleys.  With it’s construction and operation irrigation distribution and storage infrastructure brought water to outlying areas allowing for the development of rural communities. 

Today 50,000 Alberta residents within 50 rural cities, villages, towns as well as farmyards and rural acreages receive water for municipal needs through irrigation infrastructure.  Irrigation infrastructure conveys the water which is treated to provide drinking water, fill swimming pools, provide hockey and curling rinks.  Businesses, who diversify rural economies, choose to locate in these communities because they have access to a safe and secure supply of water diversifying the local economy.  The presence of irrigation infrastructure continues to enhance and sustain these communities providing a good quality of life for individuals in these communities.


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