The provincial Water Pumping Program helps livestock producers needing to secure adequate water supplies.
For a nominal fee, a producer (or group) can rent pipe and pumping equipment to fill dugouts or other catch basins from nearby water sources. Any producer experiencing water shortages for livestock use has priority for equipment use, which will be delivered to the pumping from dispatch locations.
Technical assistance is provided for proper operation and a temporary diversion licence is usually required to draw water from rivers, streams, lakes and sloughs (applicants need to cite the water source as well as distance to be pumped, and estimated lift).
For more information, call 310-FARM (3276) or go to alberta.ca.
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