PUBLISHED: 11 February 2022

Taber Irrigation District 

The following is a complete list of all projects included in the Taber Irrigation District (TID) under this program. There are four modernization projects and one shared reservoir project. 

Modernization Projects 

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North Fincastle West Pipeline 

This project includes one new pipeline to improve the efficiency of water delivery to approximately 3,250 acres on 24 parcels of land irrigated from Fincastle Reservoir east of the Town of Taber. A new pipeline inlet structure and screen system within the North Fincastle approach channel will serve both the existing North Fincastle East canal and the new North Fincastle West pipeline. Existing sublateral pipelines served from the existing North Fincastle West canal will be tied in, as will the existing pipe spill to the Oldman River. This will increase delivery efficiency and pressure to farm turnouts, reduce operational spill, and improve dam safety by increasing emergency spill capacity and extending the time of year during which emergency spill can take place.  

Schedule  

Construction will start in the Fall of 2021 and be substantially completed for the 2022 irrigation season.  

Cost Estimate  

Initial estimate: $3,200,000.

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Lateral 1B Barnwell Pipeline

This project includes installing one new pipeline to improve the efficiency of delivery to approximately 900 acres on 11 parcels of land irrigated from the SMRID main canal northwest of Barnwell. A closed pipeline, capable of handling gravity pressure, will replace a low-pressure open pipeline, eliminating operational spill, while increasing delivery efficiency and pressure to farm turnouts. 

Schedule 

This project will begin design by fall 2021. It is intended to be constructed during either the spring or fall of 2022, to be substantially completed by the 2023 irrigation season.  

Cost Estimate 

Initial estimate: $1,006,926.

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Big Bend Main Pipeline

This project includes installing a mainline pipeline and several lateral pipelines, with tie-ins to several existing pipelines to improve the efficiency of delivery to approximately 22,100 acres on 186 parcels of land irrigated from the northwest corner of Taber Reservoir, east of the Town of Taber. A new pipeline inlet structure and screen system will be constructed in collaboration with the Horsefly Emergency Spillway project, which will serve all parcels currently served by the Big Bend Main Canal. The entire system will be a closed pipeline, which will increase delivery efficiency and pressure to farm turnouts, reduce operational spill, and improve dam safety by increasing emergency spill capacity and extending the time of year during which emergency spill can take place. 

Schedule 

This project will begin design in fall 2021. It is intended to be constructed over three years and to be substantially completed for the 2025 irrigation season. Reaches of the serviced area will be staged based on operational limitations and internal/external construction planning. 

Cost Estimate 

Initial estimate: $30,662,976.

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Lateral M Big Bend Pipeline

This project includes installing one new pipeline to improve the efficiency of water delivery to approximately 2,700 acres on 27 parcels of land irrigated from the northeast corner of Taber Reservoir, east of the Town of Taber. The existing canal headgate will be modified to function as a pipeline inlet structure and will be fitted with a new screen system within the existing approach channel. The pipeline will tie into an existing sublateral pipeline, and will eliminate a booster pump station, allowing these parcels to be served by gravity pressure. 

Schedule 

This project will begin design in fall 2021. It is intended to be constructed in the fall of 2022 and to be substantially completed for the 2023 irrigation season. 

Cost Estimate 

Initial Estimate: $6,015,867

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Reservoir Projects 

Chin Reservoir Expansion 

Taber Irrigation District (TID) receives all water deliveries under its water licenses from Alberta Environment and Parks via the St. Mary River Irrigation District (SMRID) Main Canal. Under the Main Canal Agreement, including SMRID, TID and Raymond Irrigation District (RID), the operation and maintenance of both the canal and in-line reservoirs are shared proportionally. TID will be participating 15 per cent toward the Chin Reservoir Expansion project through the publicly announced funding arrangement and will benefit from 15 per cent of the achieved water savings through improved balancing.  

Refer to the SMRID projects overview for the description, schedule and cost estimate of this project.