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Sustaining Alberta’s water supply

We expect Alberta’s population to double by 2050. Even with the progress made, Albertans’ demand for water will continue to increase. As such, our priority is to ensure Alberta has the quality and quantity of water, when and where it is needed.

Funding and expertise to protect Alberta’s water 

We support water innovation that will:

  1. Help to create a cleantech industry in water treatment;
  2. Improve water use, conservation, efficiency, and productivity by 30 percent by 2030; and/or,
  3. Provide safe, secure, and reliable water resources while maintaining healthy aquatic ecosystems. 

Four key areas

Future water supply and watershed management

The Rockies provide all of Alberta’s major rivers and watersheds water. Global warming and the increasing frequency of extreme weather conditions, however, continue to affect glaciers and snow packs. We must clearly understand and quantify the Rockies’ ability to continue providing a stable water supply in the coming decades.

Healthy aquatic ecosystems

Population growth and global climate change further impacts the health of aquatic ecosystems. Of particular concern is the eutrophication of lakes, wetlands conservation, and potential contamination in the Lower Athabasca.

Water use: conservation, efficiency, and productivity 

All sectors are impacted by water use; and although there have been many improvements, we need a greater effort to be made in the areas of municipal water use, oil sands surface mining, and power sectors.

Water quality protection

Safeguarding Alberta’s water supply requires an improved understanding of the pathogens and contaminants in both surface and groundwater. While drinking water and wastewater treatment systems are currently serving large urban areas well, aging infrastructure and a rapidly growing population will continue to put pressure on them. Rural Albertans and indigenous communities are in critical need of a focused approach to their unique water security issues. 

How project funding works

We provide most funding through a combination of open competition and a continuous intake process, so contact us for more information.

We’ve opened this program to researchers, innovators, small and medium sized enterprises, large companies and consortia who are seeking:

  • funding,
  • expertise, and/or
  • sector leadership to advance knowledge and technology for commercialization and industrial use.

To view final reports and project summaries associated with this program, view our Project Library.