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Alberta government harnesses tech to combat drought crisis

Alberta government harnesses tech to combat drought crisis

Insight Point:

With the looming threat of a drought, the Alberta government is proactively investing in water innovation programs to ensure communities have access to safe drinking water.

Alberta Government’s Water Innovation Initiatives


  • The Alberta government is investing over $75 million in water innovation programs to support the development of new technologies for safe drinking water.
  • The City of Airdrie is collaborating with neighboring municipalities to monitor drought conditions and develop readiness plans.

The Alberta government, through Alberta Innovates, has allocated significant funds to support water innovation projects aimed at optimizing water resources and ensuring communities have access to sufficient drinking water. This investment has already supported 101 completed projects, with 65 more in progress, totaling over $256 million in project value. These initiatives will not only provide safe and secure drinking water but also promote the health of aquatic ecosystems.

Nate Glubish, Minister of Technology and Innovation, emphasized the role of technology in driving innovation across industries. One such technology developed at the University of Alberta utilizes a granular sludge reactor to increase the quantity of treated water that can be recycled and reused. This innovation is currently being piloted in Calgary’s wastewater treatment plant with promising results.

Laura Kilcrease, CEO of Alberta Innovates, highlighted the importance of the Water Innovation Program in ensuring a reliable water supply for communities, businesses, farms, and ecosystems. In addition to the ongoing projects, the Alberta government recently announced an additional $35 million investment to optimize water usage and mitigate the impact of future droughts on communities.

Proactive Measures in Airdrie

The City of Airdrie is taking proactive steps to prepare for potential drought conditions. Collaborating with neighboring municipalities, the city is monitoring the situation closely and developing comprehensive readiness plans for local businesses and residents. In anticipation of continued dry conditions, the city has suggested that outdoor watering restrictions and conservation measures may be necessary in 2024.

As the government and local communities work together to address the challenges posed by drought, it is evident that proactive measures and innovative solutions are essential for ensuring a sustainable water supply for the future.

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