This initiative is part of the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP) and allows municipalities to apply for funding for studies to review or identify water or wastewater needs.


Funding for AMWWP is determined each budget cycle. Municipalities under this initiative are eligible for funding on the same cost-sharing basis as the AMWWP.

The final grant will be based on actual study costs to an upset limit established at the time of funding approval.


Municipalities with a population of 10,000 or less that are eligible for funding under the AMWWP can apply for funding under the studies initiative.

Eligible projects

Funding may be available for the following types of studies, subject to a detailed assessment of eligibility by the department.

Preliminary engineering assessments

These assessments are to review and identify water and wastewater upgrading requirements to existing systems which may then be incorporated into short-term and long-term capital work plans.

Studies should:

  • investigate the need for the project
  • demonstrate cost-effectiveness of the recommended alternative
  • establish a priority for implementation
  • examine affordability of the improvements
  • examine financing methods for the municipal share of the costs
  • examine ways to encourage water conservation and consumption-based rate structures

Engineering studies

These studies are to help to establish a 5-year capital works program for water and wastewater improvements.

Such studies:

  • outline the necessary improvements for each year of the five-year plan
  • estimate the improvement costs
  • present the plan in such a way that annual updates can be undertaken

All services engaged under this Initiative must be from the private sector.

Project(s) identified as a result of studies conducted under this initiative will not automatically receive funding.

Eligible costs

Funding may be available for associated costs, including:

  • engineering costs
  • survey fees
  • well exploration and testing costs

Ineligible costs

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • municipal labour and equipment
  • administration expenses such as all municipal employee and council member salaries, and office administration costs
  • annual updates of five-year capital works program studies produced under this initiative
  • GST

How to apply

Municipalities can follow the AMWWP application process. They must also submit the following:

  • a letter requesting funding
  • a copy of the engineering proposal
  • an implementation schedule
  • an upset limit of estimated costs


For more information about the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership, find your region by checking the Municipalities, Locations and Corresponding Alberta Transportation Regions list (PDF, 608 KB), then contact the Infrastructure Manager in your local Alberta Transportation Regional Office:

Central Region

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 403-340-5166
Fax: 403-340-4810

Infrastructure Manager
4th Floor, Provincial Building
4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta  T4N 6K8
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North Central Region

Hours: 8:15 am to 12:00 pm and 1 pm to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-674-4700

Infrastructure Manager
4513 62 Avenue
Barrhead, Alberta  T7N 1A5
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Peace Region

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-624-6280
Fax: 780-624-2440

Infrastructure Manager
1st Floor, Provincial Building 
9621 96 Avenue
Peace River, Alberta  T8S 1T4
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Southern Region

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 403-381-5426

Infrastructure Manager
3rd Floor, Administration Building
909 3 Avenue North
Lethbridge, Alberta  T1H 0H5
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