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Important notice

Effective April 4, 2022, Water Act applications for temporary diversion licences (TDL) and amendments must be submitted through the Digital Regulatory Assurance System (DRAS).

The Water Act Temporary Diversion Licence Electronic Review System (WATERS) will no longer accept new TDL applications from Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) applicants.

Active TDL holders will continue to review and manage their previously issued authorizations in WATERS. This also applies to any pending TDL applications submitted on or before March 30, 2022, in WATERS.

Any TDLs that were issued via WATERS will continue to require reporting in the Water User Reporting System (WURS). Any TDLs that are issued via DRAS will report directly in DRAS.

WATERS will still be active for Alberta Energy Regulator applicants.

New TDL process for AEP-regulated applications

DRAS builds upon the foundation set by WATERS by connecting TDLs with the rest of the regulatory lifecycle. This is another step by AEP toward managing the entire lifecycle of applications in one common system.

Businesses (legal entities) must use a My Alberta Digital ID for Business (MADI-B) account to apply for a TDL in DRAS.

Login to create a MADI-B account

Individuals, not businesses (legal entities), can still use a My Alberta Digital ID account to access DRAS.

Your account in DRAS allows you to:

  • track applications, authorizations and other form submissions
  • delegate authorities – and remove authorities – to others working on submissions for you

Access DRAS

Remaining WATERS uses

  • Previously issued authorizations can still be accessed, reviewed and managed in WATERS.
  • Pending TDL applications submitted on or before March 30, 2022, can still be accessed, reviewed and managed in WATERS.
  • TDLs issued via WATERS will continue to require reporting in the Water User Reporting System (WURS).
  • TDLs that are issued via DRAS will report directly in DRAS.

TDL process for AER-regulated applications

The AER will continue to use WATERS for energy resource related TDL applications.

How to access WATERS for AER-related applications

The Government of Alberta has changed the way it provides secure online access to the Water Act Temporary Diversion Licence Electronic Review System (WATERS).

To continue accessing WATERS, you will be required to log in using a “basic” (unverified) MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI) account. You are not required to obtain a verified digital MADI account.

See the MADI website for more information on types of accounts.

Review the following guide to enable access to WATERS through MADI:

Review the following guides to apply for a TDL in WATERS:

WATERS login

The Government of Alberta has automated the decision-making for low-risk TDL applications and streamlined the issuance of all TDLs. Once enrolled, you or your designated representative can submit a TDL application and any supporting documentation as well as retrieve historical temporary diversion licence information.

General information

For more information on TDLs, see:

Additional information

Red Deer River Tributary

These 2 files complement the Red Deer River Basin TDL (Temporary Diversion Licence) Schedules in WATERS and provide important website address locations that TDL licence holders may rely upon to be in compliance of their licensing conditions. WATERS supports TDL Schedules but not additional supplemental information to the Schedules; therefore, these 2 files are hyperlinked from the Schedules in WATERS and require public access.

View current water restrictions in the province

Before submitting a TDL application, you can preview whether your proposed water source is closed or if it will be subject to review by an approval coordinator.

Contact

Alberta Environment and Parks

For inquiries on TDL applications and authorizations in WATERS:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-6311
Toll-free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

For inquiries on TDL applications and authorizations in DRAS:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-6311
Toll-free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
DRAS: create a Portal Support case in Get Help

Alberta Energy Regulator

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Email: [email protected] (for energy related inquiries)

Connect with WATERS Support for application help and troubleshooting:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Email: [email protected]

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