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Water legislation and resources

Water forms, codes of practice, guidelines and legislation.

Services and information

Information and online application for temporary diversion of water.

Complete application and planning forms before undertaking an activity that may affect a waterbody or the land around it.

The Water Act protects water for household and agricultural use and no licence is needed for either type of diversion.

For Water Act Code of Practice notices, applicants must complete and submit the relevant notice forms online.

Water conservation objectives protect natural water bodies and their aquatic environments.

Regulations and guidelines, including the Water Act, govern the management and protection of Alberta's water.

Water quality guidelines for surface water, including aquatic life, agriculture and recreation and aesthetics.