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For a nominal fee, a producer or group of producers can rent pipe and pumping equipment as outlined from the department to fill dugouts or other suitable catch basins from nearby water sources.

  • any full-time Alberta agricultural producer experiencing water shortages for domestic and livestock use has priority for equipment use
  • equipment and pipe is sent from dispatch locations to the pumping site
  • technical assistance is provided for proper operation

Agricultural Water Specialists can also be contacted, if you require recommendations on constructing or maintaining a safe / secure water supply by phoning: 310-FARM (3276).

Outline your request

Be prepared to provide the following information to apply for equipment use:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Legal land location
  • Municipal District / county
  • Water source
  • Distance to be pumped
  • Estimated lift
  • Date equipment wanted
  • Days required

The Water Pumping Program Equipment Rental Application and Contract (PDF, 30 KB) contains the legal Terms and Conditions.

Submit application

Mail your application and payment cheque to:

Water Pumping Program
Irrigation and Farm Water Division
Room 206, 7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 5T6

Payment by MasterCard or Visa is available: 780-422-5000
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday (closed statutory holidays)


After you apply

A coordinator or driver for your area will contact you to coordinate equipment delivery arrangements shortly before your equipment request date.

For consideration

Applicants should be aware that a temporary diversion license(s) is usually required to draw water from rivers, streams or permanent bodies of water such as lakes or sloughs.

Applicants are encouraged to contact their local Regional Support Person (Water) of Alberta Environment and Protected Areas for information on obtaining this license.

Rural water

There are 151 water co-operatives throughout the province (Alberta Federation of Rural Water Co-operatives). Many formed in the 1960s and 1970s to provide water service to their immediate area, offering advice or technical assistance.

Alberta Environment and Protected Areas is involved in water quality and water licensing issues.


Phone: 310-FARM (3276)

Connect with staff of the Water Pumping Program:

Phone: 780-422-5000
Toll-free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

Water Pumping Program
Irrigation and Farm Water Division
Room. 206, 7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 5T6

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