Taber Irrigation District

TID News: Update Friday, May 18, 2018:

Startup and Allocation:

TID is essentially fully started up. A few isolated areas may not quite be ready. Taber Lake Lateral (Ohashi Drain) can be started any time, but we are hoping to install a culvert before we get the first water order on this reach. You may make water orders for any area of the district, but remember that your ditchrider is quite busy and may not get back to you for several hours. Please wait for a call back to confirm your order and when it will be available for each parcel. The May Water Allocation Forecast has been issued to us by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and based on the volume available on a 90% dry year the board is comfortable with setting an allocation of 16" per acre. This is 2" less than last year, but overall reservoir storage is a little lower.

TID Response to MD State of Local Emergency: TID has obtained a temporary blanket Approval from Alberta Environment and Parks to manage consents from landowners currently on the assessement roll of our district to pump water from ponded land into our open canals, reservoirs and drains. Here is the PROCESS. You MUST complete a consent form and submit it to the TID office (in person, fax or email - scroll to bottom for contact info). Here is the CONSENT FORM. You must then also only pump when you receive written authorization from District Superintendent Barry Jensen.  Fully authorized consent forms must be with the person pumping. Unauthorized drainage activities: AEP Complaints/Emergencies: 1-800-222-6514.

Water Builds Community - Gouw Quality Onions and OWC

Annual General Meeting March 21, 2018; 1:30 PM at Heritage Inn

2017 TID Annual Report

AWC Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Video

Fall 2017 Bulletin

OWC Watershed Fund: You Can Help Support Watershed Health

Alberta Agriculture Drainage Water Quality Fact Sheet



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TID Vision Statement

Our vision is a progressive and cohesive team, supporting the diverse needs of our water users through a heritage of efficient operations, a drive for continuous improvment, and a spirit of collaboration toward responsible water management in Specialty Crop Country

TID Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide sufficient, quality water to our rate payers through collaborative planning, regular upgrading, proactive maintenance and cost-effective operation, enabled by an informed board and dedicated staff using sustainable management practices


"We value the contributions of the irrigation pioneers from whose legacy we operate, and the sound decisions of previous boards and staff that have built a strong foundation."

An excellent history of irrigation in the Oldman Basin can be gained from reading "Quenching the Prairie Thirst - A History of the Magrath Irrigation District, Raymond Irrigation District, Taber Irrigation District, St. Mary River Irrigation District", by John F. Gilpin. We have copies available at our office, but here are the chapters relating to the Taber Irrigation District*:

  • Chapter 9: From the Bountiful Canal Company to the Taber Irrigation District 1908-1917
  • Chapter 10: Drought and Expansion through the Creation of Irrigation Districts 1918-1926
  • Chapter 11: The Taber Irrigation District 1919-1946

*Posted with Permission of the St. Mary River Irrigation District, Copyright 2000 SMRID.