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PLANNING AHEAD

Strategic Plan - This document was developed during the winter of 2013/14 through a process of consultation with our industry partners, our staff and our board of directors. We evaluated our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, identified our core Values, established TID Vision and Mission Statements and set out the Goals and Objectives that we will be working toward.​

14 03 06 CG TID Strategic Plan Document - FINAL.pdf


Long-Term Infrastructure Plan - TID was approaching the end of our General Rehabilitation Plan (GRP), with approximately 90% of our conveyance works having been rehabilitated. Recognizing that technologies change, as well as the expectations of our water users, we hired MPE Engineering to assist us in determining where and how to use our resources to provide the best value. The scope includes meeting related Objectives within the TID Strategic Plan while paying particular attention to aligning with the goals of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development as laid out in "Alberta's Irrigation - A Strategy for the Future: 2013-2035". Our plan moving forward is to make effective use of the Irrigation Rehabilitation Program (IRP) funding (see below) for projects most closely aligning with ARD targets, and supplement this program using own funds to catch up and keep up with rehabilitation and maintenance needs.


Irrigation Rehabilitation Program (IRP) Annual Rolling Three-Year Plan - TID receives funding each year from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD). For 2014 we received $1,127,534 from the province that is cost shared 75/25 with TID contributions of $375,845 for a total of $1,503,379. The current Three-Year Plan will be revised to reflect the outcome of the Long-Term Infrastructure Plan. Some projects have already been revised, taken on using TID funds or removed entirely.

TID Three-Year Plan 2014-2015.pdf


TID Buildings and Yard - TID recognized that our maintenance and fabrication facilities are in need of upgrading to improve the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of our on-site operations. Rather than take a piecemeal approach, we felt it would be best to understand the state of our existing facilities and complete an analysis of what we do and how it can be improved. TID has hired MPE Engineering to complete a Building Condition Review and prepare a Preliminary Design Brief to align with Goal #9 "Optimize TID Buildings and Yard" within our Strategic Plan. With this we will be able to understand both the potential and limitations of our current site so our Board can make informed decisions to meet both our current and future needs.


TID Irrigation Acres & Water Conveyance Agreements - Irrigation acres are what are commonly known as permanent water rights, and have a defined area tied to the land on which irrigation occurs. These have value as they account for an investment in TID conveyance infrastructure and allocation of TID water licenses. Irrigation acres have the highest priority of water use. Terminable or annual agreements can be cancelled by either party and are typically used for irrigation of small parcels.


TID’s irrigation expansion limit is currently 92,200 acres, and including the irrigation and terminable acres currently on our assessment roll, TID has approximately 8,400 acres available to be added to eligible lands. By paying a Capital Assets Charge, irrigation acres can replace terminable acres on parcels of 20 acres or larger, or can be added to any lands that can be served by TID.


Water Conveyance Agreements (WCAs) for water used under existing private licenses can be delivered by TID through our works with payment of an annual volume-based fee. For those requiring new water for other uses (eg. municipal, industrial, commercial, recreational),

TID has room under our amended license, subject to a fee.


The Board of Directors has approved a staged increase in both the Capital Assets Charge (CAC), and the WCA Fee. The following table shows the changes:


                                                                             2017          2018            2019            2020

Irrigation Acre Cap. Assets Charge         $1000         $1200         $1400         $1600

Water Conveyance Agreement Fee         $600           $750           $880            $1010


Adding Irrigation Acres:

Irrigation acres can be added to an existing parcel if there is enough irrigable land available. Common reasons for adding are to increase irrigation on a limited land base, drought protection (with additional assessed acres you can irrigate more inches), and price protection as the Capital Assets Charge goes up.


Irrigation acres can be added to a new parcel. We are a parcel district, and so under the Irrigation Districts Act, any landowner can apply to add a parcel to TID. We will review the Land Irrigability Classification submitted with your application, evaluate our ability to provide a point of delivery, and advertise for 30 days. If approved, the notation “included in the Taber Irrigation District” is added to your land title. Once any outstanding issues are resolved – including any payment for new infrastructure – you can then purchase the irrigation acres and have these added to our assessment roll. A map summarizing the irrigable areas in the vicinity of our works, based on a Level III Classification is available here: New Potential Irrigable Areas in TID


Our Quality Product

We value delivering a reliable supply of clean water in a timely manner.

Our Efficient Operation

We value fiscal responsibility, sustainability and maximizing efficiency and productivity in our operations with a hands-on, straightforward, no-nonsense management approach.

Our Distribution System

TID District Map.pdf

PROJECTS IN TID

Under Goal #3 of our Strategic Plan, TID wants to "achieve the most effective and efficient water supply and distribution system possible".​


To meet this goal we will be accelerating our rehabilitation and our maintenance programs.

We will make the best use of available Irrigation Rehabilitation Program (IRP) funding while targetting additional funds toward further rehabilitation projects to help catch up.

We are also re-allocating our in-house resources and making use of contracted personnel and equipment to ensure that our works are in good condition prior to the start of the irrigation season.



2013/2014 Projects in TID

Rehabilitation - projects that replace conveyance systems or provide a permanent addition to their effectiveness:

Irrigation Rehabilitation Program (IRP) Projects (75/25 cost share):

  • IRP #2268 Lateral G Big Bend - closed PVC pipeline system, gabion wall infiltration system and canal re-grading / armouring. Completed by Cox Excavating Ltd.
  • IRP #2267 Lateral 3 East Horsefly - closed PVC pipeline system, gabion wall infiltration system Completed by TID forces with assistance from Cox Excavating Ltd. & George Miller Excavating


District-Funded Projects:

  • None for 2013/14 



Maintenance - projects that repair or replace worn or damaged components of our works:

Many projects completed as shown in the presentation below:

2014/2015 Projects​ in TID

For 2014-2015 we have several rehabilitation and maintenance projects in the works*:


Rehabilitation - projects that replace conveyance systems or provide a permanent addition to their effectiveness:

Irrigation Rehabilitation Program (IRP) Projects (75/25 cost share):

  • IRP #1988 Big Bend Main Canal - concrete lining system rehabilitated with exposed "Skidmark Geomembrane" liner & tile drain system.
  • IRP #2282 Long Term Infrastructure Plan - consultant (MPE Engineering)
  • IRP #2283 Aquatic Weed & Algae Control Structures - 7 gabion wall infiltration systems and 2 mechanical screener

            Gabion wall location plan: Gabion Wall Locations.pdf

  • IRP #2285 Taber Main Automated Canal Overshot Control Gate - drop leaf gate to maintain upstream level at Lateral 11 Taber
  • IRP #2286 EHMC Automated Canal Overshot Control Gate - drop leaf gate to maintain upstream level at Lateral 10 East Horsefly


District-Funded Projects:

  • Lateral 17 Taber u/s Reach - concrete lining system rehabilitated with exposed "Skidmark Geomembrane" liner

 


Maintenance - projects that repair or replace worn or damaged components of our works:

Refer to following location plan: 2014-2015 Project Location Plan.pdf

  • 1-1: Barnwell Manhole Turnout Replacement - phase 1 of replacing with above-ground turnout structures. Here is the location of the turnouts to be replaced: 14 11 20 CG Barnwell Turnout Site Plan.pdf
  • 1-2: Lateral 6A Barnwell Drainline - replacing tailout ditch with pipeline drain
  • 2-1: Taber Main Canal Overshot Gate - replacing stoplog check with automated overshot gate (see IRP above)
  • 3-1: Repair pipeline leak on tied in line off East Horsefly Lateral 3
  • 3-3: Lateral 15 Headworks (Horsefly Outlet) - repair and improve erosion protection
  • 4-1: H Big Bend Pipeline - manhole & valve repair (Van Geest)
  • 4-2: H Big Bend Pipeline - manhole & valve repair (Wenbourne)
  • 4-3: K Big Bend Pipeline - K2 outlet earthwork repair and armouring
  • 4-4: C Big Bend Pipeline - manhole repair (Setoguchi)
  • 4-5: C Big Bend Pipeline - automated screener upgrades
  • 4-6: G Big Bend - install walkway; repair gabion wall foundation failure
  • 5-1: Lateral M Settling Pond - repair/replace valve; repair motor; Kasko riser/vent; gabion wall (see above)
  • 5-2: Taber Lake Lateral (Ohashi Drain) - repair washout
  • 5-3: North Fincastle West Canal - concrete canal liner patching
  • 5-4: North Fincastle West Canal - remove sand deposits north of correction line
  • 5-5: North Fincastle East Canal - canal bank/erosion repairs - armouring
  • 5-6: North Fincastle East Canal - turnout valve repair
  • 5-7: North Fincastle East Canal - turnout redesign/installation


Here is a presentation of select projects completed in 2014/15:

2014-2015 Maintenance Summary.pdf



*Projects listed are planned for 2014/15 but are subject to change or removal depending on external factors such as bid results, capacity, weather, etc.

2015/2016 Projects​ in TID

For 2015-2016 we have several rehabilitation and maintenance projects in the works*:


Rehabilitation - projects that replace conveyance systems or provide a permanent addition to their effectiveness:

Irrigation Rehabilitation Program (IRP) Projects (75/25 cost share):

  • IRP #2303 Lateral 18 Taber - Settling pond, gabion wall and buried PVC pipeline; Emergency spill system; Canal water quality improvements on remaining drainage system. This project is drawing on reserve funds to complete this in a single year, with IRP recovery over the next two years.
  • IRP #2313 Aquatic Weed & Algae Control Structures (2016) - Installation of four gabion wall infiltration systems and two mechanical screeners in front of TID pipelines.

            Gabion wall location plan: 2016 Gabion Wall Sites.pdf

  • IRP #2285 Taber Main Automated Canal Overshot Control Gate - drop leaf gate to maintain upstream level at Lateral 11 Taber
  • IRP #2286 EHMC Automated Canal Overshot Control Gate - drop leaf gate to maintain upstream level at Lateral 10 East Horsefly


District-Funded Rehabilitation Projects:

None this year - TID is financing Lateral 18 using reserve funds to complete this pipeline in a single year

Maintenance - projects that repair or replace worn or damaged components of our works:


  • Barnwell Manhole Turnout Replacement - phase 2 of replacing with above-ground turnout structures. Here is the location of the turnouts to be replaced: Barnwell Turnout Site Plan.pdf
  • 7C East Horsefly Pipeline - camera condition assessment and repair as required
  • Lateral 15 Plunge Pool - minor maintenance on riprap and downstream weir
  • Lateral G and Lateral K Big Bend Gabion Walls - retrofit bypass system
  • Lateral K Big Bend - repair seal on concrete division box in S 1/2 30-10-15-4
  • Walkways - widen and/or add handrails on select walkways

Other District-Funded Projects:

  • TID Welding and Fabrication Facility - replacing 1940's era structure with new facility to meet long-term needs.

*Projects listed are planned for 2015/16 but are subject to change or removal depending on external factors such as bid results, capacity, weather, etc.