Water Supply Challenges for Rural Alberta – Melissa Orr, Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development

Over the past few years, rural Alberta has seen some expansion. Some are people from other provinces or abroad who found work here, some are children of farmers going into business for themselves, and some just want out of the city. Many of those people dream about a quiet country life, away from the noise and constant activity of the city. For people who have never lived in the country before, that is a big adjustment. Some things like water supply are taken for granted.
Water supply can become a critical issue quickly depending on your usage, and accurately measuring consumption becomes a necessity in all the plans you have for your property, big or small. On existing farms looking to expand their livestock operations, calculating consumption can help determine if they need to expand their dugout before they expand their operation. A close look at water consumption and available sources can help both rural producers and residents avoid any potentially disruptive or expensive problems.

Melissa Orr works as an agricultural water engineer for Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development. I spoke to her recently at the Water, Agriculture and the Environment Conference in Lethbridge, Alberta about some of the issues that accompany rural water supply.

If you cannot see the embedded video below click here.

 

Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

Trending

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept 20: Red clover, red soybeans and double cobs of corn

Host Peter Johnson is back in the office for this episode of The Word. In trying to catch up on a plethora of questions, Johnson discusses: wheat after silage, double cob corn, red soybean leaves and so much more. Have a question you’d like Peter to address? Or some yield results to send in? Leave…Read more »

Related

Leave a Reply