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Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program: What is an eligible project?

By Jaycee Peutert, Farm Management Extension Specialist, Moose Jaw

October 2018

We are coming to the time of year when producers are starting to think about what water projects they may need to tackle in order to maintain or establish a safe, sustainable water source for their livestock or crop spraying needs. The Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP), through the federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership, provides funding for qualified producers completing eligible water projects.

The first question producers ask when they learn about the program is: “What makes a project eligible?” The answer, three types of projects are eligible: dugouts, pipelines, and wells.

Dugout projects include:

  • the construction or excavation of new dugouts
  • the expansion of existing dugouts (increased by a minimum of one third of the original volume)
  • the installation of seepage or wet wells along with a new dugout or dugout expansion
  • engineering or consulting costs
  • test holes
  • permanent fencing to exclude livestock around the new water source (maximum rebate of $750 per project)

Pipeline projects include:

  • the development and excavation of deep or shallow buried pipeline from a new or existing water source to a new or existing distribution point
  • engineering or consulting costs for designing the pipeline
  • pump related upgrades and plumbing materials to a maximum payment of $2,500 per project such as electric pumps and controllers, pressure systems and fittings and connectors

Well projects include:

  • both small and large diameter well development
  • the construction of seepage or wet wells
  • engineering or consulting costs
  • reasonable groundwater test hole drilling
  • trenching and pipe from the well to a pressure system and water distribution point
  • screening and casing for wells and pump and miscellaneous plumbing materials as listed above under pipeline projects are also considered eligible.

There are other components that are eligible when completed in conjunction with a dugout, pipeline or well project, including permanently installed water storage tanks that are a minimum 1,000 US gallons to a maximum rebate of $2,500 per project. Watering appliances such as watering bowls with pads, hydrants, or watering troughs (with a minimum capacity of 450 litres) are eligible up to a maximum payment of $2,500 over the five years of the program. All-in-one solar pumping systems are eligible to a maximum payment of $5,000 per project with a maximum of two solar systems per applicant over the life of the program.

Please visit our Canadian Agricultural Partnership web pages or call the Ag Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377 and ask to speak to your local Program Specialist to learn more.

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