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Program Support for Water Development in Dry Conditions

By Rachel Kraynick, P.Ag., Agriculture Programs Specialist, Yorkton

June 2019

Did you know that we have seven Agriculture Programs Specialists located across the province who can provide information regarding programs and services to assist producers who are concerned about dry conditions or water shortages for agricultural use?  

Currently, there are two programs offered under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) program suite to support the development of a secure and sustainable water source for agricultural purposes and help mitigate impacts of drought. 

The first is the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) which is designed to support the development of dugouts, pipelines and well projects that meet program criteria. Although this program is a rebate, applicants must complete this checklist prior to project construction, to ensure all regulatory requirements are met prior to project commencement. If eligible producers meet the program criteria, their water development projects may be funded to a maximum rebate of 50 per cent of pre-approved eligible costs to a maximum of $50,000.

Eligible activities under the FRWIP program may include: 

  • Well drilling and well construction including seepage or wet wells.
  • Reasonable groundwater exploration/test hole drilling. The expenses for test holes may be claimed even if the well project does not proceed.
  • Trenching and pipe from well to pressure system and to the water distribution point (i.e. to water bowl, storage tank, watering appliance or a pipeline).
  • Construction or excavation of new dugouts, including test holes.
  • Installation of wet wells.
  • Expansion of existing dugouts (must increase in size by at least one third of the original).
  • Pipeline development (deep or shallow buried) using an existing water source (for a new water source refer to the dugout and well components).
  • Engineering or consulting costs.

The Irrigation Program is another program which supports water management under the following two streams:

  • Irrigation Development Program - supports infrastructure development to increase irrigation capacity by creating a secure water supply to the edge of irrigable land parcels. Each eligible applicant can receive up to 67 per cent of eligible costs for development. A maximum of $1,320 per irrigable acre developed is available, to a program maximum of $300,000 per applicant; or
    • Irrigation Environmental Efficiency Program - supports improved energy and water efficiencies for producers by converting low efficiency or high pressure irrigation systems to high efficiency, low pressure irrigation systems. Eligible applicants can receive up to 30 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum program payment of $50,000.

If producers require more information on these programs or other pathfinding services, such as information for equipment rentals for pumping water or programs that can provide advanced payments, please contact your nearest regional office to speak to an Agriculture Programs Specialist or phone the Agriculture Knowledge Centre general inquiry line at 1-866-457-2377.

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