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Water allocations represent the amount of water that is permitted to be drawn and used from a river basin for a specific purpose. Historically, actual use of water is usually much lower than the allocations because some allocations are not fully used and because some users who use their full allocations use and then re-circulate the water resulting in no net loss to the river.

Especially in the Southern part of the province (the South Saskatchewan River Basin in particular), water allocations are beginning to get a lot more scarce. The South Saskatchewan river has already allocated 70% of its water, and the Alberta government instituted a moratorium on new water allocation licences in Southern Alberta a few years ago. For information on water allocations compared to average annual flow, please see http://www3.gov.ab.ca/env/water/GWSW/quantity/waterinalberta/allocation/AL2_availability.html

Even in rivers with lower allocations, water use may become a concern because of the natural variability of rivers. As shown here, minimum and maximum river flows can vary quite substantially from the annual average flow rates of a river. A river which is not fully allocated might still become stressed during dry seasons, and it is important that a minimum level of water remains in the river to preserve ecosystems and benefit downstream users.


DISCLAIMER: The following data has been extracted from an operational database at varying times. Data values reflect the time and date it was retrieved. Any actions taken relying upon this information is at the sole discretion of the user. No warranty is provided and no liability is assumed by the Government of Alberta.

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Year  Milk (Surface)
m3
South Saskatchewan (Surface)
m3
North Saskatchewan (Surface)
m3
Beaver (Surface)
m3
Athabasca (Surface)
m3
Peace and Slave (Surface)
m3
Hay plus Great Slave (Surface)
m3
Total Surface Water
m3
Milk (Ground)
m3
South Saskatchewan (Ground)
m3
North Saskatchewan (Ground)
m3
Beaver (Ground)
m3
Athabasca (Ground)
m3
Peace and Slave (Ground)
m3
Hay plus Great Slave (Ground)
m3
Total Ground Water
m3
Total Water Allocation
m3
 
 
190032,723  281,338,626  209,944  2,747  7,766  5,461  0  281,597,266  598  136,129  79,767  0  549  95  0  217,138  281,814,404   
1901                                                    
1902                                                    
1903                                                    
1904                                                    
1905                                                    
1906                                                    
1907                                                    
1908                                                    
1909                                                    
191010,575,479  1,639,271,232  432,019  7,020  30,904  8,768  0  1,650,325,421  3,315  504,460  284,195  0  17,647  95  0  809,712  1,651,135,134   
1911                                                    
1912                                                    
1913                                                    
1914                                                    
1915                                                    
1916                                                    
1917                                                    
1918                                                    
1919                                                    
192014,768,202  2,102,424,777  23,975,521  10,931  363,121  219,492  0  2,141,762,044  8,459  1,063,205  677,981  6,194  72,308  29,196  0  1,857,343  2,143,619,386   
1921                                                    
1922                                                    
1923                                                    
1924                                                    
1925                                                    
1926                                                    
1927                                                    
1928                                                    
1929                                                    
193014,768,202  2,182,359,545  24,303,004  22,075  442,556  298,718  0  2,227,101,170  13,044  1,686,388  1,183,107  12,073  130,099  82,985  0  3,107,696  2,230,208,866   
1931                                                    
1932                                                    
1933                                                    
1934                                                    
1935                                                    
1936                                                    
1937                                                    
1938                                                    
1939                                                    
194025,064,826  2,221,823,949  79,124,116  27,664  524,782  350,513  0  2,326,915,851  28,894  2,678,150  1,753,126  33,265  214,609  141,826  0  4,849,870  2,331,765,720   
1941                                                    
1942                                                    
1943                                                    
1944                                                    
1945                                                    
1946                                                    
1947                                                    
1948                                                    
1949                                                    
195028,409,179  2,940,668,494  100,766,999  650,550  10,319,996  66,545,194  0  3,147,360,413  89,336  4,265,732  3,072,303  46,653  357,404  398,292  0  8,229,720  3,155,590,133   
1951                                                    
1952                                                    
1953                                                    
1954                                                    
1955                                                    
1956                                                    
1957                                                    
1958                                                    
1959                                                    
196034,476,775  3,087,891,381  1,398,821,139  2,944,361  91,733,817  67,109,527  0  4,682,977,001  104,363  6,990,436  4,771,682  67,609  1,233,445  519,087  0  13,686,622  4,696,663,623   
1961                                                    
1962                                                    
1963                                                    
1964                                                    
1965                                                    
1966                                                    
1967                                                    
1968                                                    
1969                                                    
197044,099,166  3,151,659,470  1,697,397,761  3,283,575  149,590,229  87,261,338  3,281,060  5,136,572,599  123,201  10,964,573  9,734,586  140,022  4,763,447  769,114  0  26,494,942  5,163,067,541   
1971                                                    
1972                                                    
1973                                                    
1974                                                    
1975                                                    
1976                                                    
1977                                                    
1978                                                    
1979                                                    
198052,588,078  3,990,544,425  2,521,950,029  16,642,900  272,908,882  139,330,391  4,521,940  6,998,486,645  306,493  55,378,560  18,254,652  341,873  11,349,532  5,880,154  0  91,511,264  7,089,997,909   
1981                                                    
1982                                                    
1983                                                    
1984                                                    
1985                                                    
1986                                                    
1987                                                    
1988                                                    
1989                                                    
199063,418,308  4,541,085,263  2,611,724,610  40,164,106  351,665,051  213,167,257  6,444,336  7,827,668,931  907,240  76,950,998  31,015,950  2,897,085  23,788,551  9,755,680  529,005  145,844,508  7,973,513,439   
1991                                                    
1992                                                    
1993                                                    
1994                                                    
1995                                                    
1996                                                    
1997                                                    
1998                                                    
1999                                                    
200064,269,225  5,312,120,304  2,919,366,811  51,535,008  452,904,792  222,031,729  6,756,356  9,028,984,224  1,020,220  107,559,179  44,686,692  9,068,088  40,632,117  16,224,257  1,087,655  220,278,208  9,249,262,432   
2001                                                    
2002                                                    
2003                                                    
2004                                                    
200564,554,686  5,424,580,096  2,744,932,621  49,518,698  716,223,525  221,732,708  6,076,804  9,227,619,138  1,396,315  109,787,462  48,554,631  14,711,159  88,680,940  19,317,230  888,068  283,335,807  9,510,954,944   
200664,356,369  5,489,530,565  2,744,057,562  49,613,296  783,722,772  228,986,564  6,136,374  9,366,403,501  1,504,073  113,196,090  49,871,482  16,000,703  93,986,863  21,760,860  879,986  297,200,058  9,663,603,559   
200764,653,958  5,507,112,067  2,748,492,562  49,640,784  871,253,824  225,335,819  6,009,374  9,472,498,387  1,520,464  112,069,263  50,049,762  23,158,156  117,720,629  22,293,603  1,953,480  328,765,357  9,801,263,744   
200864,477,804  5,656,184,182  2,766,137,204  50,022,503  802,963,406  227,826,158  6,008,914  9,573,620,170  1,537,734  96,417,839  49,693,469  20,656,802  119,823,524  21,724,122  2,228,320  312,081,810  9,885,701,980   
200966,327,255  5,629,193,463  2,763,917,155  50,393,409  845,503,980  229,725,358  6,009,825  9,591,070,444  1,551,177  97,095,156  50,506,043  11,362,183  114,077,972  24,157,578  1,785,282  300,535,391  9,891,605,834   
 

References and Related Online Materials

Milk (Surface):

See reference for "Total Water Allocation."

South Saskatchewan (Surface):See reference for "Total Water Allocation."
North Saskatchewan (Surface):See reference for "Total Water Allocation."
Beaver (Surface):See reference for "Total Water Allocation."
Athabasca (Surface):

See reference for "Total Water Allocation."

Peace and Slave (Surface):See reference for "Total Water Allocation."
Hay plus Great Slave (Surface):See reference for "Total Water Allocation."
Total Surface Water:See reference for "Total Water Allocation."
Milk (Ground):

See reference for "Total Water Allocation."

South Saskatchewan (Ground):

See reference for "Total Water Allocation."

North Saskatchewan (Ground):

See reference for "Total Water Allocation."

Beaver (Ground):See reference for "Total Water Allocation."
Athabasca (Ground):See reference for "Total Water Allocation."
Peace and Slave (Ground):See reference for "Total Water Allocation."
Hay plus Great Slave (Ground):See reference for "Total Water Allocation."
Total Ground Water:See reference for "Total Water Allocation."
Total Water Allocation:

Alberta Environment (no date).Total Allocations in cubic metres. Available upon request from Alberta Environment (Data received on July 9, 2010).

DISCLAIMER: Data has been extracted from an operational database at varying times. Data values reflect the time and date it was retrieved. Any actions taken relying upon this information is at the sole discretion of the user. No warranty is provided and no liability is assumed by the Government of Alberta.

Note: For more information and graphs on water allocations, please see http://environment.alberta.ca/01721.html. For a map of basins in Alberta, please see: http://environment.alberta.ca/apps/basins/default.aspx.