Water Requirements for Economic Development

According to the ‘Water for Economic Development in the SouthGrow Region of Alberta’ Final Report by Lorraine Nicol, Henning Bjornlund and K.K. Klein, Department of Economics, University of Lethbridge, dated February 2009, the data in Table 4 provide a sense of the volumes of water that existing business enterprises have at their disposal through water licenses.  The table lists license volumes for many of the major industrial and commercial water license holders in the Oldman River Basin. The data was obtained from the Alberta Environment license registry.  Noticeable is the significant range of licensed volumes, from as little as less than 10 to over 1,000 dam3.  There is also noticeable variance in the licensed volumes within commercial enterprises such as golf courses, with over three times the licensed volume for Paradise Canyon Golf Course Resort compared to the Keho Park Golf Club.

Table 4

Selected License Volumes by Industry, Southern Alberta, (Dam3)

 

 Industry (number of licenses)

License Volume

Old Dutch Foods (2)

9.8

City Packers Ltd. (2)

67.8

Rogers Sugar (2)

3,992

Husky Oil (6)

1,372.8

Paradise Canyon Golf Course Resort Co. (1)

246.8

Keho Park Golf Club (1)

74.0

Southern Alberta Processing Co. (1)

30.8

Lethbridge Concrete Products (1)

308.7

Burnco Rock Products Ltd. (1)

65.0

Source: www.envinfo.gov.ab.ca/LicenseViewer/.

 

Rather than holding their own licenses, some businesses obtain their water from municipal sources. Table 5 (Source: Water for Economic Development in the SouthGrow Region of Alberta’ Final Report by Lorraine Nicol, Henning Bjornlund and K.K. Klein, Department of Economics, University of Lethbridge, dated February 2009) provides the amounts of water for seven select food processing industries, including meats, vegetables, cooking oil, salty snacks and spirits in the City of Lethbridge.   All seven industries are located within the City limits.   

Table 5

City of Lethbridge Water Provision, Select Food Processing Industries (Dam3)1

707.0

466.0

397.5

321.5

222.5

184.0

120.0

 These numbers reflect actual treated water consumption.  Volume equivalent to diverted raw river water would constitute an extra 10% of the volume.

Source : Kaupp(2008)