With a possible drought on the way,  the government of Alberta is allocating funds towards initiatives aimed at optimizing water resources and ensuring communities have access to sufficient drinking water.

"Alberta’s largest innovation agency, Alberta Innovates, has invested more than $75 million through its Water Innovation Program, supporting 101 completed projects, with 65 more in the works. All 166 projects represent a total project value of more than $256 million," stated the province.

Through these programs, scientists and business partners can expedite the development of new technologies that will supply communities with safe and secure drinking water while fostering the health of aquatic ecosystems.

“Technology is driving innovation in every industry. Each project supported through this funding will help us bring real-world solutions to real-world problems, that include a high-performing responsive waste management system for our province,” stated Nate Glubish, Minister of Technology and Innovation.

One technology created at the University of Alberta increases the quantity of treated water that may be recycled and reused by using a granular sludge reactor. Municipal water treatment facilities will function better and have more capacity as a result. The project is currently being piloted at a wastewater treatment plant in  Calgary, and it is progressing well.

"Water is always taken for granted until there is none. The Water Innovation Program creates the knowledge and technologies to help ensure a safe, secure and reliable water supply, so our communities, businesses, farms and ecosystems have the water they need now and into the future,” Laura Kilcrease, CEO, of Alberta Innovates.

Earlier this month the Alberta government announced they plan to allocate $35 million toward optimizing water usage and mitigating the impact of future droughts on communities.

The City of Airdrie is also taking steps to be proactive in drought preparedness

"The City is working in collaboration with neighbouring municipalities to monitor the situation and develop comprehensive readiness plans for the City, local businesses and residents," a release stated.

Considering the possibility of ongoing dry conditions, the City suggests that in 2024, outdoor watering restrictions and additional conservation measures may be required.

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