Notice of Application Period to Purchase Irrigation Acres
St. Mary River and Taber Irrigation Districts Complete Amalgamation
August 1, 2022
The St. Mary River Irrigation District and Taber Irrigation District completed their planned amalgamation effective August 1, 2022 as a result of a Ministerial Order signed by Honorable Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development.
The two districts petitioned the Minister on December 17, 2021 after each district voted in favor of amalgamation in the Fall of 2021.
Both the St. Mary River and Taber Irrigation Districts have proud histories dating back to the early 1900s when the St. Mary River irrigation project was first completed bringing water from the Rocky Mountains to the prairie farmland in Southern Alberta. The amalgamated district will be known as the St. Mary River Irrigation District in recognition of the St. Mary River which is the shared water source for the amalgamated district.
The Beginning of A New Era
The SMRID and TID are beginning a new era by merging into one new, stronger District. We wanted to create a logo that is inspired by this new, modern energy while still paying homage to the past.
The meeting of these two shapes (blue for SMRID and Green for TID) communicates a transfer, transaction or merger. These two merging shapes also indicates the delivery of water to farms — blue meets green.
Together they form an S outline, for SMRID. But we also see a meandering river, a leaf, or a drop of water. It’s what you want it to be and that is why we love our new logo.
Dear Irrigator, Take notice that the application period for the purchase of irrigation acres by...
Holiday Hours The Bow Island office will be closed at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2022 and...
Dear Irrigator, Please note that there is a February 1st, 2023 deadline for scheduling...
We will build on the Legacy of Irrigation for Future Generations. We will be collaborative, supportive, and innovative.
We will accomplish this through the improvement of infrastructure, improved water management and financial security for sustainability of the district to benefit communities, environment and agriculture.
Supporting Sustainable Communities, Environment and Agriculture with Water
Application to Add Parcel to SMRID
Alternate Parcel Application
Watercraft Commitment Form
Application to Transfer Irrigation Acres
Application to Remove Parcel from SMRID
Temporary Consent to Discharge Water
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up for the water ordering app?
How Do I Make a Bill Payment?
- Cheque - bring in your cheque during business hours or drop it off at the mailbox outside our offices during non-working hours
- Debit card (only at the Lethbridge and Taber offices)
- Online banking through the following institutions:
- ATB Financial
- Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
- Bank of Montreal (BMO)
- Scotia Bank
- All Credit Unions
For customers that do not bank with the above financial institutions, send your payment by E- transfer.
Email to use: firstname.lastname@example.org
Password: Input your SMRID account number as shown on your invoice.
Please note: If your SMRID account number is less than six digits, put zeros before your number so that the number adds up to six digits; however, if your financial institution requires nine digits, add zeros before your number so that our account number totals to nine digits.
If your account number is 12345, input our account number as follows in your online banking:
- If your bank requires six digits - 012345
- If your bank requires nine digits - 000012345
As a water user, what information should I have when I call SMRID?
Have your name and account number as it shows on your SMRID invoice.
When do I get billed for my payment?
- Permanent acres, Leases and Annual agreements are billed out in the spring.
- Water Conveyance agreements are billed out in November/December.
- Household Purpose agreements are billed out in December.
Can I walk along SMRID canal banks?
Yes, only foot traffic is allowed. You need to give right-of-way to SMRID equipment using our banks.
Can I drive on SMRID canal banks?
Driving on SMRID canal banks is not allowed.
Can I hunt on SMRID property?
No hunting without permission from SMRID.
Can I swim in SMRID canals?
No. Swimming in SMRID canals is strictly prohibited.
Who is my water coordinator?
See our list of Water Coordinators.
Can I fish in SMRID reservoirs?
Yes, you can, with appropriate fishing license.
When is the water turned on/off?
Water is turned on early in the month of May and turned off mid-October. Always check with your Water Coordinator for more details and/or changes.
Are your offices open during statutory holidays?
Our offices are closed during all statutory holidays.
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