Eastern Irrigation District 

The following is a complete list of all projects included in the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) under the modernization program. There are 28 pipeline projects, four canal rehabilitation projects, and one reservoir expansion project.  

Current Modernization Projects 

C Springhill 

This rehabilitation project is located approximately seven kilometres north of Brooks. The proposed rehabilitation is to install a closed gravity pipeline system that starts at Rock Lake Reservoir and continues east across the Duchess highway. At Rock Lake Reservoir, there will be a shared stilling pond and gabion wall with the 01-C Springhill system. The system will tie into a few existing pipelines, one being the Long Pump. The pumps on this system will still be necessary for priming pressure to the landowners. The start of the pipeline is 60” pipe, and the new system will supply 6,224 acres, 97 per cent of which are sprinkler and will be 10 kilometres in length. The major benefit of the project is the maintenance of spill water within Rock Lake Reservoir. 

The estimated cost of the project is $11,385,000. 

EID C Springhill

01C Springhill 

The 01C Springhill project will replace the 30-year-old Springhill pump station with a new pump station located at Rock Lake Reservoir, providing the opportunity to capture all spill water. This new pump station will supply 1,757 acres with full operating pressure, negating the need for irrigators to operate their own pumping systems. The starting pipe size will be 30” and the pipeline will be six kilometres long. 

The estimated cost of the project is $5,112,000. 

01CSpringhill

9H West Bantry 

The 9H West Bantry pipeline project will finish converting the 9H West Bantry system into a closed pipeline. The project is located approximately 2.4 kilometres north of the intersection of HWYs 875 and 535. The new pipeline will be 1.8 kilometres long and currently serves 541 acres. Fifty-three acres will be added to the pipeline to eliminate a delivery in the H West Bantry canal, which currently accepts spill water from flood water in NE8 17-13W4M.  As such, only the first half mile of the ditch can be pushed in, with the remainder maintained as drainage works.  

The estimated cost of the project is $957,000. 

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10H West Bantry 

The 10H West Bantry pipeline project will convert the 10H West Bantry system into a closed pipeline.  The primary benefit of this project will be a reduction in spill. The project is located at the intersection of HWYs 875 and 535. The new pipeline will be 5.5 kilometres long and serve 1,117 acres. The pipeline will require two road bores under paved highways and include a screen cleaner at the inlet structure. 

The estimated cost of the project is $2,892,000.  

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16H West Bantry 

The 16H West Bantry pipeline project will convert the 16H West Bantry system into a closed pipeline.  The primary benefit of this project will be a reduction in spill. The project is located 3.2 kilometres south of the intersection of HWY’s 875 and 535. The new pipeline will be 3.3 kilometres long and will serve 1,112 acres. The new pipeline will require one bore under highway 875 and will include a screen cleaner on the inlet structure. 

The estimated cost of the project is $2,266,000. 

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08B Springhill Extension 

08B Springhill pipeline extension will serve 429 acres through a pipeline length of three kilometres. This closed gravity pipeline will meet the delivery points of three existing pivots that currently pump out of a drain that sees a reduced amount of water every year. This new pipeline will move them from that drain and onto a closed gravity system. 

The estimated cost of the project is $1,250,000.

Springhill 08 B Pipeline

 

12 Springhill 

The 12 Springhill pipeline involves replacing the remainder of the open channel ditch with a closed gravity pipeline completing the system. This pipeline will serve 5,118 acres with a starting pipe size of 54”. The start of the pipeline will be relocated upstream of an existing reservoir, providing the opportunity to capture spill water. 

The estimated cost of the project is $910,000.

12 Springhill Pipeline 

Table 1. 2021-2025 Modernization Projects

 Project Name  Project Description  Cost Estimate
13H West Bantry System conversion into closed pipeline. $200,000
Scott Pipelines Canal conversion into closed gravity pipelines. $8,800,000
U-03 Tilley Replacement of open channel with closed gravity PVC pipeline. $650,000
U-04 South Tilley Replacement of open channel with closed gravity PVC pipeline. $325,000
01 One Tree Replacement of open canal with pipeline. $3,640,000
16 Springhill Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $4,500,000
Secondary C North Branch Movement of pipeline to Crawling Valley Reservoir, where any spill can be captured. $2,500,000
Lake Newell South Canal Rehabilitation of open channel canal. $698,000
02-H West Bantry Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $300,000
14-H West Bantry Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $3,200,000
J Tilley Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $350,000
S Tilley Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $850,000
Secondary A North Branch Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $1,000,000
T Tilley  Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $450,000
U-04 North Tilley Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $300,000
Rolling Hills Canal  Canal rehabilitation in the form of trimming its cross section and placing rock on the sideslopes. $600,000
Tilley Canal Downstream canal rehabilitation in the form of trimming its cross section and placing rock on the sideslopes. $2,100,000
01-P Tilley Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $500,000
17G Springhill  Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $4,000,000
20 Bow Slope Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $100,000
Lower North Branch Pipeline Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $2,840,000
U-02 Tilley Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $100,000
V-Tilley Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $1,000,000
X-Tilley Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $1,200,000
27 Rolling Hills Replacement of open channel canal with closed gravity pipeline. $600,000

Reservoir Projects 

Snake Lake 

The proposed Snake Lake Reservoir expansion plan will increase the reservoir live storage by approximately 53,000 acre-feet to 67,000 acre-feet*.  

Currently, 140,000 irrigated acres are either unsupported by a reservoir or receive limited reservoir support. Approximately 50,000 of these acres are downstream of the Snake Lake Reservoir.  The Snake Lake Reservoir expansion will reduce the unsupported acres in the District by 35 per cent. 

The remaining 90,000 acres will continue to be unsupported by a reservoir, but will see increased indirect support due to the increase of acres being supported from the Snake Lake Reservoir Expansion.   

Environmental and engineering investigations are underway, meetings with affected landowners are ongoing, and discussions with government officials on the regulatory approval process are occurring. 

* An acre-foot covers one acre of land, one foot deep.

Snake Lake