Delta – Delta’s Future Agricultural Water Supply & Demand [dl12]
|Status||in progress: Feb 2019 to Jul 2020|
|Project Lead||Delta Farmers Institute|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, City of Delta|
|Other Partners||Agriculture producers, Delta Farmers Insitute, City of Delta|
This project will assess the impacts of climate change on Delta’s agricultural water supply and future demand of that water as well as provide recommendations for priority improvements to meet current and future agricultural water needs.
Delta’s agricultural water is supplied through a system of ditches, intakes and control structures that serve over 6,000 hectares of agricultural land, over half of which is irrigated. Climate change is anticipated to increase irrigation demand across Delta, while changes to Fraser River flows and sea level rise are expected to reduce intake windows of fresh water availability.
Project findings will improve understanding of the current and future performance of the existing irrigation system as well as the feasibility of agricultural water system improvements.
This project will:
- assess current and future demand for agricultural water, with consideration for both total annual and peak water consumption requirements
- assess the capacity of the supply system infrastructure to meet demands under future climate conditions
- assess the feasibility of the agricultural surface water system and prioritize improvements to ensure the supply can meet future demands, taking into consideration agricultural water uses, hydrology and infrastructure characteristics
- provide a high-level cost-benefit evaluation of the recommended improvements