Water for Life

Water for Life is the province of Alberta's strategy for a coordinated and effective approach to water management that outlines specific strategies and actions to address the province's water issues.

In 2008, the Government of Alberta released the renewed Water for Life strategy, supported by the Water for Life action plan in 2009. The renewed strategy better reflects the population increase and economic growth Alberta has seen over the past years, and Albertans’ changing water needs. The renewed Water for Life strategy reaffirmed the original strategy's three overarching goals:

  • Albertans are assured their drinking water is safe.
  • Albertans are assured that Alberta's aquatic ecosystems are maintained and protected.
  • Albertans will be assured that is managed effectively to support sustainable economic development.

These goals will be met through knowledge and research, partnerships, and water conservation.

The renewed strategy and corresponding action plan reiterated Alberta’s commitment to the Water for Life approach: the wise management of our province’s water resources for the benefit of all Albertans.

In 2013, building on several years of work guided by the Water for Life strategy, the Government of Alberta held the Water Conversation to consult Albertans on four priority areas in relation to water:

  • Healthy lakes
  • Hydraulic fracturing and water
  • Drinking water and wastewater systems
  • Water management

Released in 2014, Our Water, Our Future: A Plan for Action, identified a number of short-term and long-term strategic actions based on the Water Conversation.