The City of Red Deer is preparing for possible drought conditions this spring and summer. Learn how The City if preparing and the role you can play.
Current conditions
Updated May 1, 2024

Stage 1 Voluntary Outdoor Water Restrictions are now in effect. 

  • The Government of Alberta is predicting a drought risk in the southern part of the province and the South Saskatchewan River basin, which includes the Red Deer River.  
  • City staff continue to monitor the situation and will be engaged in further information sharing and relevant planning activities with the Government of Alberta and other Red Deer River key stakeholders to provide appropriate responses
  • Mountain snowpack has improved, but has not fully recovered.
  • Snowfall over the last 1-3 months has helped, but precipitation over the past year remains below average.
  • The Gleniffer Reservoir is about 50 per cent full and is within normal range, and the Dickson Dam is releasing at a 25-year low rate. 
  • Water-sharing agreements have been signed by 38 major water users in the South Saskatchewan River Basin, including The City of Red Deer. Under these agreements, major users have voluntarily agreed to reduce water use if severe drought conditions develop this summer.