Who We Are

The RID operates, maintains and owns an irrigation works system that delivers irrigation water to over 50,000 acres of irrigated land in the Welling, Raymond and Stirling areas within the Province of Alberta Canada. The district operates under the Irrigation Districts Act of the Province of Alberta. An elected board of directors meet at least monthly to discuss and approve the business of the district. The district has over 300 water-users which includes municipal, farm, acreage, and habitat.

There is currently, irrigation acres available for intensification or expansion within the RID. Applications can be found on our home page or at the RID office.  The rid has 81,000 acre feet of water licenses from a combination of the Waterton, Belly and St Mary’s rivers. The communities of Welling, Raymond and Stirling receive their water from the works of the RID. Through a water license amendment the RID makes water available for “other purposes” to interested municipal, industrial, environmental and agricultural users. The RID prides itself in being a very economical district to operate.

Mission Statement

The Raymond Irrigation District’s mission is to enable a prosperous, healthy, and enjoyable lifestyle for people in the Welling -Raymond – Stirling,  areas.

We do this by delivering water

  • for domestic use,
  • to increase the productivity of farms and livestock operations,
  • for the beautification of business’s and homes,
  • to provide recreational opportunities, and
  • to create habitat for wildlife.

Vision Statement

The Raymond Irrigation District is a responsive, cost-effective and efficient supplier of water to irrigators and other users within the boundaries of the district.

Our History

The RID was incorporated on March 11, 1925. Prior to that time, the area had been part of the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company and later the CPR. This portion of the system was purchased from the CPR by the water users of the Welling, Raymond and Stirling areas. The area has been irrigated since July of 1900 when water began to flow through a constructed canal built under contract with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As part of the contract the church was required to create two new towns having at least 400 inhabitants each, at the end of the contract. These towns are Stirling and Magrath. The Town of Raymond was founded a little later by a wealthy church member and industrialist and Philanthropist, Jesse Knight. The town was named in honour of his son Raymond. Mr Knight established the first sugar beet factory in Alberta located in Raymond and encouraged local farmers to support this new venture. Over the years the sugar industry has moved away from the RID but is still a vibrant industry in the Taber and Vauxhall areas where some 18,000 acres of sugar beets are grown and processed each year. Today the RID consists of just over 46,000 acres of irrigated land. The main crops grown here are hard wheat, alfalfa, canola and barley.  A history book covering the first 100 years of the St Mary’s project was completed in the year 2000. This is a comprehensive history including the MID, RID, SMRID and TID. It is available for sale at the RID office for those interested. Over the past 30 years the RID with assistance with funding from the Province has been engaged in rehabilitating the entire irrigation works system of the district. Currently a total of $400,000.00 dollars available from the Alberta Government for rehabilitation each year with the water users contributing 25% of these funds. The districts focus is to see all open ditch earthen laterals replaced with a closed pipeline system. The district is well on its way to accomplishing this goal. Due to the close proximity to the Milk River Ridge there is a great deal of gradient available that can be used to deliver water under gravity pressure without the use of pumps and energy to power them. Currently the RID is following a master plan that will eventually see at least 85% of its water users receiving gravity pressurized water to their farms. This will result in no longer requiring the use of fossil fuels to power unneeded pumps.