Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

May 2017

Water Supply Forecast as of May 1, 2017 - North Saskatchewan River Basin (Natural Flows)

Volume Forecast for May 1 to September 30, 2017 Year to date
Locations Volume in dam3 Volume as a % of Average Probable Range as a % of Average Potential Minimum
as % of
Forecast Ranking (lowest to highest) Recorded March-April 2017 Volume as a % of Average Ranking (lowest to highest)
Lake Abraham Inflow 2,406,000* 116 112-121 108 80/100 122** 69/100
Brazeau Reservoir Inflow 1,342,000* 94 81-107 70 47/100 73** 18/100
North Saskatchewan River at Edmonton 5,084,000* 103 95-111 88 51/100 231** 100/100

*NOTE: The forecast shown is the March to September 2017 forecast minus the recorded volume to date

** Recorded 2017 natural flows are preliminary and subject to change

Average is calculated for the March 1 to September 30 period 1981 to 2010

NOTE: There is: a 50% chance that the actual natural flow will fall within the probable range given; a 25% chance that the actual flow will be less than the lower bound of the probable range given; and a 10% chance that the actual natural flow will be less than the reasonable minimum. Actual day to day streamflow conditions may vary throughout the season as a result of the effects of streamflow diversion and reservoir storage.

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