Brooks Aqueduct

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Brooks Aqueduct
National Historic Site of Canada
Brooks Aqueduct National Historic Site.JPG
Province Alberta
Municipality County of Newell
Year built 1912–1914
Website Brooks Aqueduct

The Brooks Aqueduct is a defunct aqueduct originally built by the irrigation division of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company during the 1910s. The aqueduct stands approximately 8 kilometres south of Brooks, Alberta, Canada.

Overview[edit]

The main section of the aqueduct spans a 3.2 km valley at an average elevation of 20 metres. The intention of the aqueduct was to irrigate a section of southeastern Alberta and proved to do so for about 30 years. Its original capacity was 900 cubic foot of water per second.[1] In 1969, the Alberta and Canadian governments assumed the responsibility of maintaining the structure under the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration. Although it was thought at first that the governments would rebuild the aqueduct, which had been deteriorating for years, it was ultimately shut down and was left as it was.

Legacy[edit]

Today it still stands although the structure itself is no longer structurally sound and has been fenced off since the 1970s. The aqueduct and the immediate area surrounding it is now a National Historic Site of Canada.

The aqueduct was one of the largest irrigation projects of its time in southern Alberta and even today, continues to serve the area with the Bassano Dam, which was a key component of the project.

Brooks Aqueduct Historic Site Plaque

References[edit]

  1. ^ Engineering Works of Calgary. 1915. p. 16. 

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Coordinates: 50°31′44″N 111°51′18″W / 50.5289°N 111.8550°W / 50.5289; -111.8550