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Water Security Agency Water Quality Programs

The Government of Saskatchewan’s strategic plans include the commitment to ensure the health of water resources, including sustaining water quality and ecosystem function.  Specific goals within the 25 Year Water Security Strategy created in 2012 include the protection of water resources, defining of water quality objectives for priority watercourses (Goal 3), and ensuring that adequate water quality information is available to support decision making (Goal 6). Currently, the Water Security Agency (WSA) undertakes water quality monitoring for a number of programs.

Link to 25 Year Water Security Strategy

Saskatchewan Drinking Water Quality Standards & Objectives

Standards and objectives are applied to water for both hygienic use and human consumption. In general, standards are mandatory for systems that supply water for human consumptive use. For systems that supply water for hygienic use, only bacteriological standards apply. Both systems should strive to achieve the drinking water quality objectives. Follow the link below for more information on Saskatchewan Drinking Water Quality Standards & Objectives.

Link to Saskatchewan Drinking Water Quality Standards & Objectives

Saskatchewan Surface Water Quality Objectives

Water quality objectives are developed to provide scientific-based information about the suitability of water for various uses, including the protection of aquatic life, recreational activities, agriculture (e.g. irrigation, livestock watering), and industrial and municipal water supplies. The Surface Water Quality Objectives are numerical concentrations or narrative statements that are intended to serve as a guide for issuing permits, licenses and orders, and as a means of supporting and maintaining designated water uses in Saskatchewan. Follow the link below for more information on Saskatchewan Surface Water Quality Objectives.

Link to Saskatchewan Surface Water Quality Objectives