Saskatchewan water management agencies are responsible for:
- legislation of areas of water supply, pollution control and hydroelectric power development;
- authorization of water use and development; and
- flow regulation.
Federal responsibilities are in areas that have the potential for significant national economic impact such as:
- fish habitat; and
- water on federal lands (e.g., Prince Albert National Park) and Indian Reserves; and boundary and transboundary waters.
Shared federal-provincial responsibilities:
- national water issues;
- interprovincial water issues;
- agriculture; and
Provincial agencies with water management responsibilities and legislation:
Water Security Agency (WSA) is the regulator of municipal waterworks, privately
owned (publicly accessible) waterworks that have a flow rate of 18,000 litres or more per day,
certain pipeline systems and municipal sewageworks.
WSA also focuses on watershed management and source protection and works to balance
competing water and land uses that impact water quality.
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture's
role in water management
centres around the relationship between agricultural activities and water
resources. Agriculture's responsible for the protection of surface and
groundwater with respect to intensive livestock operations.
Irrigation development based in Outlook is responsible for irrigation development, agronomic services,
irrigation engineering services and market development services.
Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
is the regulator of industrial waterworks and sewage works.
Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations
manages the Canada-Saskatchewan Infrastructure Program will be a major
source of funding for municipal water capital projects. The program
is cost-shared by the federal, provincial and municipal governments.
Saskatchewan Ministry of Health,
through the regional health authorities, will
regulate semi-private waterworks that have a flow of less than 18,000
litres per day. These include on-site water systems serving restaurants,
motels, campgrounds, small parks, municipal wells with no distribution
system. Smaller non-municipal pipeline systems will also be
regulated by Health.
About 150,000 people rely on private waterworks
including systems at farms, rural homes and cottages. Although private
waterworks are not regulated, health regions will interpret test results
and provide health-related water treatment advice.
owns and operates regional water systems throughout the province. It provides
system assessments and project management of water infrastructure
projects. SaskWater also provides water and wastewater treatment plant
operations in a Total Quality Water Management framework.