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Drinking Water Quality Sampling for North Saskatchewan River - Update July 20, 2017

July 20, 2017 - The Water Security Agency (WSA)has released the latest results of drinking water quality monitoring activities for Prince Albert, Melfort and North Battleford in relation to the Husky Oil Spill in July of 2016. These monitoring results are for:

  • treated water since use of water from the North Saskatchewan River restarted, or
  • raw water from the intake in the river. 


Monitoring of the North Battleford, Prince Albert and SaskWater Codette Regional/Melfort water supplies was conducted on a monthly basis over winter (ice cover) months and approximately every two weeks since spring breakup in 2017.  Since February, all results for treated drinking water from these systems for petroleum hydrocarbons and related compounds showed values of less than the applicable detection limit and therefore less that any applicable drinking water quality standards.

The City of Prince Albert started using water from the North Saskatchewan River on Sept. 19, 2016.  All samples showed that the results for petroleum hydrocarbons and related compounds were below detection levels.

Melfort/SaskWater started water use and treatment of water from Codette Lake/Saskatchewan River on Sept. 16, 2016.  There were two detections of PHC constituents in treated water during fall/winter months, however both were below the applicable drinking water quality standards.  All other samples showed results for petroleum hydrocarbons and related compounds of below detection levels.

North Battleford started using water from the North Saskatchewan River on Dec. 23, 2016.  All samples showed results for petroleum hydrocarbons and related compounds of below detection levels.

WSA will be posting more results as they become available.