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Water Quality Sampling on North Saskatchewan River - Update March 7, 2017

March 7, 2017 - The Water Security Agency has released the latest results of water quality monitoring activities for Prince Albert, Melfort and North Battleford. These monitoring activities are for:

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


Prince Albert restarted using water from the North Saskatchewan River on Sept. 19, 2016. All samples met the Petroleum Hydrocarbon (PHC) related water quality standards, with the results for all related constituents being at below detection.

Melfort/SaskWater restarted treatment/use of water from Codette Lake/Saskatchewan River on Sept. 16, 2016. There were two detections of PHC constituents in treated water, however both were below the applicable drinking water quality standards. Samples for the Melfort/SaskWater system were collected from the raw water intake in September and October 2016, and from the treated water supply since November, 2016.

North Battleford restarted using water from the North Saskatchewan River on Dec. 23, 2016. Results for North Battleford are all from samples collected before the F.E. Holliday surface water treatment plant started drawing raw water from the North Saskatchewan River, with the exception of the raw water sample from July 21, 2016. That sample showed all PHC related parameters being below detection. The timing of that sample means no contaminated raw water could have reached the water plant intakes at that point.

We have not yet received any reported analytical data since the North Battleford Surface Water Treatment plant started using water from the North Saskatchewan River on December 23, 2016.


For more information, contact:

Patrick Boyle
Water Security Agency 
Moose Jaw 
Phone: 306-694-8914 
Email: Patrick.Boyle@wsask.ca 
Cell: 306-631-6997