I am pleased to present the Water Security Agency’s Plan for 2018-19.
Government Direction and Budget for 2018-19 is focused on keeping Saskatchewan On Track by controlling spending, delivering high quality services for Saskatchewan people, keeping our economy strong, and returing to balance in 2019-20.
The 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan sets out the Government’s agenda to ensure water supplies will support economic growth, quality of life, and environmental well-being, now and into the future. Since this plan’s release in 2012, the Water Security Agency has made significant progress implementing it and will continue to focus on delivering on the goals established in the plan and providing exceptional service to citizens.
This year investment in water infrastructure will increase 52 per cent, from $28.7M budgeted in 2017-18, to $43.6M. This increased investment in water management structures across our province ensures dam safety, reliability and capacity to deliver water supporting Saskatchewan’s growth.
This investment includes $13.7M as part of a ten year, $100M project to rehabilitate the M1 Canal. The canal carries water north from Lake Diefenbaker. With restoration complete, the canal will have the capability to reliably increase water delivery by 52 per cent, supplying five towns, six reservoirs, three potash mines, four water pipelines and 13 wetlands.
2018-19 investment also includes an ongoing major project ($754,000 this year) to increase water conveyance from Lake Diefenbaker to Buffalo Pound Lake, a key water source for this area of Saskatchewan. By continuing to restore and stabilize the Upper Qu’Appelle Channel its capacity to convey water will be maintained at a 200 per cent increase since the start of the project in 2015 (from less than three cubic metres per second to more than ten). Buffalo Pound Lake provides water for Moose Jaw, Regina, area industry, and supplements water to the lakes of the Qu’Appelle Valley.
The federal government transferred ownership of 20 dams to the Water Security Agency as of March 31, 2017, making WSA responsible for 69 dams, including nine major dams: Gardiner, Qu’Appelle River, Rafferty, Grant Devine, Duncairn, Lafleche, Eastend, Val Marie and West Val Marie Dams. This year WSA will invest $2.1M to upgrade hydrometric and other equipment at these transferred dams.
In 2018-19, the Water Security Agency will continue implementing the Agricultural Water Management Strategy. The strategy is about drainage approvals (all drainage needs an approval) and networks. In drainage networks, producers and other landowners work together to operate a drainage project that drains into an adequate outlet to protect from downstream flooding and loss of water quality.
Our government is ensuring the safety of drinking water supplies that are critical to protecting public health. The Water Security Agency will continue to promote and ensure safe drinking water for Saskatchewan residents through inspections, monitoring, reporting, education and compliance for all regulated works in Saskatchewan.
The Water Security Agency will report on plan achievements, within the financial parameters provided, in the 2018-19 Annual Report.
Honourable Dustin Duncan,
Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Security Agency
2018-19 Water Security Agency Plan
2017-18 Water Security Agency Plan
2016-17 Water Security Agency Plan
2015-16 Water Security Agency Plan
2014-15 Water Security Agency Plan
2013-14 Water Security Agency Plan
2012-13 Water Security Agency Plan (Formerly known as the Watershed Authority).