I am pleased to present the Water Security Agency’s (WSA) Business Plan for 2022-23.
In 2022-23, WSA continues to focus on ensuring Saskatchewan’s water resources support Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan for the Next Decade of Growth 2020-2030. By managing the province’s vital water supplies, WSA provides safe, reliable water that drives economic growth.
Protecting and expanding the province’s water quantity will be an important part of supporting growth. WSA has identified, through its capital planning, the need to invest significant and consistent funding in existing WSA dams and canals to ensure the province can continue to rely upon them to protect from possible extremes of flooding and drought. Saskatchewan’s water infrastructure, including 72 dams and control structures across the province, as well as a network of canals and conveyances, provides a growing resiliency to help us meet increasing water demands for a growing province. In addition to investing in water infrastructure across the province, WSA continues the planning and design work for the Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Projects that, when completed, would increase new acres of irrigable land that can help increase the value and variety of crops available to producers in our province.
Another important part of WSA’s mandate is to ensure water quality standards are adhered to in the province. Over the past several years, the province’s water quality has steadily improved and WSA will continue to work to ensure this quality remains high, ensuring Saskatchewan’s water is clean and safe for producers, for communities, and for the enjoyment of Saskatchewan people.
WSA is also committed to remaining a high performing organization that is responsive to the needs of communities and producers with a service-oriented, client-focused approach. Over the past year WSA has reduced the amount of time producers are waiting for approval on various projects. We have improved the service delivery rate for permits and continue to work to improve these scores by working with local stakeholders, to arrive at mutually agreed upon and beneficial solutions to the province’s water needs.
The Water Security Agency will report on progress towards the targets laid out in this plan, within the financial parameters provided, in the 2022-23 Annual Report.
Honourable Fred Bradshaw
Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Security Agency