Water Security Agency
June 22, 2022

Heavy Rainfall Impacting Wastewater Treatment

The communities of Saskatoon, Weyburn, Sedley, Stockholm, Rocanville, and Whitewood and their surrounding areas have received heavy rainfall recently that may have temporarily exceeded the design limits of their wastewater systems.

As a result, some of these communities may have needed to bypass untreated sewage from some or all portions of their sewage collection and treatment systems to protect their systems from failure; to protect property, and/or to reduce public health risks.

All bypasses are required by the municipalities to be reported to the provincial spill centre and the Water Security Agency (WSA) is working with these communities to monitor and ensure appropriate actions are taken during and after bypass events to reduce public health risks including notifying downstream users.

The public should avoid waterways that may be affected in these communities where the untreated sewage are being bypassed. The public should also contact their local municipal offices to obtain the latest formation about sewage bypasses in their communities. 

At this point, no drinking water advisories have been issued by WSA; however, WSA will continue to monitor these events and issue advisories in cases where the safety of the drinking water may be impacted.

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For further information:

Sean Osmar
Water Security Agency
Moose Jaw
Phone: (306) 630-4643
Email: sean.osmar@wsask.ca