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Well Decommissioning and Special Projects Pre-Approval

Pre-approval is required for well decommissioning activities and special water development projects.

Applicants are encouraged to assess their project against the program criteria and determine program eligibility.


Well Decommissioning projects are eligible for a rebate of 90 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum payment of $10,000 per project.

Special projects are eligible for a maximum rebate of 50 per cent of pre-approved eligible costs to a maximum payment of $150,000. 


Eligible applicants:

  • Agricultural Producers
  • Agri-Businesses (including Value-Added Processing)
  • First Nations
  • Saskatchewan Rural Municipalities

All applicants must demonstrate an agricultural use for the water (crop spraying, livestock watering or greenhouse production) in addition to meeting the following criteria:

  • Producers who own, lease or rent property where livestock and poultry are grown, bred, kept, raised, displayed, assembled or disposed of require a Saskatchewan Premises Identification (PID) number.

Projects on land not owned by the applicant will require written authorization from the land owner.

Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements for water development projects.  This may include:

  • Saskatchewan Water Security Agency Groundwater and/or Surface Water Approval.
  • Aquatic Habitat Protection Permit from Water Security Agency prior to commencing the project if the work will occur in or near water bodies.
  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Act compliance.
  • Approval from the rural municipality if a pipeline crosses road allowances.
  • Any other standards or approvals as required by law.

A Water Rights Licence from the Water Security Agency is required for:

  • Water development projects where annual usage exceeds 5,000 cubic metres.
  • Pipeline projects where the point of diversion (water source) or point of use (water distribution) is not on land owned or controlled by the applicant.

Eligible Items

Well Decommissioning

Eligible activities include:

  • Excavation (removing casing).
  • Bentonite, chlorine.
  • Gravel or clay (must be third party purchase).
  • Costs related to well decommissioning including sealing and capping waterwells by a registered well driller.

The following eligibility parameters also apply:

  • Small diameter wells must be decommissioned by a registered well driller with expertise in well decommissioning and comply with Water Security Agency (WSA) recommended practices and comply with Water Security Agency (WSA) recommended practices.
  • Large diameter or bored well decommissioning pre‐approval worksheet must be completed and attached to FRWIP application.
  • A post‐construction WSA Well Decommissioning worksheet must be completed and submitted with FRWIP claim and signed by the landowner.

Special Projects

A special project is defined as a project to develop a secure and sustainable water supply that is not a typical dugout, pipeline or well project. The special projects stream is not an alternative for producer applicants whose standard water development projects exceed the rebate maximum. Applicants must submit a clear description and rationale for the project.

Examples of projects that may be considered are:

  • Rural water connections (multi-user pipelines where dugouts and wells are not feasible or of sufficient water quality):
    • A maximum program payment of $15,000 per eligible applicant (multi-user pipeline subscription/ connection fees) per approved project;
    • Potable or non-potable water for agricultural use (livestock watering, value-added processing, etc.) will be considered and approved on a case by case basis when justified; and
  • Community water development projects for agricultural use (i.e. small‐diameter and large‐diameter wells in conjunction with a community tank loading facility, dugouts in conjunction with a community tank loading facility, increasing storage capacity at an existing community tank loading facility to reduce tank loading times);
    • SaskPower service and associated electrical costs to a maximum rebate of $20,000 per approved project.

Ineligible Items

Ineligible items include:

  • Water resources developed solely for household use or washing machinery.
  • Projects commencing prior to October 1, 2017.
  • Power service installation, hook-up, electrical wiring, generators, electrical panels, breakers, electrical connectors and other electrical devices or hardware.
  • Taxes, financing fees, interest or legal fees.
  • Materials from inventory.
  • Used material and infrastructure – to be eligible new items and infrastructure must be purchased from a reputable dealer.
  • Water meters, water storage tanks under 1000 US gallons/3700 litres and water storage tanks not connected to the project infrastructure.
  • Gas/diesel powered water pumps.
  • Seismic testing/water witching.
  • In‐kind freight.
  • In‐kind materials such as rocks, gravel or clay.
  • In-kind payment (e.g. trading) for third party services/supplies.
  • Water quality enhancement systems (e.g. aeration systems, filtration systems, chlorinators, reverse osmosis, etc.).
  • Materials and construction costs for pump houses.
  • Removal and disposal of above ground structures.
  • Purchase of land/property or payment of easements.
  • Replacement of existing water infrastructure such as water appliances, storage tanks or water troughs.
  • Above ground pipelines and dams.
  • Landscaping or removal/hauling dugout spoil piles.
  • Hauling or pumping water to fill/empty dugouts.
  • Non-permanent fencing (e.g. corral panels, bale feeders, etc.).


Well-decommissioning and special project (pre-approval) applications and claims are accepted on an ongoing basis. All applications must be submitted for approval on or before August 1, 2022.

Projects must have started on or after October 1, 2017 and completed 18 months following approval or by December 31, 2022.


Note: it is recommended that this application form is saved to your computer before entering in your information.

Download the Pre-Approval Application Form

Download the WSA Bored Well Decommissioning Pre-approval Worksheet

Completed application packages can be submitted by email or mail to:
Ministry of Agriculture, Programs Branch
329 – 3085 Albert Street Regina SK S4S 0B1

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