Saskatchewan Agriculture provides technical assistance to support irrigation drainage projects in irrigation districts.
As defined under The Water Security Act, drainage works are any "facility or other action constructed, done, operated or intended for the removal or lessening of the amount of water from land and includes the deepening, straightening, widening and diversion or the course of a stream, creek or other watercourse and the construction of dykes."
“Facilities” for drainage often include ditches, dykes and pumping works.
As part of the irrigation drainage development process, a soils report and Irrigation Certificate must be obtained from the Crops and Irrigation Branch before a district can legally enter into a Water Service Agreement. The soils report will indicate that the land in question is irrigable and stipulate any RECOMMENDED or REQUIRED drainage.
If the land is irrigable but drainage is RECOMMENDED, the Crops and Irrigation Branch will issue an Irrigation Certificate and provide engineering technical assistance for the system design.
If the land is irrigable but drainage is REQUIRED, then drainage requirements must be met before the Crops and Irrigation Branch will issue an Irrigation Certificate and provide engineering technical assistance.
Any construction and operation of new drainage works within an Irrigation District requires approval from that Irrigation District, who may in turn consult with the Crops and Irrigation Branch for technical assistance.