Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan`s web site have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow text box that resembles the link below and can be found in the right hand rail of the page. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found here:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

The results of software-based translation do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos, and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Water Quality and Testing

Health regions are responsible for regulating public water supplies (such as rural municipal wells, tourist accommodations, small campgrounds) that are not regulated by the Ministry of Environment through The Health Hazard Regulations

What to do during a Water Advisory 

Government regulations require that all public and semi-public drinking water supplies be tested on a frequent basis.  Private water supplies (wells and dugouts) are not regulated but should be tested by the owners to ensure that the water is safe.

When a problem or condition with a public or semi-public water supply has been identified, agencies responsible for regulating the supply will issue a water advisory or a boil water order.  An advisory is issued when water quality problems exist due to a risk of microbiological or chemical contamination.  A boil water order is issued when a public health risk is confirmed due to the presence of harmful bacteria or parasites in the water supply. 

A water advisory or boil water order requires users to boil the water for at least one minute at a rolling boil to destroy harmful microorganisms.  If a water supply has been contaminated with chemicals, boiling the water will not make it safe to drink.  Instead, an advisory will be issued that will inform the users not to drink the water.

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