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Water Management

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Water quantity and quality are affected by climate and the physical characteristics of the watershed, including slope, geology, soil type, vegetation, land use, wetland drainage and water use. Some of the key stressors on Saskatchewan's ground and surface water quality and quantity include water consumption, agricultural production, nutrient loading, aquatic fragmentation and stormwater runoff.

In Saskatchewan, the Water Security Agency (WSA) is responsible for managing the province's water supply, protecting water quality, ensuring safe drinking water and regulating the treatment of wastewater. WSA owns and manages 69 dams and their related water supply channels and works to reduce flood and drought damage, protect aquatic habitat, and provide information about water to the public.

Key Indicators

Water Quality

Safe and reliable water sources are critical for maintaining healthy ecosystems and human health. In Saskatchewan, the Water Security Agency monitors the surface water quality of rivers, lakes and streams. Find out which provincial waters are healthy, stressed or impacted.

Water Quantity

Surface water quantity is the amount of surface water within a watershed. In Saskatchewan, surface water is used for many purposes including human consumption of treated water, ecosystem health, recreation, and economic activities. Find out where water quantity is high, normal or low.

Water Allocations

Surface water allocation is the volume of water that a project is allowed to withdraw from a surface waterbody. Learn more about the main users of surface water in Saskatchewan and what percentage of surface water they use.

Consumption and Conservation

Some of the stresses on our water include population growth, the change in demographics as people move from rural to urban areas, economic growth, climate change, pollution and irrigation. Find out how much water is used and conserved each year in the province.

View our Feature Stories about Water.

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