Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Government of Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan

January 07, 2008 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Water Resource Expansion Initiatives in Saskatchewan

NORTH BATTLEFORD, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2008) - The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan today announced that $2.3 million in funding has been committed for six water projects for the North Battleford region in Northwest Saskatchewan. The announcement was made by the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, and the Honourable Bob Bjornerud, Minister of Agriculture for the Province of Saskatchewan.

"When the water is there, the seeds are growing and Saskatchewan farmers are succeeding," said Minister Ritz. "By investing in these projects the Government of Canada is helping ensure our producers have access to clean, reliable water and is giving farmers tools and information to strengthen their environmental stewardship."

The funding for these projects comes from the Canada-Saskatchewan Water Supply Expansion Program (CSWSEP). Since 2003, a total of $15 million has been invested through CSWSEP in Saskatchewan for activities that support on-farm and group water development initiatives. Projects like these will increase access to secure water supplies and knowledge about the availability of water resources.

"Access to sustainable, quality water is essential to the success of any agricultural operation," said Minister Bjornerud. "These six projects are important water supply initiatives and I am pleased to offer this government's support through the Canada-Saskatchewan Water Supply Expansion Program."

Through CSWSEP, producers have access to technical and financial support for the planning and development of projects that will improve their ability to develop and enhance long-term, sustainable agricultural water supplies.

The CSWSEP is administered under the National Water Supply Expansion Program (NWSEP), a six-year, $60 million Agricultural Policy Framework initiative.


BACKGROUNDER

The Canada-Saskatchewan Water Supply Expansion Program

The Canada-Saskatchewan Water Supply Expansion Program Supports Three Project Types:

- Tier One - On-farm water infrastructure projects: individual on-farm water projects such as wells, dugouts and off-stream and water storage systems.

- Tier Two - Multi-user infrastructure projects: larger scale projects which provide water to a number of water users, such as regional pipelines, that will lead to growth in the agricultural sector.

- Tier Three - Strategic work projects: include studies and planning activities, such as groundwater exploration or testing and feasibility studies.

The Six Projects

The Rural Municipality of Kindersley Regional Pipeline ($1 million)

Located east of Kindersley, this Tier Two project (a regional water supply project) is in the final stages of completion. The project involved laying more than over 300 kilometres of water supply lines to deliver potable water east from the town to more than 115 rural subscribers as well as four villages/hamlets and one Hutterite colony in multiple rural municipalities.

City of North Battleford Water Well Research Project ($417,950)

The North Battleford applied research project is a Tier Three project that studies the effects of using electrical current to reduce the slimy bacterial build-up that plugs well screens. Other partners on this project include the National Water Research Institute, University of Saskatchewan, University of New Brunswick and Environment Canada. This project is still underway.

North West Terminal Aquifer Assessment ($51,440)

This Tier Three project has been completed. This study assessed the extent and production potential of aquifers (ground water supplies) in the Unity area regarding their ability to supply a sustainable, long-term water supply for a proposed ethanol plant. The study was conducted through examining existing groundwater data, test drilling and the development and pumping of a test well.

Rosetown Aquifer Assessment ($193,874)

This Tier Three aquifer study is currently underway. This study is being conducted to establish whether a sustainable water supply from a ground water source can be located which could supply the north portion of the proposed Sask Landing Regional Water Supply System. Work to be carried out under this study involves the research of existing groundwater data, drilling test holes to determine the extent of the aquifer(s) and long-term pumping of a test well to determine the sustainability of the supply.

North Saskatchewan River Water Resource Committee Feasibility Study ($342,887)

This Tier Three study, which is currently underway, investigates the potential to use the North Saskatchewan River for water storage and other uses. This study will address the environmental, economic and social issues arising from in-stream (such as weirs and dams) or off-stream (such as reservoir) developments.

West Side Irrigation Feasibility Study ($293,892)

This Tier Three study was conducted through the partnership of five rural municipalities to the northwest of Outlook, Saskatchewan. The outcome was a redefining of the potential irrigable area within the five rural municipalities in light of the technical advances that have been made in irrigation water application.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
    Scott Brown
    Director of Communications
    306-787-4031
    or
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Todd MacKay
    Director of Communications
    613-759-1059