Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

June 06, 2008 14:54 ET

AAFC: Regional Water Pipeline for Producers in Kindersley

KINDERSLEY, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 6, 2008) - The Government of Canada is working hard to provide farmers with the tools they need to remain successful for generations to come. Today this Government announced the completion of a 300 km rural water pipeline.

"Canadian producers need access to a reliable water supply in order to deliver results at the farm gate and beyond," said the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board. "This Government is committed to providing farmers with the stability they need to continue producing the world class products all Canadians enjoy."

"Providing a secure water source for Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers is important for the long-term sustainability of our industry," said the Honourable Bob Bjornerud, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture. "I congratulate these rural municipalities for undertaking this regional pipeline project."

The Town of Kindersley's water treatment plant, which serves as the main source for the line, will provide a reliable water supply to over 130 agricultural operations within the Rural Municipalities of Kindersley, Newcombe, and Pleasant Valley. The pipeline was developed through $1,000,000 in funding from the Canada-Saskatchewan Water Supply Expansion Program (CSWSEP).

The Water West Pipeline Cooperative was formed to investigate water sources in the west central region of the province. The rural municipality of Kindersley's Rural Water Utility began construction of the pipeline in 2007 as part of a regional water project. Now complete, the line will be used to deliver water to rural residents, livestock producers and other agricultural operations.

In total, over $14.75 million in CSWSEP assistance has been invested in Saskatchewan since 2003 for similar pipelines, on-farm water projects and strategic initiatives and studies.

The CSWSEP, which was recently extended by one year to March 31, 2009, is administered under the National Water Supply Expansion Program (NWSEP), a six year, $102 million federal initiative which provides financial assistance for the development of solutions to agriculture water supply issues across Canada.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Margaux Stastny
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059
    or
    Saskatchewan Agriculture
    Jenna Webb
    Media Relations Officer
    306-787-2359