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Maximum Daily Demand for Water

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   Status: Needs Improvement 

Maximum Day Demand is the largest amount of water pumped by Saskatoon Water on a single day.  It has implications for how much water is drawn from the river, the amount of energy used to treat and deliver water to customers, and the future need to build a second Water Treatment Plant.  Hot and dry summers and population growth impact how much water needs to be treated and distributed.  Daily demand can increase by over 50% in the summer compared to the winter.

Where are we now?
Maximum day pumpage (the largest amount of water pumped by Saskatoon Water on a single day) has been trending upwards since 2010, but remains below levels seen in 2006 and 2007.

Data Table: Maximum Day Pumpage

 

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Maximum Day Pumpage (Thousand Cubic Metres)

245

248

227

228

159

191

183

209

216

232

220

Source: City of Saskatoon – Saskatoon Water, 2016 Annual Report.

 
Maximum Day Pumpage
 

What are we doing?

 

Water and Wastewater Utility Rates

The City of Saskatoon has conservation-oriented rates to reduce peak water use.  For residents this means that higher water use results in paying higher rates.  For commercial customers a flat rate is applied based on water use, without a bulk water use discount.

Be Water Wise

The City’s water conservation education program helps educate residents on how to reduce outdoor water use in the summer, which can increase by as much as 50%.

Leading by Example Strategy

The City of Saskatoon is in the process of developing a strategy to reduce water use in city owned facilities and operations, which includes ways to reduce demands associated with hot, dry summer weather such as irrigation and recreation.

 

 

What can you do?
Use the most effective outdoor watering and gardening methods to grow a healthy yard.
 

Check your home for leaks.  Some of the most common source of leaks are toilets, faucets, irrigation systems, and pools.