What Are We Proposing?
The City of Saskatoon (City) has developed a long-term Water Conservation Strategy that aims to provide an action plan of water reduction initiatives for indoor and outdoor use in all sectors, including residential; industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors; and the City itself. Recommended initiatives were based on proven track record in other cities, feasibility of implementing, reducing demand on our water system, cost effectiveness, and what we heard from the public.
For more information on our findings and the recommendations we are proposing please visit the Water Conservation Strategy website and Final Engagement Report. The Water Conservation Strategy was presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services and will be presented to City Council in May 2022.
How Did the City Engage?
The community and identified stakeholders were invited to provide their feedback through numerous surveys and individual meetings. The City used the following engagement methods:
Closing the Loop Public Survey - Spring 2021
Both residents and industry stakeholders were invited to provide feedback on the changes made to the Strategy and recommended programs. Further details on the input received through the survey can be found in the Phase 3: What We Heard Report.
Online Public and Industry Surveys - Winter 2021
Two surveys were conducted in winter 2020 to receive feedback and prioritize the proposed initiatives in the Water Conservation Strategy. The results from the surveys will help finalize the proposed initiatives and identify any additional opportunities for the program. Further details on the input received through the surveys can be found in the following Phase 2: What We Heard Report.
Stakeholder Interviews - Spring 2020
Interviews with stakeholders were held in spring 2020 to identify the benefits and potential impacts of water conservation initiatives. Stakeholders included representatives from businesses/business groups, environmental organizations, and industry professionals.
Common themes from these interviews, as well as other items discussed during these interviews, helped inform the draft initiatives being presented in the current phase of engagement. Further detail on the input received through the stakeholder interviews is available in the Phase 1: What We Heard Report.