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City of Saskatoon Water Use

     Status: Needs improvement 

The City of Saskatoon (local government) is a major water user, using water in its offices, parks, pools, leisure centres, and other buildings and facilities and for street cleaning, vehicle washing, fire fighting, and other uses.

Where are we now?

City of Saskatoon water use increased in 2017, and remained at that higher level through 2018 resulting from increased irrigation requirements due to decreased summer rainfall.  


Source: City of Saskatoon – Corporate Revenue  

Data table
City of Saskatoon Corporate (Local Government) Water Use
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Water Use (millions of cubic feet) 40.05 57.13 40.28 54.65 50.27 63.42 63.46 51.53 50.78

Source: City of Saskatoon – Corporate Revenue  

What are we doing?

Civic Water Loss Audit and Mitigation
The City of Saskatoon has launched a project to better understand its water use, identify unmetered or unbilled uses, and more accurately quantify system leakage. This will support efforts to reduce unmetered use and leaks, increase revenue from water sales, reduce energy use, increase system efficiency, and reduce GHG emissions.

Energy Performance Contracting (EPC)
EPC achieves energy and water efficiencies and cost savings in civic buildings through retrofits of lighting, heating, cooling, water, and building envelope systems in collaboration with an energy services company. Retrofit costs are repaid from energy and utility savings. The energy services company guarantees the savings, reducing risks and costs for the City.

Raw water use at civic golf courses
Two of Saskatoon’s three municipal golf courses (Holiday Park and Silverwood) use raw, untreated water for irrigation, conserving potable water and the energy required for water treatment.

High Performance Civic Building Policy
This policy will include a suite of measures to reduce water use inside and outside of buildings.

Vehicle washing
Rain water is being used for bus washing, toilet flushing, and irrigation at the Access Transit Garage. And water for bus washing is being recycled and reused at Civic Operations Centre/Saskatoon Transit.

Naturalized parks
Naturalized parks don’t require irrigation systems or watering of established trees or grass.

What can you do?

When visiting City facilities, do your part to save energy and water.

Share your ideas on the best ways to reduce waste and save energy and water as the City consults on its current and upcoming major projects.


Did you know?

In 1906, the year Saskatoon became a city, a combined power plant and water treatment plant was built at Avenue H and 11th Street, the site of the present Water Treatment Plant. Steam-driven pumps were used to raise the water from the river and to pump the water into City mains.