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Water Consumption

  Status: Stable

Saskatoon benefits from an abundance of water from the South Saskatchewan River. The treatment of water and waste water, however, use significant energy and chemical inputs, generating environmental and financial concerns as the city grows.

Measuring the per capita water consumption is a success indicator in the Strategic Plan.

Where are we now?

Per capita residential use improved when new conservation-based water rates were introduced in 2010 and has shown a decreasing trend overall since that time.

Data table
Water Consumption
Year Per capita residential water use (litres per capita per day)
2008 290
2009 283
2010 230
2011 243
2012 230
2013 233
2014 215
2015 223
2016 208
2017 206
2018 202
2019 195
2020 202

Source: City of Saskatoon – Saskatoon Water

What are we doing?

Be Water Wise

The City is providing residents, businesses and institutions the education and tools to reduce their water consumption.

Smart Meters

The City is installing an Advanced Metering Infrastructure system that will provide more accurate water use information to residents and help them find ways to conserve.

Rain Barrel Rebate

Residents can qualify for a $20 rebate on a newly purchased rain barrel to help save water and reduce their utility bills.

What can you do?

Find out how to use less water on your yard and garden with tips from the Be Water Wise campaign and Healthy Yards.

Consider upgrading your showerhead, toilets, and taps. New water efficient models have been engineered to deliver high performance at the same time as saving you money.

Check your home for leaks. Toilets are the most common cause of wasted water and high water bills.

Did You Know?

Replacing older model toilets with low-flow, low capacity models can reduce the amount 'flushed' away by up to 65%.