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Winterization of park irrigation systems underway

For immediate release: September 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

City crews have begun annual winterization of the 450 irrigation systems in Saskatoon parks and along roadway streetscapes. Winterization is an important maintenance procedure to help ensure the longevity of the City’s irrigation infrastructure.

Irrigation winterization involves the use of large compressors that force air through the irrigation system, removing any residual water so it will not freeze within the underground pipes. The force of compressed air exiting through sprinkler heads may pick up and propel debris within the work zone.

To ensure public safety, residents are asked to follow all signage at worksites, and please stay clear of all sprinkler heads, compressor units, and related winterization equipment in the parks during maintenance.

The winterization process is expected to take seven weeks.  For more information, please visit