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Water Main Replacement Program

The replacement of Saskatoon's oldest water mains are prioritized every year to ensure continued water quality, better water flow, and decrease the number of water main breaks. Other benefits include a reduction in the risk of contaminants and curb-to-curb restoration of the roadway once the work is complete. 

Water mains in good condition just need maintenance from time to time to extend the lifespan. It is a trenchless method where the water main is lined on the inside with plastic tubing. 

Information on the most significant 2021 water main projects is listed in the drop-down menus below. 

Nutana East
  • Construction Area Map: Nutana East
  • Timeline: Underway now
  • Type of work: water main replacement, existing water main maintenance, lead service line and/or sewer service connection replacements, road/sidewalk rehabilitation

Project:

  • Each phase will be completed before crews move on to the next. This ensures the entire area isn't closed off at once.
  • Phase 1: a water main will be replaced on Colony Street between Albert Avenue and Temperance Street including the intersections. This phase is nearing completion.
  • Phase 2: expected to begin in early August. Water mains will be replaced on sections of 13th Street East, Temperance Street and 14th Street between Albert Avenue and Temperance Street. This phase is expected to take approximately five weeks and also includes connection replacements.
  • Phase 3: postponed until the 2022 construction season. 
  • Phase 4:  postponed until the 2022 construction season.
  • To subscribe to biweekly e-mail updates about this project, please e-mail constructionupdates@saskatoon.ca with your contact information.

Nutana West
  • Construction area Map: Nutana West
  • Timeline: Underway now
  • Type of work: water main replacements, existing water main maintenance, lead service line and/or sewer service connection replacements, road/sidewalk rehabilitation

Project:

  • Each phase will be completed before crews move on to the next. This ensures the entire area isn’t closed off at once.
  • Phase 1: water mains and connections will be replaced on Saskatchewan Crescent East between McPherson Avenue and just to the west of Victoria Avenue. This phase is expected to take approximately 6 weeks and also involves a couple of connection replacements.
  • Phase 2: crews will move on to McPherson Avenue between Saskatchewan Crescent East and Main Street, including 11th Street East to the west of McPherson Avenue. This phase will also take approximately 6 weeks to complete. The work will include water main and connection replacements. The dotted areas show where we will preserve existing water mains that are already in good condition but just need a little T-L-C to ensure they last for years to come. It does not involve digging a trench.
  • Phase 3: water main and connection replacements will take place on 11th Street East between Victoria Avenue and McPherson Avenue as well as Melrose Avenue between 11th Street East and 10th Street East.  Melrose Avenue is another area where existing water mains will be preserved (dotted area on the map). This phase is estimated to take approximately 8 weeks.
  • All of the phases include road and sidewalk rehabilitation.
  • To subscribe to biweekly e-mail updates about this project, please e-mail constructionupdates@saskatoon.ca with your contact information.

20th Street West
  • Construction Area Map: 20th Street West
  • Timeline: Underway now
  • Type of work: water main replacement, lead service line and/or sewer service connection replacements, road/sidewalk rehabilitation

Project:

  • Each phase will be completed before crews move on to the next.
  • This project mostly involves lead service line and/or sewer connection replacements, but also includes small sections of water main replacements.
  • The project will wrap up with road rehabilitation in each work area.
  • Sidewalk rehabilitation work is also planned on Avenue R North from 19th Street West to 21st Street West.  Sidewalks will remain open during construction, with some possible restrictions, especially during connection and concrete replacements. When we work on sidewalks, we always try to ensure the sidewalk on the other side of the street is open for use.
  • To subscribe to biweekly e-mail updates about this project, please e-mail constructionupdates@saskatoon.ca with your contact information.

Ruth Street East
  • Construction Area Map: Ruth Street East
  • Timeline: summer 2021 
  • Type of work: water main maintenance, sewer service connection replacements, road rehabilitation

Project:

  • This project, between the Idylwyld Drive Freeway and Broadway Avenue, involves the rehabilitation of existing water mains under the road, sewer connection replacements, and road rehabilitation once all the water and sewer work is complete.
  • The maintenance involves lining the inside of the existing pipe with plastic tube. Lining existing water mains that are in good condition is cost efficient and less disruptive compared to having to replace the entire water main.
  • Every effort will be made to keep Ruth Street open to traffic throughout the project.
  • Sidewalks will remain open, however, there may be restrictions during sewer service line connection replacements.
  • Because water mains are not being replaced, large trenches will not be dug on the street. Crews will dig pits to access the existing water main so that maintenance work can be done.
  • Each phase will be completed before crews move on to the next.
  • For more about the project and what you need to know if you live within the construction zones, please view this video.
  • To subscribe to biweekly e-mail updates about this project, please e-mail constructionupdates@saskatoon.ca with your contact information.

Future Water Main Preservation

To see all water main preservation work planned this year and into next year, visit the Asset Preservation Interactive Map (projects are subject to change). 

How to use the map:

  • Open it in Google Chrome
  • Select the legend in the left hand corner
  • Enter the street you are interested in
  • The street will be highlighted if work is planned between now and 2022

This year, the federal Gas Tax Fund program is contributing $14.9 million toward Saskatoon’s City-Wide Water, Stormwater and Wastewater Infrastructure Rehabilitation project. The federal Gas Tax Fund program in Saskatchewan is administered by the provincial government to help support municipalities.

2021 Water Main Funding Contribution