The Environmental Health Department is responsible for the regulation of public water supplies within Prince Albert and area. This is done through routine inspections and monitoring of the public water supplies. Municipal (community) water systems are regulated by Saskatchewan Environment.
The Saskatchewan Government, as part of its long-term safe drinking water strategy has taken steps to strengthen the requirements for public water systems. In December 2002, the province introduced new Health Hazard Regulations, which contain sections that regulate the safety of drinking water from public water supplies, which were not previously regulated. These regulations apply to a public water supply that is independent from a municipal water distribution system or any other Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment regulated system.
These regulations apply to a public water supply that is independent from a municipal water distribution system or any other Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment regulated system.
For the purposes of enforcement of the Health Hazard Regulations, the local authority refers to health regions located within the province. Saskatchewan Health Authority public health inspectors are responsible for the enforcement of the Health Hazard Regulations.
For a list of current Emergency Boil Water Advisories and Precautionary Boil Water Advisories please visit Saskatchewan H2O website.
Types of Public Water Supplies Regulated by the Health Hazard Regulations:
A public water supply includes a supply of water that is provided at any of the following places:
- abattoirs (slaughter houses);
- approved homes;
- day-care facilities;
- distribution systems that are connected to at least 3 but less than 15 service connections (e.g. subdivisions, trailer courts);
- group homes;
- multi dwelling units owned by Saskatchewan dwelling;
- personal care homes;
- recreational area (e.g. picnic grounds, parks, golf courses, sports grounds);
- special care homes;
- special events;
- swimming pools;
- tourist accommodations;
- wayside area;
- wells or other supplies of water not connected to a distribution system (e.g. urban or rural municipal wells).
These requirements do NOT apply to:
- commercially bottled water;
- a supply of water that is posted as being not potable water (unsafe to drink);
- a water supply that is regulated by Saskatchewan Environment.
Public health inspectors provide assistance in the interpretation of private well water sample results. Inspectors also make recommendations on corrective actions that will improve water quality.
Water Information Fact Sheets
To view information related to water quality science and best practices published by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health click here. The following are links to information sheets about water safety and quality. To view a listing of all health information sheets related to food and water safety click here. To view individual sheets on water safety click on the links below.
For information on sewage systems, click here.