The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority is responsible for the management of both surface water and ground water in the province,
including approving and licensing water use projects, as well as reviewing project proposals which may impact the quality of
source water. Staff undertake hydrologic, hydrogeologic and other studies for a number of purposes including water supply
availability, flood hazard assessment, drainage dispute resolution, flood forecasting, operation planning and
Call your nearest Saskatchewan Watershed Authority Office for information/advice on the following:
Water Use Approvals
Water Supply Concerns
Water Control and Erosion
Drainage Concerns or Issues
Ground Water Information
Lake Level Elevations
River Flow Rates
Reservoir Development Area Approvals
Rural Water Quality Advisory Program
Water Supply and Flood Forecasting
Ground and Surface Water Rights
Every person wishing to commence construction, alteration, extension or operation of works,
and the right to use water, requires Authority approval. The Authority issues approvals for
the construction and operation of water works and issues water rights for the sustainable use of
ground water and surface water for domestic, municipal (source water only), agricultural,
industrial, recreation and wildlife purposes.
A person owning or occupying land that adjoins a lake, stream, storage pond, dugout or
ground water source is not required to obtain an approval for domestic purposes. A domestic water use purpose
is defined as water that is to be used for household and sanitary purposes, farm chemical spraying, watering
lawns and gardens, and water used for non-intensive livestock and poultry operations.
The Authority approves the construction of works intended to drain surface water.
The Authority investigates complaints filed by a landowner against existing or proposed
works intended to drain surface water and determines how the complaint is to be resolved.