Effective immediately, the City of Saskatoon is asking all residents to voluntarily postpone lawn and garden watering at homes and businesses until Friday, June 17.  In addition, the City asks that citizens take any steps they can to reduce water use in the home, such as deferring use of clothes washers and reducing shower times. The request for voluntary reduction in water consumption is the result of emergency repairs required on one of the clarifiers at the Water Treatment Plant. These repairs mean the Water Treatment Plant cannot produce as much drinking water as usual. Crews are already working to repair the clarifier, and it is expected it will be operational within three to four days, barring unforeseen circumstances.  These repairs do not affect Saskatoon’s drinking water quality.

The voluntary water reduction request should allow the Water Treatment Plant to keep up with city-wide demand, and mandatory restrictions will not be necessary. The City’s Parks Branch has been notified and it is shutting off all park irrigation systems.

The City of Saskatoon will notify residents when the clarifier is repaired and full plant capacity resumes. The City thanks everyone for their cooperation.