A Drinking Water Advisory (DWA) is required when the City’s water works crews conduct repairs, maintenance and replacement of the City’s underground water pipes. With this type of work there is a risk of soil or other contaminants entering the water supply. Although this risk is very low, regulations require that a DWA is issued to all residents, businesses and public facilities located along that area of the water supply system.
A DWA lets customers know that work is being conducted on the water supply system in the area, and that, as a precaution, the City is advising them to boil water for drinking and any other activities where water may be ingested until all the work is completed and bacteriological tests come back negative for any contamination.
The DWA provides instructions on boiling water, advises customers whether the water supply will be disconnected while the work is underway, and provides contact information if customers have questions regarding the DWA.
Once all lab tests are complete, City personnel in the field will issue a DWA Lifted Notice to let customers know the water is safe for consumption.
Please see the links below for examples of the Drinking Water Advisory Notices:
To find out more about How to Use Water Safely During a Drinking Water Advisory and/or a Boil Water Order, please call Public Health Inspection at (306) 765-6600.
A DWA is not the same as a Boil Water Order. To find out more about the distinction between the two, please see the SaskWater
To learn about the process to repair a pipe and the approximate timelines involved, please see the Steps of a Water Main Repair.
For more information about what to expect when there is a water service disruption, please see the Water Services Disruption - Frequently Asked Questions