The City’s water distribution system includes 88 kilometres of water mains and approximately 4000 individual service connections.
The wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure includes 73 kilometres of sewer mains, approximately 4000 individual service connections, 15 kilometres of force main, six lift stations, primary and diversionary lagoons and treatment cells.
In the event of a water leak:
During work hours (Mon-Fri 7:00 am – 4:00 pm), call (306) 848-3290
After hours, call: (306) 861-2163
Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory (PDWA)
A PDWA is issued due to a prolonged distribution system depressurization at the Water Treatment Plant or due to a water main break.
Drinking water supply cannot be ensured at all times and therefore, pursuant to clause 32(1)(b) of The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002, consumers are advised to:
(a) Boil all water, used for drinking purposes, for at least 1 minute, prior to use;
(b) Boil water to be used for other activities where it may be ingested;
i. Brushing teeth or soaking false teeth
ii. Washing fruits or vegetables
iii. Food or drink which will not be subsequently heated
iv. Ice cubes
(c) Not drink from any public drinking fountains supplied with water from the public water supply;
(d) Under most circumstances, not need to boil water used for other household purposes. People may use the water for washing and bathing, but should avoid swallowing the water.
Hand washed dishes should be washed with a small amount of bleach added to the dish water (10ml bleach per litre of water) to ensure proper disinfection. Laundry may be washed in tap water, either by hand or by machine.
(e) Use an alternative water source known to be safe, if they do not wish to boil the water.
When a precautionary drinking water advisory is issued, city staff will go from door to door handing out water service interruption notices to any residences or businesses that will be affected. The notice cards are colour coded:
- Blue cards advise of water service interruption that will not require a boil water advisory afterwards.
- Yellow cards advise of water service interruption that will require a boil water advisory afterwards.
- Red cards advise of an unscheduled, emergency interruption in water service.
- Green cards advise that the water tests have been completed and the boil water advisory has been lifted.
Examples of these cards can be seen below:
Precautionary drinking water advisories that affect a large portion of the City are announced under the News & Announcements page, on the City of Weyburn social media accounts, and the Citizen Alert System.