Public Works ensures the delivery of a safe and reliable water distribution system.
Humboldt's water is purchased from SaskWater's Wakaw-Humboldt regional potable water system. This system supplies potable water to our community through a pipeline network from the South Saskatchewan River.
Our community enjoys a high quality of water and, every year, the City provides notification to consumers about the quality of water produced and supplied.
For more information about the City's water and sewer services, view our Utilities page.
For more information about storm water management and available rebates, view our Incentive & Rebate Programs page.
Water Distribution Plant Upgrades
The City of Humboldt’s Water Distribution Plant, located at 1201 Main Street, is currently receiving some upgrades. These upgrades include replacement of piping and electronics within the station as well as an additional reservoir for increased water capacity. The upgrades began earlier this year and will continue until early 2017. The upgrades are being done to help accommodate the growing population of Humboldt and surrounding area. The project is partially funded by the Federal and Provincial Governments’ New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund.
The Public Works and Utilities Department set up a camera to record the work being done over the past few months. Take a look at the video below, showing early-stage construction.
Wakaw-Humboldt Regional Water Supply System Upgrades
The Wakaw-Humboldt Regional Water Supply System has been receiving some upgrades in 2017. Key upgrades include:
- Larger water reservoir for increased capacity; and
- Installation of a back-up generator in case of power outages.
The upgrades are well received for the communities that use the water services.
With a back-up generator now installed, Drinking Water Advisories will be less frequent due to power outages as the water lines will remain pressurized even if the power goes out.
Lead Water Service
If your neighbourhood was established prior to 1950 there could be lead within your home's plumbing system. As a precaution, homeowners and occupants should be aware of how to reduce the risk of lead exposure from drinking water.
Reducing Your Exposure to Lead
Run your tap before you drink the water.
Lead can dissolve into your drinking water when it sits stagnant in household pipes. Flushing toilets, doing laundry, and running showers all help ensure your drinking water is fresh. If your water has not been used for at least 6 hours, run the cold water faucet for about five minutes before drinking or cooking.
This water does not have to be wasted – it is safe to use for cleaning or watering plants. Keep a container of drinking water in your refrigerator so you don’t have to run water every time you want a drink. Remember that boiling water does not remove lead.
Install a certified water filter
To reduce lead exposure as much as possible, especially for children under six and pregnant women, you may consider drinking water from an alternate source. Alternatively you may attach a National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified filter to a drinking water faucet, or using a certified filtered water pitcher. On the packaging, look for a stamp indicating “NSF-053” and a statement that indicates the filter is certified for lead removal, as some models can vary. These filters can reduce up to 99% of lead in water. Replace filters according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Remove and clean your tap screen
Most household taps have an aerating screen attached to the end. Calcium carbonate can build up on the screen and absorb lead. Make it a habit to remove the screen and clean off any build up every month.
Modernize the plumbing system in your home
The most effective way to reduce lead levels in drinking water is to remove all lead sources from your plumbing system. Consider replacing pipes containing older lead solder, and brass fittings with materials certified for contact with drinking water. A licensed plumber can determine if your home has a lead service connection, and whether the home contains lead solder, lead pipes or lead pipe fittings.
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