Water Advisory Report
WATER ADVISORY YEAR END REVIEW 2017:
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SASKATCHEWAN, MOST WATER ADVISORIES IN CANADA
By Cori Marshall
There were 652 water advisories in Saskatchewan in 2017, this is by far the most in the country this year. The numbers are up 7.1% from 606 in 2016. The province averaged 54.3 reported advisories a month over the last 12 months, up from 50.5 per month last year.
Advisory numbers were high all year and peaked at 76 in October. Totals in 2017 were higher eight months of the year, and January through April saw amounts greater than those for the same period last year.
Reported numbers reached or surpassed 50 eight times this year, and were above 60 for three consecutive months. To put the unique situation that Saskatchewan finds itself into context, this year's low number (28) is higher than the high number for Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Ontario.
WaterToday reported extensively on water issues in Saskatchewan throughout the year. From multiple advisories caused by a windstorm in October, an algae attack in a Saskatchewan mine, and the long-term water woes of a small water system.
We did come across a recurring issue during the course of our reports, broken water mains. We learned that the in areas like Saskatoon the water infrastructure is affected by the local geography. The freezing, thawing and shifting soil can cause pipes to break. We also learned that the city of Saskatoon might experience more than 200 of these breaks a year, this could be driving advisory numbers up.
The Year End Review will continue with the last two provinces, the first stop will be Alberta.