Town of Asquith
Box 160
535 Main Street
Asquith, SK
S0K 0J0
Phone:  (306)329-4341  
Fax: (306)329-4969 

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(As required under The Municipalities Regulations)

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Drinking Water Quality and Compliance

Town of Asquith-

2017 Annual Notice to Consumers


The Water Security Agency and the Ministry of Environment requires that at least once each year waterworks owners provide notification to consumers of the quality of water produced and supplied as well as information on the performance of the waterworks in submitting samples as required by a Minister’s Order or Permit to Operate a waterworks. The following is a summary of the Town of Asquith water quality and sample submission compliance record for the 2017 time period. This report was completed on January 26, 2018. Readers should refer to Water Security Agency’s Municipal Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Guidelines, November 2002, EPB 202 for more information on minimum sample submission requirements and the meaning of type of sample. Permit requirements for a specific waterworks may require more sampling than outlined in the department’s monitoring guidelines. If consumers need more information on the nature and significance of specific water tests, for example, “what is the significance of Selenium in a water supply”, more detailed information is available from: .

Water Quality Standards

Bacteriological Quality

Regular Samples Regular Samples # of Positive Regular

Parameter/Location Limit Required Submitted Submitted (%)

Total Coliform and 0 Organisms/100 mL ___52_____ ______52 __0%__

Background Bacteria Less than 200/100 mL

Water Disinfection –

Chlorine Residual in Distribution System for Test Results Submitted with Bacteriological Samples

Minimum Total Chlorine Free Chlorine # Tests # Tests # Adequate

Parameter Limit Residual Range Residual Range Required Submitted Chlorine (%)

Chlorine 0.1 mg/L free OR

Residual 0.5 mg/L total 1.11 –2.32 _.76 – 1.62___ 52__ _52___ ____100%_

Water Disinfection - Free Chlorine Residual for Water Entering Distribution System from Waterworks Records-From Water Treatment Plant Records

Test Level # Tests # Tests Not Meeting

Parameter Limit (mg/L) Range Performed Requirements

Free Chlorine Residual at least 0.1 _.48 –1.90 __365_____ ___0__

A minimum of 0.1 milligrams per litre (mg/L) free chlorine residual is required for water entering the distribution system. Tests are normally performed on a daily basis by the waterworks operator and are to be recorded in operation records. This data includes the number of free chlorine residual tests performed, the overall range of free chlorine residual (highest and lowest recorded values) and the number of tests and percentage of results not meeting the minimum requirement of 0.1 mg/L free chlorine residual.


Turbidity – From Water Treatment Plant Records

Parameter Limit Test Level # Tests Not Meeting Maximum # Tests # Tests # Tests

(NTU) Range Requirements Turbidity (NTU) Required Performed Performed

Turbidity __1.0__ _.05 – .8_ __0___ __.8____ __365____ ___365__ ____________


Chemical – Health Category

All waterworks serving less than 5000 persons are required to submit water samples for SE’s Chemical Health category once every 2 years. The Chemical Health category includes analysis for arsenic, barium, boron, cadmium, chromium, fluoride, lead, nitrate, selenium and uranium.

The last sample for Chemical Health analysis was submitted on January 18, 2017. Sample results indicated that the provincial drinking water quality standards were not exceeded.

Limit Limit Sample # Samples

Parameter MAC(mg/L) IMAC (mg/L) Result(s) Exceeding Limit

Arsenic 0.010 0.0002 mg/L ______________ * Results expressed

Barium 1.0 0.011 mg/L ________________ as average values

Boron 5.0 0.28 mg/L ________________ for communities or

Cadmium 0.005 0.00001 mg/L ________________ waterworks that

Chromium 0.05 <0.0005 mg/L ________________ fluoridate drinking

Fluoride (avg*) 1.5 0.18 mg/L ________________ water supplies or

Lead 0.01 0.0001 mg/L ________________ those with elevated

Nitrate (avg.*) 45.0 0.07 mg/L ________________ concentrations of

Selenium 0.01 <0.0001 mg/L ________________ fluoride or nitrates.

Uranium 0.02 0.0003 mg/L

Chemical – Trihalomethanes (THMs)

Parameter THMs Sample # Samples # Samples

Limit (mg/L) Result (average) Required Submitted

Trihalomethanes 0.1 _____________ 4 (1 every 3 months) ____________

Note: Only water supplies derived from surface water or groundwater under the influence of surface water are required to monitor for THMs. Waterworks using groundwater sources beyond the influence of surface water do not need to report THMs since sampling/analysis will not likely have been performed.

General Chemical

Aesthetic Sample Results # Samples # Samples

Parameter Objectives * (mg/L) (average) Required Submitted

Alkalinity 500 364 mg/L 1 1

Bicarbonate No Objective 444 mg/L 1 1

Calcium No Objective 141 mg/L 1 1

Carbonate No Objective <1 mg/L

Chloride 250 32 mg/L 1 1

Conductivity No Objective 1440 us/cm 1 1

Hardness 800 611 mg/L 1 1

Magnesium 200 63 mg/L 1 1

PH No Objective 7.67 pH units 1 1

Sodium 300 97 mg/L 1 1

Sulphate 500 420 mg/L 1 1

Total dissolved

Solids 1500 1030 mg/L 1 1

All waterworks serving less than 5000 persons are required to submit water samples for SE’s General Chemical category once every two years if a ground water source and once per three months every second year if a surface water or blended surface/groundwater source. The General Chemical category includes analysis for alkalinity, bicarbonate, calcium, carbonate, chloride, conductivity, hardness (as CaCO3), magnesium, sodium, sulphate and total dissolved solids.

The last sample for General Chemical analysis was required on 2017 and submitted on January 18, 2017. Sample results indicated that there were no exceedences of the provincial aesthetic objectives for the General Chemical category.

*Objectives apply to certain characteristics of or substances found in water for human consumptive or hygienic use. The presence of these substances will affect the acceptance of water by consumers and/or interfere with the practice of supplying good quality water. Compliance with drinking water aesthetic objectives is not mandatory as these objectives are in the range where they do not constitute a health hazards. The aesthetic objectives for several parameters (including hardness as CaCO3, magnesium, sodium and total dissolved solids) consider regional differences in drinking water sources and quality.

More information on water quality and sample submission performance may be obtained from:

Town of Asquith, Holly Cross C.A.O.

Box 160, Asquith, SK S0K 0J0

Telephone number 306-329-4341/Facsimilie Number 306-329-4969/email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

March 2008 EPB 236D


(As required under The Municipalities Regulations)

Name of Municipality: Town of Asquith

Date: August 16, 2017


On January 20, 2016, Council passed a bylaw for waterworks rates.

Under the waterworks rate bylaw, the rate of $9.50 per 1000 gallons of water usage was instituted, as adopted under the water bylaw dated January 20, 2016. Council will continue to work towards water works revenues that cover waterworks operating costs. Council will closely monitor waterworks expenditures.

At the end of 2016, Council will review the waterworks policy to work towards waterworks revenues that cover waterworks operating costs.

By planning the waterworks rate increases ahead of time, residents and businesses will be able to prepare for and adjust to the increases. Bylaws will be passed each year for the water rate changes.


The rate of $9.50 per 1000 gallons of water usage that was established on January 20, 2016 and was chosen to be an acceptable rate for residents and businesses at that time. The per gallons of water usage water rate does not generate enough waterworks revenues to cover the waterworks operating costs. The rate covers 100% of the waterworks operating costs. Waterworks operating costs, or expenditures, include waterworks’ staff salaries, benefits and training; power; telephone; fuel; heat; insurance; chemicals; repairs; maintenance; supplies; etc.

The $9.50 per thousand gallons used provides the planned per gallons of water usage water rate increases of approximately 10% per year. To demonstrate the impact on residents and businesses, below are estimated monthly charges that reflect the rate increases, which are based on average household consuming 3000 gallons of water each month.



Rate Per 1000 Gallons

Estimated Monthly Charge

(based on 3000 gallons)

January 1, 2012



January 1, 2013



January 1, 2014



January 1, 2015



January 1, 2016



(Describe the objectives of the waterworks rate policy)

The objective of the waterworks rate policy is to work towards waterworks that are self-financing, where the users pay for the cost of the service. To accomplish this, waterworks rates need to increase over time so that the revenues cover operating costs, to the extent possible. At the end of 2017, Council will review its waterworks policy to determine if revenues are covering costs.

This waterworks rate policy will work towards financially independent waterworks that do not have to compete with other key municipal financial demands under the municipal general fund. This will ensure our waterworks can provide safe drinking water. Also, rates that cover costs will influence consumer demand and water conservation, and self-financing waterworks from the general revenue fund will be reflected in the future mill rates.


On July 9, 2007, Council passed a resolution on a capital investment strategy.


The objective of the waterworks capital investment strategy was to address anticipated waterworks infrastructure maintenance, the immediate drinking water infrastructure Problems and future infrastructure replacements in a timely fashion so as to ensure the municipal waterworks provides safe drinking water to residents and businesses. The strategy used the 2004 waterworks system assessment that was required by Saskatchewan Environment for infrastructure planning.

To cover the costs of a new water plant and distribution well, Council undertook a combination of increasing water rates and an infrastructure charge to cover the costs of waterworks operating costs and the long term borrowing that was necessary for the construction of the water plant.

This capital investment strategy will ensure that safe drinking water can be provided to the residents and businesses in the community in the present and future.

Capital plans have been established to address the water works infrastructure deficiencies and replacements as identified and prioritized in the 2015 waterworks assessment to ensure safe drinking water. The current waterworks capital plans and planned sources of funding are as follows:

Project Planned Year of Completion 2010 Cost Future Cost* Source of Funding

WaterMain/Sewer Trunk 2010/11 660,000 719,400 Operating,Grants

Water Plant and

New Well 2010-11 1,965,000 2,138,000 Operating, Reserves,


Lift Station 2017 1,500,000 1,545,000 Grants, Borrowing


*Assuming a 3% rate of inflation per year. Future cost of the lift station is based upon actual tender.

For future waterworks capital plans, projects will be prioritized based on what is needed to ensure safe drinking water.

ANNUAL FINANCIAL OVERVIEW (of the previous calendar year)

Total 2016 waterworks revenues (as reported in the Financial Statements) (R) - $198,940

Total 2016 waterworks expenditures (as reported in the Financial Statements)(includes interest paid on waterworks infrastructure loans) (E) - $255,132

Total debt payments on waterworks infrastructure loans (D) – $70,056

Comparison of waterworks revenues to expenditures plus debt payments, expressed as a ratio –

(198,940) = .61

(255,132)+(70,056) 1

For 2016, waterworks revenues covered 61% of the waterworks operating expenditures because of an extraordinary amount of water lines breaks over the winter.

Amount of 2016 waterworks revenues transferred out of the utility, specifying where the revenues were transferred - $0.

Amount of 2016 supplementary funding required to cover expenditures, specifying the source of the supplementary funding – $126,248 – General Revenue


There are currently no reserves available for waterworks capital infrastructure - $0


  • Available for a cost of $50.00 is the 2015 waterworks system assessment, as required under section 35 of The Water Regulations, 2002.

There are no agreements for waterworks services.


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