The Water Security Agency is projecting a below normal spring runoff across Southern Saskatchewan this year.
The agency says the outlook is based on dry conditions in the summer and fall of 2017, combined with below normal winter precipitation so far.
However, the preliminary spring runoff forecast says the potential could change because there is another possible 8 to 10 weeks of winter remaining.
But the forecast says it would take well above average precipitiation in February, March and April to produce an above average spring runoff within southern areas of the province.
Many surface water lakes and reservoirs are at below average levels due to low rainfall throughout 2017.
With below or well below normal runoff expected, the Water Security Agency says water supply shortages will intensify and expand across Southern Saskatchewan.
There could be some water supply issues for municipalities and irrigators if conditions remain dry into the summer months.
An updated forecast will be released next month.