The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency is spending a record 43.6-million-dollars on improving dams and water channels across the province.
Patrick Boyle with the Agency said the funds will ensure safe operation of 69 dams and 130 kilometers of water channels.
“In the Qu’Appelle valley we’re looking at the Qu’Appelle River dam for about 800-thousand-dollars, and doing some maintenance work of the upper Qu’Appelle convenience channel to ensure we can move water down from Lake Diefenbaker into the Qu’Appelle system, and that’s about 750-thousand dollars,” Boyle said.
Boyle said an important part of the work is the ongoing re-construction of the M1 canal, which moves irrigation water from Lake Diefenbaker to the Outlook area.
The agency is also spending 10 million dollars on upgrading 20 former federal dams, mostly in the southwest.