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November 12, 2012
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Nov. 12, 2012, Saskatchewan – The Government of Saskatchewan has released the 25 Year Saskatchewan
Water Security Plan.

Nov. 12, 2012, Saskatchewan – The Government of Saskatchewan has released the 25 Year Saskatchewan
Water Security Plan.

For the first time, all of government's core water management
responsibilities and technical expertise will come together to ensure a
comprehensive and integrated approach to water management.

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The plan will ensure the sustainability and quality of Saskatchewan's
surface and ground water supplies while protecting drinking water
supplies from the source to the tap. The plan outlines seven goals: sustainable supplies, drinking water safety, protection of water resources, safe and sustainable dams, flood and drought damage reduction, adequate data, information and knowledge and effective governance and engagement.

"Our government is responding to stakeholders who strongly identified
the need for a long-term and comprehensive water strategy," said Ken Cheveldayoff, the minister
responsible for the water security agency, in a press release. "We are
excited to create a strong new agency to oversee this vision of a key
provincial resource as we move forward and address the opportunities as
well as the challenges of growth. We want to ensure there is a
sustainable water supply available to support our growth, a healthy
environment and our quality of life."

"The new Water Security Agency will not only see the strategy
implemented province-wide, but it will improve service to individuals,
businesses and communities," Cheveldayoff added. "Providing a single
point of contact with government to address water issues was a message
we heard loud and clear through our stakeholder consultations."

The Water Security Agency will report annually on implementation of the
Water Security Plan. To find out more about the 25 Year Water Security
Plan and the Water Security Agency, visit www.wsask.ca.