Murray Feist, ruminant nutrition specialist at the provincial agriculture ministry, said 555 water bodies were sampled, including dugouts, wells, water lines, sloughs and other surface water sources. Sixty-two percent were dugouts, 13 percent were wells and the remainder came from the other sources.
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Half of water samples test as unacceptable

SASKATOON — Water testing through the summer of 2017 found about half of Saskatchewan water sources sampled were unacceptable for livestock to drink. Hot temperatures and dry conditions resulted in high levels of total dissolved solids (TDS) and sulfates in many locations. One extreme case of poor quality led to the deaths of more than […] Read more

Dry summers cast light on water quality

OLDS, Alta. — When 200 cows died in Saskatchewan after drinking from a contaminated dugout, it foreshadowed future problems with high salt content in water across the Prairies. “If we don’t get the snow or there is very little runoff and we get another hot summer, that water is going to evaporate and the level […] Read more

Several cattle producers along the Wood River in south-central Saskatchewan have to move about 1,000 head to different pastures after water quality in the river declined unexpectedly. | File photo

Cattle producers lose access to Sask. river

Several cattle producers along the Wood River in south-central Saskatchewan have to move about 1,000 head to different pastures after water quality in the river declined unexpectedly. The issue arose earlier this week after Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals, based at Chaplin, diverted water from the river for its sodium sulfate operations. As a result, oxygen […] Read more


Kevin Jakubec points to the dark, silty sediment in this sample of water as evidence of how wells have been compromised by wind farm developments in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent in Ontario. | Jeffrey Carter photo

Ontario residents say wind farm vibrations threaten groundwater

The rural community says they depend on the aquifer every day
and wants the North Kent Wind One project halted

CHATHAM-KENT, Ont. — Vibrations from wind turbines, a phenomena known as seismic coupling, is being blamed for sedimentation in more than 20 water wells in this southwestern Ontario municipality. More than 460 rural residents have signed a petition, which was presented to the municipal council Aug. 22, asking for a moratorium on further development. Thousands […] Read more