The City of Moose Jaw has been supplying water for domestic use to a rural group for 32 years and has agreed to add another user to the agreement.
During its Sept. 25 regular meeting, city council unanimously approved a request from rural resident Travis Hicke to be added for a new rural water connection for residential use to the Highway 1 West Water Co-operative.
Hicke submitted a letter to city hall on May 18 asking that he be added to the co-operative group and that the group allow him to join for residential-use purposes. His property is a residential site located at SW ¼ 18-17-26 W2.
“Based off modelled residential home averages, the city expects water demand to be increased by 250 to 500 (cubic metres; m3) per year,” a council report said. “This demand will not negatively impact city infrastructure.”
On Oct. 21, 1991, the municipality signed an agreement with the co-operative group and Her Majesty the Queen to supply water for domestic use and/or other uses that the city approved from time to time, a council report explained.
During a regular meeting on March 11, 2019, council considered a report about rural developments accessing municipal water and approved a resolution to remind water co-ops and rural municipalities that rural developments could not make service connections without the city’s approval.
The Highway 1 West Water Co-operative will be responsible for all costs associated with the new water connection, while the city will not be financially liable in any way, the report added.
The next regular council meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 10.
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