Water & Wastewater Training
SaskWater works on behalf of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to provide operating training to Saskatchewan First Nations. In 2014, SaskWater trained 70 water and wastewater operators at 29 First Nations. The number of First Nations participating in this training has gradually declined as tribal councils have taken on the responsibility of running their own training programs.
The goal of SaskWater's training program is to assist in providing a safe water supply to residents and to safeguard their valuable water and wastewater infrastructure investment. The program began in 1978 and has evolved and expanded over the years to suit the specific water and wastewater operational needs of First Nations communities as they adapt to frequently changing technology and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements.
Benefits to First Nations communities include:
enhanced quality of water and wastewater operation
emergency technical assistance as required
limited service disruptions and threats to public water quality and supply
progressive operator development, including certification tutorial support, and
annual water consumption records collection and reporting representation at project management team meetings on behalf of First Nations, receiving new facilities or significant facility upgrades, and upon request, participation in relevant stakeholder meetings
SaskWater recognizes the need for sustaining healthy partnerships to secure strong communities and a safe, abundant water supply. Through effective communication and collaboration with First Nations operators, Band councils, INAC, tribal councils and health officials, best practices for water and wastewater operation are ensured for First Nations communities in Saskatchewan.