The City is guided by Health Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality and the Government of Saskatchewan’s Drinking Water Quality Standards and is regulated by the Water Security Agency’s Permit to Operate a Waterworks System regarding decisions relating to water safety.
The City continues to review best practices and regulatory requirements and may implement additional measures if information indicates such additional measures are necessary to safeguard the City’s water quality or safety.
The Water Security Agency requires the City to provide notice to consumers about the quality of water produced and supplied. The City is also required to provide information on the performance of its drinking water system and submit water samples.
A variety of tests are conducted on a weekly and annual basis. This information is reported to our regulator, the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency. View the Drinking Water Quality and Compliance Reports for more information:
Asbestos Cement Water Pipes
As of 2023, about half of Regina’s underground water pipes are made of asbestos cement. Residents who may be concerned about these water pipes, and the possibility of asbestos fibers in their drinking water, may find the following information helpful.
Health Canada has concluded that there is no consistent, convincing evidence that asbestos fibers ingested through water are harmful to your health.
- Read more about what Health Canada has to say about asbestos cement pipes, and asbestos fibers in drinking water
On June 23, 2021, City Council directed Administration to respond to several questions about asbestos cement water pipes in Regina. Administration’s response to Council includes many important facts, as well as helpful background information. Residents with questions about asbestos cement pipes are encouraged to read this Memo. A map showing the location of asbestos cement pipes in Regina is also available.
- Read the Memo to City Council regarding asbestos cement pipes, August 11, 2021
- View the map of asbestos cement water pipes in Regina
To provide residents with data about whether asbestos fibers are present in the drinking water, and if so how many, the City tests for asbestos in water and publicly reports the results.
Asbestos cement has not been used for new water pipes since the 1980’s. As asbestos cement pipes break in our shifting soils, and as planned infrastructure upgrades take place, they will be relined or replaced with asbestos-free materials.