Water & Sewer

Water Treatment FAQs

Where does the Town water supply come from?

The Town Water is supplied by groundwater from a well that is piped into the Water Treatment Plant.

How many wells does the Town have?

The Town has two wells, one that is online and one that is a backup.

When did the Town convert to the RO system?

The Town converted to the Reverse Osmosis System in 2006.

How many gallons of water (on average) per day is needed to supply the Town?

On average the town uses approximately 70,000 gallons per day.

What chemicals are required to treat the water to meet provincial requirements for safe drinking water?

Sodium Hypochlorite (Liquid Chlorine) is used for disinfection.

Is training required in water treatment systems?

Yes, all Potable Water Treatment Systems must have a certified Operator as per Saskatchewan Water Security Regulations.

Why does the town do annual water line flushing?

The town does annual water line flushing to clean out any sediment in the lines and to be compliant with Saskatchewan Water Security Regulations.

Why does the water turn a rusty colour when the lines are being flushed?

The lines turn a rusty colour because it comes from sedimentation in the lines.

Sanitary Sewer System FAQ’s

Is the Foam Lake sewage system self-sufficient?

Yes.

Is our wastewater treated?

The wastewater is treated naturally by the wind and sun.

Where does our household and commercial wastewater go?

Wastewater is gravity fed to a Lift Station then the wastewater is pumped to a Lagoon.

How does a lift station work?

The Wastewater Gravity flows to a Lift Station and then pumps are used to pump it to a Lagoon.

How many km of sewer mains, manholes, and main service lines run through Town?

Approximately 15 Miles of lines run through Town.

Why is it so important not to flush so-called “disposable” wipes and rags into the sewer system?

The material does not break down and can block the flow in the line. It also plugs up the sewage pumps at the Lift Stations.

How large of a population can our lagoon handle?

Our sewage system has the capacity for up to a population of 2,500.

Utility Rates & Recycling Fees


Water, Sewer, and Recycling fees are billed quarterly; March, June, September, and December. Minimum billings are $165.00 which is based on usage of up to 5,000 gallons. Usage over 5,000 gallons is $13.70 per 1,000 gallons. Base rates are as follows:

  • Water – $66.00
  • Sewer- $44.00
  • WP Flat Rate- $40.00
  • Recycle fees – $15.00

The philosophy is straight-forward: the more you use, the more you pay.

The Town of Foam Lake does not actively monitor your individual daily water consumption.
If you notice your consumption is unusually high, you may have a leak. Please check all taps, toilets, and water valves in your home, and make note of your meter reading last thing at night and first thing in the morning. If there was usage during the night, you may have a leak and you may want to call a plumber. The Town of Foam Lake is only responsible for malfunctions or damages to the individual water meters, and not for any other plumbing in a private residents or business that may require attention.

Click here to view/download the Utility Rates Bylaw.

Application for New Services


All new accounts will require a deposit of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00). This deposit stays with the account until the property is sold, or in the case of a renter, the tenant moves. Upon the sale and transfer of ownership documents being received by the Town Office, the deposit will be refunded by cheque or applied to the final utility bill. In all cases, a cancellation request form must be on file with the Town Office in order to process your refund.

Click here to view/download the Water & Sewer Service Application Form.

Cancellation of Services


Anyone wishing to cancel their utility services MUST file a cancellation form with the Town Office.

Click here to view/download the Water & Sewer Service Cancellation Form.

Bulk Water Station


The Town of Foam Lake sells potable water to commercial and residential customers via a coin-operated filling station located at the Fire Hall – 117 Railway Ave West.