Prairie Provinces Water Board

The MAA was signed in 1969 by Canada and the governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba in recognition of the need to cooperatively share and manage interprovincial waters for the benefit of present and future generations.

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Prairie Provinces Water Board
10th Floor, Alvin Hamilton Building
1783 Hamilton Street
Regina, SK  S4P 4K1

Telephone: (306) 564-4462
Fax: (306) 780-6810
Email: Leslie.Rankin@canada.ca

www.ppwb.ca

Frequently Asked Questions: Groundwater


Is transboundary groundwater quantity monitored and apportioned by the PPWB?

No, the Master Agreement on Apportionment has a general statement (Section 6.1) to consider groundwater matters that have implications affecting transboundary surface and groundwater. Problems can be referred to the Board who can consider recommendations. The current Agreement does not outline how groundwater should be monitored or shared across jurisdictions or how interjurisdictional issues should be addressed.

The provinces are the primary authorities to manage groundwater, and are reponsible to manage, protect and allocate groundwater within the province (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) including monitoring requirements.

The Committee on Groundwater and the Board is evaluating the need for a Schedule F that would provide a framework to address interjurisdictional groundwater issues. The questions of groundwater monitoring and apportionment or sharing of water quantity are being considered.

Do transboundary aquifers have PPWB water quality objectives?

No, the Master Agreement on Apportionment has a general statement (Section 6.1) to consider groundwater matters that have implications affecting transboundary surface and groundwater. Problems can be referred to the Board who can consider recommendations. The current Agreement does not outline how groundwater should be monitored or shared across jurisdictions or how interjurisdictional issues should be addressed.

The provinces are the primary authorities to manage groundwater, and are reponsible to manage and protect groundwater quality within the province (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba). Provincial drinking water guidelines apply to both surface and groundwater water supplies.

The Committee on Groundwater and the Board is evaluating the need for a Schedule F that would provide a framework to address interjurisdictional groundwater issues. The questions of groundwater monitoring and groundwater quality objectives or targets are being considered.


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