Saskatchewan’s Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program will now be available to the entire province.
Originally offered in the southwest last year, the expanded program will support the development of secure water sources to expand the livestock industry, encourage rural economic activity and mitigate the effects of future drought.
Farmers, ranchers, rural municipalities and Indian bands across Saskatchewan are eligible for funding of community wells, large diameter and small diameter well, shallow or deep-buried pipeline, and dugouts.
Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud says the program will cover 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $60,000 for approved on-farm projects. For approved community well projects, the program will cover two-thirds of eligible costs to a maximum of $150,000 for rural municipalities or Indian band.
Funding for this program is cost-shared between the federal and provincial governments.
Additionally, the provincial government has announced it is increasing funding commitment to several non-profit groups that are helping protect the province’s water resources.
With the additional funding, the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority will now make a total of $820,000 in funding grants available to non-profit groups engaged in source water protection initiatives.