What is the current government's opinion about new industrial customers for SaskWater?
When the current Saskatchewan government came into power they hired an independent firm, Meyers Norris Penny, to do a review of SaskWater. The recommendations of this report included to “focus on growing industrial revenues” as a high priority. Currently, SaskWater’s existing industrial customers represent approximately 2/3 of their revenue which is a substantial portion.
With full knowledge of this report, Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan (CIC) made a decision in early 2009 to mandate SaskWater against pursuing any new industrial customers. These customers usually have high volume demand which helps the smaller users. If SaskWater is not allowed to pursue these industrial customers, residential and small business customers will be required to make up for the loss of income.
The government has lead the people of this province to believe that growth of the Crowns will keep them safe, while using backdoor tactics to ensure SaskWater does not remain profitable.