Saskatoon is filled with caring, passionate and talented people committed to building a better community. WAM strives to enhance these efforts by acting as a catalyst for change

H2O Hydration Station

The hydration station supplies have been donated to the Bridge City Bike Co-op. If you have questions about building and making a station of your own, please contact us.

The WAM Hydration Station is a simple, convenient and portable tap water distribution service that gives community members access to free, clean and refreshing Saskatoon tap water at outdoor community events. The project aims to increase availability of tap water and raise awareness about what makes it superior to bottled water. Since 2010, the WAM Hydration station has helped quench the thirst of thousands of festival-goers at many of Saskatoon’s most exciting outdoor events including the Sasktel Jazz Festival, PotashCorp Fringe Festival, PotashCorp Children’s Festival, Wake Ride, Waterfront Craft Festival, Canada Day and many more!

Why Tap Water?

If you’re wondering what makes tap water so special, we believe there are a number of reasons why it wins over the bottled options commonly offered at community events, including:

  1. Cost: Bottled water costs approximately 1000 times more than tap water. You can refill a 12oz glass of water approximately 9700 times for the same price as a six-pack of water.
  2. Health: The bottled water industry is less regulated than municipal water treatment plants. Water treated by the City of Saskatoon meets all, and in most cases exceeds, rigorous national drinking water quality standards.
  3. Environment: It takes over three megajoules of energy and up to three litres of water just to produce one litre of bottled water. In turn, transporting and refrigerating that bottle burns fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases and contribute to climate change. At the end of their useful lives, more than 80% of recyclable plastic bottles end up in landfills. They do not break down naturally and release toxic chemicals when they finally do decompose.
  4. Human Rights: Access to safe and affordable water is everyone’s fundamental human right! The privatization of water increases cost and restricts access for the most vulnerable members of society.

If you’d like to learn more about why tap water is better than bottled water and what you can do to help, visit:

  1. storyofstuff.org/bottledwater
  2. bottledwaterfreeday.ca
  3. safewater.org