A $49,000 fine has been handed out to a Saskatchewan irrigation agency after the drowning death of a worker.

The man died August 27, 2012, while he was working near Outlook for the South Saskatchewan River Irrigation District No. 1, the provincial government said in a news release.

At the time, he was trying to shut down a water pump and drain some canals.

The man's name wasn't disclosed in the news release. 

The government-funded organization pleaded guilty in Outlook court on March 13.

It was charged under occupational health and safety regulations for not fulfilling its obligation to ensure the safety of the worker and causing his death.