Metro Vancouver provides a reliable source of safe, high-quality drinking water to our member municipalities at a reasonable cost by acquiring and maintaining the supply, treating it to ensure its quality and delivering it to the municipalities. We use a system of watersheds, dams, reservoirs, pump stations and water mains. To maintain the quality and reliability of these systems and of the supply, improvements are constantly underway.
Since 2014 Metro Vancouver has been treating drinking water from the Coquitlam source with UV, in combination with Ozone. UV is highly effective in taking care of potential micro-organisms without having to use a lot of chemicals. This facility has major sustainability features, provides excellent quality drinking water and is something to be proud of.
Metro Vancouver is exploring the potential to generate hydropower from the existing drinking water reservoir infrastructure, mainly the overspill from the Capilano and Seymour source dams. This exploration is within the context of the region’s commitment to provide clean, safe drinking water, protect fish habitat downstream and anticipate climate change impacts on our water supply.
Metro Vancouver works with other organizations on some significant fisheries initiatives; transporting fish above the dams, collecting crucial data, assessing and enhancing off-channel habitat, funding core hatchery costs, educating visitors to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve and more.
Metro Vancouver is constantly improving and expanding our water distribution system. A current project involves installing a new water supply tunnel (3.5 metres-diametre) west of the new Port Mann Bridge to carry drinking water to growing communities south of the Fraser.
Every summer our water can double, when rainfall is at its lowest. We use as much as two billion litres on the hottest days (about 1 billion on a winter day), much of it for outdoor uses like lawn sprinkling. The regulations are in effect May 15 to October 15 and are very effective in lowering our water use.