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Clean Water

Our goal: Vancouver will have the best drinking water of any city in the world

Population growth and climate change will impact our access to water in the future. We are working to help residents and businesses use less water. 

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Our target: Meet or beat the strongest of British Columbian, Canadian, and appropriate international drinking water quality standards and guidelines
Our target: Reduce per capita water consumption by 33% from 2006 levels

Progress we've made so far

Water Consumption Chart
Hover on data points for more information on that year's performance.
To learn more about this metric, see the 'How We Measure Success' section below.

2015-2020 priority actions

Short-term actions for achieving our goals for 2020.

Our 2015-2016 successes

Recent initiatives that bring us closer to reaching the Clean Water goal.

Vancouverites conserve water during dry summer of 2015

Approved the Integrated Rainwater Management Plan

Volunteers at Gathering Place reduced laundry water use

Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2015-2016  (8 MB)

Our 2014-2015 successes

Initiatives that brought us closer to reaching the Clean Water goal from 2014 to 2015.

Installed efficient fixtures in restaurants

Promoted "water-wise" gardening practices

Upgraded sewers to prevent contamination

Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2014-2015  (2 MB)

How we measure success

The metrics for Clean Water rely on city and regional water quality and consumption data.

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Initiatives that are helping us reach our goal and targets

Metered rates

Find more information about metered rates for water, sewer, and energy. The City has introduced seasonal metered water rates to meet our water conservation goals.

Separating sewage from rainwater

We are installing separated sewer lines to replace the combined sewer system. Find out why we are separating them.

Water meters

Understand how water meters work and how they help us conserve our drinking water supply.