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How the water and sewer system works

Vancouver has 1,450 km of water pipes, and 2,800 km of sewer pipes.

Vancouver's water and sewer system is a complex network of pipes that delivers 360-million litres of fresh, potable water into Vancouver homes and businesses, and removes excess water and sewage for treatment.

The City also builds on the latest environmental studies to develop systems to collect rainwater and stormwater runoff from buildings, roads, and parking lots, to carry into the local waterways, like Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River.

Find out more about this complex system through the pages below.

Learn about Vancouver's water and sewer system

Manholes give City maintenance workers access to the sewer and water systems.

Manholes and valves

Find out what manholes and water valves are used for, and report problems with City of Vancouver manhole and valve covers.

The City performs yearly sewer replacement and maintenance to avoid costly mega-projects.

How the City maintains the water and sewer system

The City of Vancouver performs yearly sewer maintenance and sewer replacement, find out what to expect from construction in your area.

How you can conserve water and protect natural water resources

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Water wise conservation

Get water wise. Follow lawn water restrictions. Find out what you can do and what we're doing to become a water wise city.

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Fix leaks, floods, and sewage problems

Find out how to track down the source of water leaks, flooding, or drainage problems and when to call the City or an independent plumber.

Water metersFire hydrantsWater fountainsStreet drainage and storm drainsManholes and valvesHow the City maintains the water and sewer system