Keep our water safe and plentiful
We have four critical goals related to water supply and sewage treatment:
- To provide the best drinking water of any major city by 2020
- To conserve potable water, and ensure water is available at all times
- To protect Vancouver's waterways, and the environment
- To ensure we are prepared for emergencies, including major disasters
Safe, accessible drinking water
Vancouver's water is collected in the Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam reservoirs. On an average day, the water system delivers 360-million L of high-quality water throughout the city.
Water conservation and protection
Reducing water consumption, and being aware of what goes into the sewer are important parts of working towards the goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.
Replacing combined sewer systems with separated sewer systems ensures sewage does not enter Vancouver's waterways, protecting the environment.
A major disaster, such as an earthquake, could make our conventional fire protection system unusable. Our dedicated fire protection system is designed to pump potable water, plus salt water when needed.