Water, sewer, and neighbourhood energy systems
Our goals related to water supply, sewage treatment, and energy supply are:
- 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
- To develop neighbourhood-scale energy centres that use low-carbon, renewable resources to provide heat and hot water
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.
Environmental protection and innovation
Replacing combined sewer systems with separated sewer systems so sewage does not enter Vancouver's waterways, and using innovative sources of energy such as sewage waste heat protects 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.