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Vancouver Park Board launches clean-water campaign with free pump-out service

June 19 2015

“We have seen unseasonably high e-coli levels in False Creek this year and everyone who uses our waterways and swims at our beaches is concerned,” said Park Board Vice Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “Clean water is everybody’s business."

Keep our water clean campaign

The Vancouver Park Board today launched a clean-water campaign, which includes free pump-out services for all pleasure craft at our marinas.

Our campaign reminds boaters, dog owners, and beach-goers to keep Vancouver’s water clean for the health, safety, and enjoyment of everyone.

High e-coli levels prompt the campaign

“We have seen unseasonably high e-coli levels in False Creek this year and everyone who uses our waterways and swims at our beaches is concerned,” said Park Board Vice Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “Clean water is everybody’s business. We want to get ahead of the hot dry summer season by taking early action that we hope will improve water quality.”

Kirby-Yung introduced a motion at a Park Board meeting two weeks ago directing staff to work on the clean water campaign.

Free pump-out services at Burrard and Heather marinas

A key element is our decision to offer free pump-out services at Burrard and Heather civic marinas. Previously, the service was free to marina members, while the public had to pay $10 each time.

In Canada, it's illegal to dump sewage from boats within three nautical miles of shore.

Learn about our marinas

Look for the campaign signs along False Creek

As part of our clean water campaign, we're also installing banners and signs in marinas, dog parks, and parks by False Creek.

If you're:

  • A boater, "Pump, don’t dump."
  • A dog owner, "Scoop the poop."
  • A beach-goer, "Put waste in its place."

We're continuing to consult with partners on the water quality issues we face.