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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

Indoor water saver kits include a self-cleaning shower head.

Indoor water saving kits

Vancouver's indoor water saving kits are an affordable way you can reduce water use. Find out how you can buy kits for your home.

Garden

When to water your lawn and garden

Find out when you can water your lawn according to the Vancouver summer watering restrictions.

Rain barrels collect rainwater to use when you water your lawn and garden

Rain barrels

Rain barrels collect rainwater that you can use to water your lawn and garden. Find out how rain barrels can keep a useful resource from running down the storm drain.

Report storm drain or catch basin problems, including flooding, to the City.

What not to pour down the drain

How to properly dispose of items like food scraps, cooking grease, medication, and household chemicals, and where to wash your vehicle.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:
604-873-7000

Speak your own language

When should you call 9-1-1? Click to find out       Deaf? Have difficulty speaking? Click to learn how to make a TTY call

More ways to contact us

Get help with your water and sewer concerns

Sewer crew hard at work

Problems with leaks, floods, and sewage

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.

Last modified: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:02:39

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