Sometimes we take it for granted, but Metro Vancouver's water infrastructure is a remarkable state-of-the-art system. Learn how we ensure the 2.5 million people in our region have water when they want it.
Rain or shine, we take water conservation seriously. Learn where your water comes from and why it's important to conserve, and find easy tips to use a little less.
Metro Vancouver provides a reliable source of safe, high-quality drinking water to our member municipalities at a reasonable cost by acquiring and maintaining the supply, treating it to ensure its quality and delivering it to the municipalities. We use a system of watersheds, dams, reservoirs, pump stations and water mains. To maintain the quality and reliability of these systems and of the supply, improvements are constantly underway.
Metro Vancouver is exploring the potential to generate hydropower from the existing drinking water reservoir infrastructure, mainly the overspill from the Capilano and Seymour source dams. This exploration is within the context of the region’s commitment to provide clean, safe drinking water, protect fish habitat downstream and anticipate climate change impacts on our water supply.
Metro Vancouver works with other organizations on some significant fisheries initiatives; transporting fish above the dams, collecting crucial data, assessing and enhancing off-channel habitat, funding core hatchery costs, educating visitors to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve and more.
Metro Vancouver is constantly improving and expanding our water distribution system. A current project involves installing a new water supply tunnel (5 metres diameter) deep under the Burrard Inlet, to help ensure the continued, reliable delivery of clean, safe drinking water to a growing region..
Every summer our water use can increase by 50% when rainfall is at its lowest. We use as much as 1.5 billion litres on the hottest days (about 1 billion on a winter day), much of it for outdoor uses like lawn watering. The regulations are in effect May 1 to October 15 and are very effective in lowering our water use.
Metro Vancouver acknowledges that the region’s residents live, work, and learn on the shared territories of many Indigenous peoples, including 10 local First Nations: Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Matsqui, Musqueam, Qayqayt, Semiahmoo, Squamish, Tsawwassen, and Tsleil-Waututh.
Metro Vancouver respects the diverse and distinct histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, which collectively enrich our lives and the region.